15 Rounds in and the Brownlow Medal is shaping up as being one of the closest in recent years.
Unless one of the current contenders has a really big finish to the season it may come down to the last round.
The current leader of the Brownlow Medal Predictor for 2019, Patrick Cripps didn’t make the trip out West where the Blues had a narrow win over the Fremantle Dockers.
Here are the Brownlow Predictions for Round 15, 2019
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Who has the best chance to become the Brownlow Medal Winner on Brownlow Medal Night.
Essendon vs GWS
Essendon 12.5 77 – GWS 10.11 71
(Essendon by 6 Points)
1 Vote (Essendon) Zach Merrett (10)
A big comeback win for the Bombers and their best midfielder was Zach Merrett. 28 Possessions, 7 Clearances and 7 Inside 50s should have him featuring in the votes in this game.
2 Votes (GWS) Zac Williams (6)
Josh Kelly or Stephen Coniglio may get votes in this game, but Williams played a fantastic game down back for the Giants.
21 of his 29 Possessions were kicks and he worked hard down back with 14 Contested Possessions. 7 Marks, 4 Clearances and 6 Rebound 50s made him noticed, but it will be his 12 Intercept Possessions that should land him votes.
3 Votes (Essendon) Shaun McKernan (3)
He kicked the winning goal for the Bombers which may have been touched, but McKernan proved that he can occasionally turn it on.
He didn’t get a lot of the footy, but was solid all night and was a clear X Factor. 5 of his 8 Marks were Contested, he kicked a couple of important goals and was good in the Ruck with 19 Hit-outs and 5 Inside 50s. A solid performer in the Bombers comeback win.
Geelong vs Adelaide
Geelong 14.12 96 – Adelaide 10.9 69
(Geelong by 27 Points)
1 Vote (Adelaide) Rory Sloane (9)
The Crows hung in there for most of the night and Sloane was a significant contributing factor. 16 of his 30 Possessions were Contested and he racked up 9 Clearances and 6 Tackles to be the Crows best player.
2 Votes (Geelong) Joel Selwood (5)
Selwood was filling up the Stat Sheet early and kept the form going throughout the match. 33 Possessions, 6 Clearances, 7 Marks and 9 Score Involvements made him one of the best players on the Ground.
3 Votes (Geelong) Tim Kelly (17)
Kelly is having a breakout year and is right up near the top of the leaderboard after 15 Rounds of the 2019 Brownlow Medal Predictor.
He regularly kicks goals and had 2 on this night with 10 Score Involvements. His 33 Possessions came at 82% Efficiency and he racked up 9 Clearances to be the best player on the ground.
Hawthorn vs West Coast
Hawthorn 9.17 71 – West Coast 11.11 77
(West Coast by 6 Points)
1 Vote (West Coast) Jack Darling (3)
The Eagles managed to hold off an impressive Hawks outfit and it had a lot to do with the Efficiency of Jack Darling up forward. He kicked 5 Goals, had 8 Score Involvements and took 6 Marks in Slippery Conditions. 4 of those Marks were contested which proved valuable in such a close contest.
2 Votes (Hawthorn) Jaeger O’Meara (10)
The Hawks best player with a tally of 36 Disposals in which 24 were Contested. Also had 11 Clearances, 10 Tackles and 6 Score Involvements to almost help the Hawks pinch an upset.
3 Votes (West Coast) Luke Shuey (9)
The Norm-Smith Medalist from last years Grand Final was at it again at the MCG and was a clear Best on Ground.
20 of his 39 Possessions were contested and he racked up 11 Clearances, 9 Tackles and 11 Inside 50s in a dominating display. Should be a certainty for the 3 Votes in this game.
Sydney vs Gold Coast
Sydney 14.9 93 – Gold Coast 7.9 51
(Sydney by 42 Points)
1 Vote (Sydney) Issac Heeney (4)
The Swans are back in form and Issac Heeney played a big part in setting up another win. 28 Possessions at 88% Efficiency, 11 Marks, 9 Score Involvements and 2 Goals should help him feature in the votes.
2 Votes (Sydney) Josh Kennedy (5)
The Contested Ball Magnet, Kennedy was again one of the better Swans players out there.
He racked up 27 Possessions, 8 Clearances and 6 Score Involvements to really stand out in the Midfield.
3 Votes (Sydney) Luke Parker (12)
Parker has had a good few weeks and continues to climb the leaderboard midway through the season.
16 of his 31 Possessions were contested and he racked up 11 Clearances in an impressive showing. Also had 6 Score Involvements and 6 Tackles to be the best player on the ground.
Collingwood vs North Melbourne
Collingwood 5.7 37 – North Melbourne 11.15 81
(North Melbourne by 44 Points)
1 Vote (North Melbourne) Jy Simpkin (1)
A big win for the Kangaroos over one of the Flag Favourites.
Simpkin was solid all evening with 30 Possessions coming at 83% Efficiency. 17 of those Possessions were contested and he had 11 Clearances and 7 Inside 50s to be one of the best players on the ground.
2 Votes (North Melbourne) Jack Ziebell (8)
Ziebell has been one of the best for the Kangaroos since Rhys Shaw took over and this was again a solid display.
25 Possessions, 3 Goals and 7 Score Involvements made him a significant contributor to the Kangaroos big win. Also had 7 Clearances, 5 Tackles and 5 Inside 50s in a smashing of the Pies.
3 Votes (North Melbourne) Ben Cunnington (15)
Cunnington could be the surprise packet in this years count and again was one of the Kangaroos Best.
He’s main disposal choice is handball and he had 37 Possessions at 86% Efficiency in this match. 10 Score Involvements, 17 Contested Possessions and 7 Clearances made him the best player on the ground.
Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs
Port Adelaide 5.11 41 – Western Bulldogs 10.6 66
(Western Bulldogs by 25 Points)
1 Vote (Port Adelaide) Scott Lycett (5)
The Power were disappointing in the wet, but Lycett gave his Midfielders the best chance for first use of the footy once again and had a significant impact.
17 of his 21 Disposals were contested, and he had 7 Intercept Possessions, 9 Tackles and 4 Clearances. He dominated the ruck with 42 Hit-outs and was more than likely the best Power player on the ground.
2 Votes (Western Bulldogs) Jack Macrae (11)
Another big night statistically for Macrae with 36 Possesions in which 20 of those were contested. 6 Clearances, 6 Tackles and 12 Intercept Possessions made him a significant contributor in the big Bulldogs victory.
3 Votes (Western Bulldogs) Marcus Bontempelli (11)
A fine game from Bontempelli in which he collected 27 Disposals including 18 Contested. 9 Clearances, 10 Tackles and 7 Inside 50s made him the best player on the ground.
St Kilda vs Richmond
St Kilda 10.10 70 – Richmond 16.7 103
(Richmond by 33 Points)
1 Vote (Richmond) Sydney Stack (1)
A fine first season from the rookie and he made an impact with 4 Goals in this match. Not a lot of the footy with just the 15 Disposals, but when he got it he made an impact with 8 Score Involvements. Also had 5 Marks, 4 Tackles and 4 Inside 50s and should feature in the votes.
2 Votes (St Kilda) Rowan Marshall (2)
Marshall is one of the top-ranked players in the comp over the last month, and he continues to impress for the Saints in a position they have struggled with since Trading Ben McEvoy all those years back.
19 Possessions, 9 Marks and 9 Score Involvements to go along with his 33 Hit-outs should be enough to land him votes.
3 Votes (Richmond) Dustin Martin (11)
Dusty was back to his Brownlow Medal Winning Best in this game and certainly dominated the early stages of this contest when the game was on the line.
36 Possessions , 10 Score Involvements, 7 Marks and 6 Clearances will make it tough for any other player to steal votes off him.
Brisbane vs Melbourne
Brisbane 15.17 107 – Melbourne 11.8 74
(Brisbane by 33 Points)
1 Vote (Brisbane) Eric Hipwood (3)
Hipwood does not need a lot of the footy to have an impact and this game was no exception.
Just the 13 Possessions, but he kicked 5 Goals to go along with his 9 Score Involvements. 3 of his 9 Marks were contested and he proved a handful for the Demons defence.
2 Votes (Brisbane) Dayne Zorko (9)
Zorko may get all three in this game and his having a great month of football.
16 of his 31 Possessions were Contested, but it was his work up forward with 10 Score Involvements and 3 Goals which made him stand out. Also took 7 Marks ,had 7 Clearances and 6 Inside 50s to prove his worth and be one of the Lions best.
3 Votes (Brisbane) Lachie Neale (17)
Neale has continued his solid form this season and had 38 Disposals in this game in which 23 of those were contested. A Staggering 12 Clearances and 13 Score Involvements should land him the 3 Votes in another Lions win.
Fremantle vs Carlton
Fremantle 11.9 75 – Carlton 11.13 79
(Carlton by 4 Points)
1 Vote (Carlton) Marc Murphy (1)
Murphy was back to his best in the Carlton come from behind victory. He filled up the Stat Sheet with 34 Possessions, 8 Score Involvements and 7 Clearances to be one of the Blues best in a big win out West.
2 Votes (Fremantle) Nat Fyfe (16)
Once again the Dockers best, Fyfes 29 Possessions included 16 Contested. 3 of his 8 Marks were contested in slippery conditions and racked up 6 Clearances and 7 Tackles to be the Dockers best player.
3 Votes (Carlton) Ed Curnow (5)
Ed Curnow was huge in this game with 20 of his 32 Possessions being contested. He racked up a massive 15 Clearances in this game and was simply a standout when the game was up for grabs.
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