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Who led my Brownlow count after Round 3?

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26th June, 2020
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With the excitement of footy being back, I’ve decided to run a Brownlow count for each game this year.

Hawthorn versus Richmond
3. Isaac Smith
2. Jaeger O’Meara
1. Chad Wingard
This could go any of three ways. Smith was quiet towards the end of the game, but set up the win in the first half with run and dash. O’Meara also broke through some tackles early, while Wingard was the cherry on top with three goals.

Western Bulldogs versus GWS
3. Jack Macrae
2. Caleb Daniel
1. Bailey Smith
Smith and Daniel were central to the win with their burst and precision respectively. Macrae may just get the nod as the highest ball winner, however. Marcus Bontempelli would certainly have caught the umpires’ eyes against his nemises, and Josh Dunkley also hit the scoreboard.

Sydney versus North Melbourne
3. Isaac Heeney
2. Jy Simpkin
1. Luke Parker
Simpkin continued his fine start to the season, this time on the losing side. Simpkin and Heeney were a class above in a scrappy match. Parker’s goal may help him pip Josh Kennedy for the one vote.

Collingwood versus St Kilda
3. Steele Sidebottom
2. Taylor Adams
1. Brodie Grundy
Adams has taken his game to another level this year, but Sidebottom was even more dominant, showing all his class. Scott Pendlebury was fantastic in the second half, but the game was already won.

Carlton versus Geelong
3. Patrick Cripps
2. Mitch Duncan
1. Sam Docherty
It’s hard to see anyone taking the three votes off Cripps, who put in a mammoth performance including two goals. Duncan helped turn the game for Geelong, and his disallowed goal would’ve put Geelong within a goal of the Blues. Jack Martin was also influential, but won less of the ball.

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Patrick Cripps of the Blues smiles after victory

(Photo by Graham Denholm/AFL Photos via Getty Images )

Brisbane versus West Coast
3. Lachie Neale
2. Hugh McCluggage
1. Jarrod Berry
This match delivered another three votes for Neale, who looks a likely candidate to win the whole thing. McCluggage had 26 disposals (32.5 adjusted), and Berry sealed the win for the Lions as West Coast started to fight back. Jarrod Lyons is a chance for one vote.

Gold Coast versus Adelaide
3. Matt Rowell
2. Touk Miller
1. Lachie Weller
Has there ever been a better first three games? Rowell and Miller both had great games, but I suspect the hype over Rowell will get him the three votes. Weller was good again, while Jarrod Witts had midfield numbers.

Port Adelaide versus Fremantle
3. Travis Boak
2. Ollie Wines
1. Nat Fyfe
It’s hard to go past Boak for the three votes again, and could have a perfect score after three rounds. Tough and clean with the footy, his return to the midfield last year was a fantastic move by Ken Hinkley. Wines returned with a bang, while Fyfe and Michael Walters couldn’t find a way to rally the troops.