The 2019 AFL Regular Season has ended and the Brownlow Medal Count is shaping up as one of the closest in recent times.
Several players can take home the prestigious prize and the count may very well come down to the final round in which a former winner is almost certain to collect three votes.
The Favorites for this year’s medal include former winners, Nat Fyfe and Patrick Dangerfield, and Fyfe’s former teammate, in Lachie Neale is also a good chance.
Other players that may feature towards the back end of the count include, Carlton’s Patrick Cripps and the Western Bulldogs Marcus Bontempelli.
Or will it be an outsider, with the likes of Scott Pendlebury, Jack Macrae, Brodie Grundy, Travis Boak or Tim Kelly all having very good seasons.
All the above will stake a claim for this year’s award and we may very well see the first two or three-way tie for several years.
One player that will charge towards the back end of the count is Richmond’s Dustin Martin, but he can’t win it due to a suspension.
Here is the Brownlow Medal Predictor for Round 23, 2019.
Make sure you check back each week for Brownlow Predictions and the likely Brownlow Medal Leader and Brownlow Medal Winner for the Count.
Collingwood vs Essendon
Collingwood 10.16 76 – Essendon 10.5 65
(Collingwood by 11 Points)
1 Vote (Essendon) Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (7)
McDonald-Tipungwuti was excellent throughout the match especially the early stages of the contest. 14 of his 18 Possessions were Contested and he racked up 10 Score Involvements and kicked a couple of goals. His defensive pressure with 5 Tackles was significant, and he put the ball Inside 50 on 5 occasions to be one of the best players on the ground.
2 Votes (Essendon) Conor Mckenna (5)
McKenna seemed around the action all night in this contest and racked up 710 metres gained. 27 of his 35 Possessions were kicks and he used the footy at 77% Efficiency. Also racked up 8 Rebound 50s in an awesome display for the Bombers down back.
3 Votes (Collingwood) Brodie Grundy (19)
Grundy is having an awesome year and may poll more votes in the Brownlow this year. Rucks generally do not poll as well as the on-ballers, but Grundy should all but be a shoe-in for the 3 Votes in this game.
21 of his 33 Possessions were Contested and he used the footy at 76% Efficiency which is impressive for a big man. 35 Hit-outs, 7 Clearances, 6 Score Involvements and 6 Intercept Possessions will help him stake a claim for best on ground honours.
Sydney vs St Kilda
Sydney 17.7 109 – St Kilda 8.16 64
(Sydney by 45 Points)
1 Vote (Sydney) Lance Franklin (3)
The Swans have missed the Presence of Buddy in the forward line and he made it tough for the Saints defenders in his 300th game. Just the 14 Possessions in which 13 were kicks, but he had 7 Score Involvements and kicked 4 goals. 3 of his 10 Marks were Contested and he put the ball Inside 50 on 5 occasions to be the best forward on the ground.
2 Votes (Sydney) Jordan Dawson (2)
Dawson has had a fantastic season, but this is the first time he has featured in the Brownlow Medal Predictor for 2019. His 25 Possessions came at 80% Efficiency which is always handy for a defender. 2 of his 8 Marks were Contested and he racked up 6 Rebound 50s to be a chance for votes in the last game of the season.
3 Votes (Sydney) Josh Kennedy (8)
Kennedy has been a bit down on previous seasons, but he ended the Season nicely with a Best on Ground effort. 15 of his 32 Possessions were Contested and he racked up 6 Score Involvements and kicked a couple of goals. 11 Clearances, 9 Tackles and 5 frees for will always help his cause for 3 votes on Brownlow Medal Night.
North Melbourne vs Melbourne
North Melbourne 13.10 88 – Melbourne 12.11 83
(North Melbourne by 5 Points)
1 Vote (North Melbourne) Jared Polec (3)
Polec went to the Kangaroos this season and he hasn’t been too bad, although not spectacular. He finished the season off well with 29 Possessions including 22 Kicks. He racked up 8 Score Involvements, kicked 2 Goals and laid 5 Tackles. His 9 Inside 50s will stand out and will more than likely get votes in this contest.
2 Votes (North Melbourne) Shaun Higgins (16)
Another fine year from Higgins and his use of the football is elite. His 34 Possessions came at 88% Efficiency and he managed to boot a couple of goals. Also, put the ball Inside 50 on 6 occasions to be one of the best players out there.
3 Votes (Melbourne) Max Gawn (14)
Gawn has been one of the only shining lights for the Demons this year and finished the season off in style.
20 of his 26 Possessions were Contested and he racked up 12 Score Involvements and kicked 3 Goals. 4 of his 8 Marks were Contested and his 10 Clearances will help him to best on ground honours. 41 Hit-outs and 5 Inside 50s, and Max Gawn is all but a shoe-in for the 3 Votes.
Geelong vs Carlton
Geelong 19.15 129 – Carlton 8.13 61
(Geelong by 68 Points)
1 Vote (Carlton) Patrick Cripps (23)
Cripps may not poll in this game, but his effort cannot be denied. 20 of his 35 Possessions were Contested and he racked up 13 Clearances and 8 Tackles. Put the ball Inside 50 on 6 occasions, had 7 Intercept Possessions and kicked a goal to stake a claim for votes in the final round.
2 Votes (Geelong) Gary Ablett (8)
Ablett finished the season off well with a solid effort up forward and booted 3 Goals. 11 of his 28 Possessions were Contested and he racked up a massive 14 Score Involvements. 2 of his 4 Marks were Contested he had 6 Tackles and put the ball Inside 50 on 9 Occasions to more than likely feature in the votes.
3 Votes (Geelong) Patrick Dangerfield (26)
This may be the game that pinches Dangerfield another Brownlow. 18 of his 34 Possessions were Contested and he racked up 11 Score Involvements and kicked 4 Goals. 12 Clearances, 6 Tackles and 9 Inside 50s and Dangerfield should comfortably get all 3 votes to finish the season.
Gold Coast vs GWS
Gold Coast 7.13 55 – GWS 20.7 127
(GWS by 72 Points)
1 Vote (GWS) Josh Kelly (9)
The Giants have missed Kelly through injury and will be happy to have him back coming into the Finals. 19 of his 27 Possessions were kicks in this game and he racked up 10 Score Involvements and kicked a couple of goals. 6 Clearances, 7 Inside 50s and 6 Marks and Kelly should poll in the last game of the season.
2 Votes (GWS) Lachie Whitfield (10)
Another player the Giants have missed a little this season through injury, Whitfield finished the season off well. 27 Possessions, 10 Score Involvements and a goal will do his chances of voting no harm. Also racked up 6 Clearances, 8 Marks and 5 Tackles to stake a claim for votes.
3 Votes (GWS) Jeremy Cameron (12)
Cameron is all but a certainty to get the 3 Votes in this game after booting 9 Goals. 19 Possessions, 15 Score Involvements and 12 Marks including 3 Contested will make the Bulldogs think up a plan on how to stop Cameron for their finals matchup.
West Coast vs Hawthorn
West Coast 9.13 67 – Hawthorn 16.9 105
(Hawthorn by 38 Points)
1 Vote (West Coast) Andrew Gaff (8)
Not the best night for the Eagles and they blew a top 4 spot, but Gaff was their shining light. 25 of his 37 Possessions were Kicks and he racked up 7 Marks and had 6 Score Involvements. Also had 7 Clearances, 6 Inside 50s and 5 Rebound 50s, which showed his running power and he deserves a vote in the loss.
2 Votes (Hawthron) Luke Breust (3)
Breust provided the Eagles defenders with a lot of headaches and racked up 7 Score Involvements and kicked 3 Goals. 14 of his 18 Possessions were Contested and he had 5 Tackles and had 7 Inside 50s to be one of the Hawks best.
3 Votes (Hawthorn) Chad Wingard (5)
Wingard has hit some form and the Hawks fans will be happy. 28 Possessions, 8 Score Involvements and 7 Clearances and he was the standout in the win. His 10 Inside 50s were noticeable and Wingard will be the favourite for all 3 votes in this game.
Western Bulldogs vs Adelaide
Western Bulldogs 18.13 121 – Adelaide 13.9 87
(Western Bulldogs by 34 Points)
1 Vote (Western Bulldogs) Jack Macrae (20)
The Bulldogs are the in-form team and Jack Macrae has stepped it up coming into the finals. His 36 Possessions came at 78% Efficiency and he racked up 9 Score Involvements and kicked a goal. Was good at extracting the football with 9 Clearances and should poll in what has been another solid season.
2 Votes (Adelaide) Matt Crouch (10)
Adelaide lost the match, but Matt Crouch finished the season off well. 47 Possessions at 81% Efficiency and he racked up 8 Score Involvements and kicked a goal. 8 Clearances, 5 Inside 50s and 7 Marks and it is hard to leave him out the votes, although there are a few others that may poll in this game.
3 Votes (Western Bulldogs) Marcus Bontempelli (22)
Bontempelli finished the season off in style and is in awesome form leading into the finals. 16 of his 31 Possessions were Contested and he racked up 9 Score Involvements, 3 Goal Assists and kicked a goal. 7 Clearances, 10 Tackles and 6 Inside 50s and he should get the 3 votes, despite a few others having more of the football.
Richmond vs Brisbane
Richmond 12.10 82 – Brisbane 8.7 55
(Richmond by 27 Points)
1 Vote (Richmond) Jack Riewoldt (1)
A tough game to separate the votes, but it was Jack Riewoldt who provided the Lions with a lot of headaches up forward in this contest. 14 Possessions, 7 Score Involvements and 4 Goals and his chances of polling in this game are pretty good. Also took 7 marks, but had an impact on the scoreboard in a tough game to give votes. Dustin Martin and Dayne Zorko may poll in this game, but Riewoldt’s impact cannot be denied.
2 Votes (Richmond) Nick Vlastuin (6)
The best defender on the ground and Vlastuin had a big day. His 19 Possessions came at 84% Efficiency, but his 13 Intercept Possessions may be the stand out that gets him votes. 3 of his 9 Marks were Contested and he racked up 7 Rebound 50s in a fantastic performance.
3 Votes (Brisbane) Lachie Neale (26)
The only reason Neale may not poll 3 Votes in this game is because of the result. He was a clear Best on Ground with 51 Possessions including 25 Contested at 88% Efficiency. 14 Clearances, 6 Tackles and 6 Marks and he is almost a certainty for the 3 Votes.
Port Adelaide vs Fremantle
Port Adelaide 15.20 110 – Fremantle 10.7 67
(Port Adelaide by 43 Points)
1 Vote (Port Adelaide) Trent McKenzie (1)
McKenzie was the best defender on the ground in a game that lacked elite ball use. His 21 Disposals came at 95% Efficiency and he racked up 10 Intercept Possessions. 7 Score Involvements from a defensive position, and 2 of his 4 Marks were Contested. Also had 6 Rebound 50s and is a decent chance to get some votes.
2 Votes (Port Adelaide) Justin Westhoff (3)
Westhoff had an impact on this game. 23 Possessions, 11 Score Involvements, 3 Goal Assists and 2 Goals and he was the best forward on the ground. Also took 6 Marks and laid 5 Tackles to stake a claim for votes.
3 Votes (Port Adelaide) Ollie Wines (7)
Wines has missed a chunk of the season through injury, but has been pretty good in patches. 15 of his 33 Possessions were Contested in this game and he had 6 Clearances, 8 Tackles an 8 Inside 50s to more than likely get the 3 votes. Also had 8 Score Involvements in a big win for the Power.
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