The 2016 Brownlow Medal will get underway tonight and while the players will suit up and the girls dress up for the occasion, there is a clear favourite to take it home.
Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield is practically a shoe-in to win this year’s Brownlow Medal after an amazing first season at the club coming from the Adelaide Crows in the off-season.
Richmond’s Dustin Martin is the next favourite with being the rare silver lighting for Richmond in their horrible season.
Adelaide’s Rory Sloane would have been along the favourites following his amazing year which resulted in winning Adelaide’s best and fairest but a 1 week suspension in round 22 against Port Adelaide had declared him ineligible for the medal.
Sydney have a few players in the running with Luke Parker, Josh Kennedy and Dan Hannebery all looking to poll well. Despite plenty of wins and all contributing to them, they will be taking votes of each other and will be difficult to gain enough votes to win.
There are always smokey’s for this award and here are some players that may have a chance.
Western Bulldogs’s Marcus Bontempelli was a match winner in many games and will be a big smokey for the medal.
Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn was pivotal in many of Melbourne’s wins so he could poll well.
West Coast’s Luke Shuey had a strong year and his ball use and speed was important this season. Fellow midfielder and former Brownlow medalist Matt Priddis had another consistent year and could poll well again. Shuey and Priddis will take votes off eachother which might make it hard to win the medal.
Port Adelaide’s Robbie Gray, Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell, St Kilda’s Jack Seven, Collingwood’s Adam Treloar, Geelong’s Joel Selwood and GWS pair Stephen Coniglio and Callan Ward have a slim chance but are unlikely to win.
If it goes as it’s planned, Patrick Dangerfield will win his first Brownlow Medal as he is the clear favourite but medals like these does bring a few surprises. Sometimes the favourite before the count doesn’t win but Dangerfield is the frontman for the 2016 Brownlow Medal.