Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe has picked up the second Brownlow Medal of his career at the 2019 Brownlow count.
The 28-year-old had the medal iced with two rounds to go, winning with a total of six votes to beat Patrick Dangerfield in second on 27.
Patrick Cripps and Lachie Neale came in tied for third with 26 votes apiece, while Dangerfield’s teammate Tim Kelly finished fifth with 24.
The result makes Fyfe just the fifteenth player in the history of the VFL/AFL to win multiple Brownlow Medals, and with a few more good years left in him yet could give him a shot at becoming only the fifth to win three.
He is also one of only two players in the history of the competition to average at least one vote per game played, joining Fitzroy’s legendary three-time winner Haydn Bunton senior.
Fyfe’s 33 votes will take him to a career total of 174, which puts him inside the top 20 for all-time votes, territory that 2017 medallist Dustin Martin also moved into tonight.
Patrick Dangerfield’s 27 votes saw him shoot to a career tally of 209 and into the all-time top ten, where he is now sixth overall and just one vote behind Chris Judd.
Scott Pendlebury also moved into the all-time top ten tonight and will be ninth overall, overtaking Dane Swan as Collingwood’s all-time leading votegetter.
Pendlebury, along with Leigh Matthews, Joel Selwood and Brent Harvey, is one of four players in the all-time top ten to have never won the medal.
Gary Ablett with 13 votes became the first player in the history of the game to move past the 250 career votes milestone, and in fact finished the night with a career tally of 261.
Whether he continues to add more to that next year, or perhaps has played his last AFL game, is something we’ll find out in the coming weeks.