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BROWNLOW MEDAL FINAL LEADERBOARD
|Shai Bolton wins Mark of the Year|
|Travis Boak wins Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award|
|Caleb Serong wins Goal of the Year|
The 2021 AFL Brownlow Medal promises to be the closest-run count in many a year, with a number of stars vying for the gong as the best player of the season. Join The Roar for round-by-round updates and every vote from 7pm (AEST).
In recent times, this night has already had its victor all but crowned before the event has even begun, with short-priced favourites winning in a canter time and time again. This year promises to be different, with a plethora of the game’s greats all well and truly in contention to take home ‘Charlie’.
The slender favourite is Port Adelaide jet Ollie Wines, after a career-best season in which he secured a maiden All Australian blazer and led Port to a preliminary final. Averaging a whopping 32 disposals a game, the clearance king would be a worthy winner.
The two grand finalists also feature plenty of the hottest prospects, with Western Bulldogs guns Marcus Bontempelli and Jack Macrae, and Melbourne stars Christian Petracca and Clayton Oliver, all in heavy contention. The only question is whether they will take too many votes off one another to challenge in a high count, as happened to Bontempelli and Macrae at the 2019 Brownlow. A victory would make the lead-up to the big dance all the sweeter should one of them pull it off.
From outside the eight, St Kilda co-captain Jack Steele and Carlton gun Sam Walsh have defied their teams’ struggling form to loom as smokies for the prestigious award. Both were worthy selections in the All Australian team, and a Brownlow win would cap off superb individual seasons. Walsh would become the first third-year player to win since the great Chris Judd back in 2004.
Elsewhere, the Mark of the Year winner will also be crowned. It’s been a season dominated by a series of stunning grabs, with Richmond pair Shai Bolton and Jack Riewoldt, and Hawthorn’s Tim O’Brien, all beating out some severe competition to make it to the last three. Goal of the Year will also be close, though none of Bontempelli, Melbourne’s Kysaiah Pickett or Fremantle’s Caleb Serong faced the same amount of competition as the high-flyers did.
Barring a surge of votes for Power teammate and noted vote-winner Travis Boak, Wines should do just enough to edge out Oliver and Bontempelli for the gong, with Steele and Walsh to be hurt by their teams’ relative poor performance in 2021.
Serong’s Derby-winning snap should take out Goal of the Year, while in the tighest-run count of the night, I’ll back in Jack Riewoldt to claim the Mark of the Year.
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