October 5, 2022

Carlton star Patrick Cripps gained the 2022 Brownlow Medal, pipping bookmakers’ favorite Lachie Neale to the celebrated award by a single vote.

The Blues skipper obtained 29 votes, another than Neale, to develop into the primary Carlton participant to obtain the Brownlow Medal since Chris Judd in 2010 and the sixth within the membership’s historical past.

In an epic end, Cripps secured three votes within the remaining sport of the season, which allowed him to pip Neale to the submit with the star midfielder polling only one vote. 

Patrick Cripps gained the 2022 Brownlow Medal with 29 votes, beating Lachie Neale by one vote

Neale, the 2020 winner, was the bookmakers’ favorite and was bidding to develop into the twin Brownlow Medallist since Fremantle star Nat Fyfe gained the award in 2015 and 2019. 

The Lions gun would have additionally been the primary participant to to win two ‘Charlies’ in three years – or higher – since St Kilda legend Robert Harvey gained back-to-back Brownlow Medals in 1997 and 1998.

Gold Coast star Touk Miller completed third with 27 votes, whereas Dockers star Andrew Brayshaw and Melbourne gun Clayton Oliver completed joint fourth with 25 votes every.

‘I really don’t know whether or not to chuckle or cry,’ Cripps, who kicked 20 targets in 21 video games this season, averaging 28.1 disposals per sport, mentioned in his acceptance speech.

The Carlton skipper pipped the Lions famous person to the award by a single vote on Sunday

The 2020 winner, Neale finished with 28 votes and was beaten by Cripps in the final round

The 2020 winner, Neale completed with 28 votes and was crushed by Cripps within the remaining spherical

‘I liked footy rising up as a child and I keep in mind being at boarding faculty in Western Australia and I might say to mum may you at all times signal me out on Brownlow night time trigger I liked watching it.

‘I can’t put it into phrases, it’s an absolute honour. To be trustworthy it’s good to only win some video games. The primary seven to eight years of my journey at Carlton have been robust however I’ve at all times been an optimist […] this yr is the primary time we’ve been forward of the ledger.

‘I really like enjoying footy, I really like enjoying with my mates.’

Cripps led the vote depend with 16 after spherical eight and reclaimed the lead after accumulating three votes in Spherical 20 for his efficiency in Carlton’s loss to Adelaide. 

The 27-year-old kicked 20 goals in 21 games this season, averaging 28.1 disposals per game

The 27-year-old kicked 20 targets in 21 video games this season, averaging 28.1 disposals per sport

The 27-year-old completed third within the 2019 Brownlow Medal and regarded set for an additional close to miss as he entered the ultimate spherical on 26 votes, one behind Miller and Neale.

Nonetheless, he secured most votes in Spherical 23 as he racked up 35 disposals together with 27 contested possessions in Carlton’s heartbreaking defeat in opposition to Collingwood within the remaining sport of the house and away season.

The Blues’ 11.9 (75) to 10.14 (74) loss in opposition to their arch-rivals prolonged their finals’ drought to 9 years.

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On a private degree, nevertheless, the three factors had been sufficient to vault Cripps within the lead as Neale obtained only one level after the Lions had been hammered by Melbourne and Miller missed out on a vote within the Suns’ 67-point 23 win over North.

Cripps took maximum votes for his performance in Round 23 against Collingwood

Cripps took most votes for his efficiency in Spherical 23 in opposition to Collingwood

Total, Cripps polled in 13 video games and earned the utmost three votes seven occasions.

He arguably may have added a pair extra votes to his tally however obtained only one for his three-goal, 30-disposal effort in opposition to Richmond in Spherical 1. The Blues skipper was additionally very practically ineligible for the award, as he was suspended after Spherical 21 for a bump that left Brisbane’s s Callum Ah Chee concussed.

Nonetheless, the AFL tribunal in the end overturned the suspension.