The Brownlow Medal recognises the AFL’s best player according to match officials throughout the regular home and away season. The Brownlow is the most coveted individual award in the AFL and is named after Australian Rules great Charlie Brownlow who represented Geelong in the 19th century when the competition was known as the VFL.
With the defending winner, Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe, ruled out for the season the 2016 prize has become somewhat of a one horse race with new Cats recruit Patrick Dangerfield favoured to collect his maiden ‘Charlie’. Players who have previously collected the Brownlow in the past include some AFL royalty like Gary Ablett, Dane Swan, Jimmy Bartel, Simon Black, Ben Cousins, Robert Harvey, Shane Crawford and Tony Lockett.
The Brownlow Medal is commonly dominated by midfielders and this year is expected to be no different with the likes of top contenders Dangerfield, Dustin Martin, Luke Parker and Joel Selwood all representing from the midfield.
Tips as of 16/08/2016
Geelong’s superstar signing, Patrick Dangerfield, is the clear favourite to win his first Brownlow Medal on the back of some unexpectedly brilliant performances for the Cats in the midfield alongside fellow contender Joel Selwood and Jimmy Bartel. Paddy has been a huge reason why the Cats have re-established themselves as premiership heavyweights under the guidance of championship-winning coach Chris Scott.
Dustin Martin has been criticised by some commentators for playing to increase his stats and make himself look good compared to everyone else on the ground, but there is no doubting the Richmond midfielder’s unbridled talent. The season (and career) high of 43 disposals in the Tigers’ July victory over the Bombers underlines just how important his contributions are for a team that is no chance of playing finals footy in 2016.
Prior to the first bounce of his team’s round 22 match, gun Swans midfielder Luke Parker has been on fire for the Harbour City club. In his last match for the Swans, which came against the Kangaroos, Parker was among his team’s best players in producing 31 disposals in the nine-point win. The week before, Parker managed an incredible 33 disposals and three goals and he has now firmed into $11 from last week's $13.
Selwood is considered the most unlikely of the top five contenders, probably due to the insatiable form of his new teammate Patrick Dangerfield. The star Cats captain has rediscovered his 2011 mojo that saw him guide the Cats to the flag; in fact this year has been one of the Bendigo boy’s best in his decorated 10-year career with Geelong. The 28-year-old midfielder has gradually firmed throughout the year from his mid-season price of $34 into his current $17 billing heading into round 23.
|2015||NAT FYFE||FREMANTLE DOCKERS||MIDFIELDER||31|
|2014||MATT PRIDDIS||WEST COAST EAGLES||MIDFIELDER||26|
|2013||GARY ABLETT JR||GOLD COAST SUNS||MIDFIELDER/FORWARD||28|
|2012||JOBE WATSON||ESSENDON BOMBERS||MIDFIELDER||30|
|2011||DANE SWAN||COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES||MIDFIELDER||34|
|2010||CHRIS JUDD||CARLTON BLUES||MIDFIELDER||30|
|2009||GARY ABLETT JR||GEELONG CATS||MIDFIELDER/FORWARD||30|
|2008||ADAM COONEY||WESTERN BULLDOGS||FORWARD/MIDFIELDER||24|
|2007||JIMMY BARTEL||GEELONG CATS||UTILITY||29|
|2006||ADAM GOODES||SYDNEY SWANS||UTILITY||26|