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Brownlow Votes. No love for defenders in All Australian Team 2022


Bobby McKenzie
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1. Melbourne  94 votes

2. Geelong  92

3. Carlton  89

=4. Sydney/ Fremantle 83

=6. Gold Coast / Western Bulldogs 75

=8. Brisbane /Port 74

10. Richmond 73

11. St Kilda  72

12. Collingwood  62

=13.  GWS / Adelaide  50

15.  Essendon  46

16.  Hawthorn  45

17.  North Melbourne 31

18.  West Coast   15

Collingwood's low total of just 62 is surprising and West Coast's miserable 15  must be some sort of record.

 

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That players like May fails to attract even a single vote should force the AFL to change the way this award is voted. But it wont, It's the umpire award is all you will hear. That 33% of players never have a chance to win is an injustice that needs to be fixed.

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It wasn't home and away but if May wasn't 3 votes against the Swans then Goodwins a great coach with flexible options

Over the season the dee fence pretty much won the first 10 games and the votes should show that  

You'd think any half smart umpire would notice how they had to run back in the other direction every time the ball went towards the Demon defence 

 

Petty is to May what Trac was to Oliver

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The medal has very rarely been awarded to a key forward or a key back

Templeton, Quinlan, Collis, Howell, Glendinning & Lockett the only ones in the last 60+ years.  And not one representative from those ranks in the last 35 years

But key forwards and key backs are often the most important players.  Steven May is arguably our most important player but zero votes in the Brownlow this year

It's time they changed the voting system & criteria.  Backmen & forwards need to have a chance of winning the award.  Not zero chance

B & F's often go the same way.  In a poor team the best finish for Gary Hardeman was 3rd.  Not just a top player, Hardeman was pure A grade in my view

With the coaches votes, backmen & forwards are often overlooked too.  So it's not an umpire issue.  They manage to sort out who the best midfielder is much like most of the awards do

We had forwards regularly kick over 100 goals (57 times) a season for a good amount of time (40 years or so) but Lockett is the only FF to win a Brownlow (Templeton & Quinlan won their Brownlow's playing at CHF)

How did Bob Pratt not win the Brownlow when he kicked 150 goals in an 18 game season back in 1934? 138 goals in the H & A games (that's close on 8 goals a game - on muddy grounds)

He received 13 votes

Did he back-chat too much? 

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Steven May - 0

Jacob Weitering - 0

Darcy Moore - 0

Sam Taylor - 1

Only key defender that polled well was Stewart with 9 and he probably deseved more. Surely AFL need to have a word with the umpires and tell them to start recognising defenders.

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They’ll probably have to if they don’t want it to turn into the recognised mid-fielder award… especially when you have coaches votes alternatives which call it in a more balanced manner! I don’t want to incorrectly simplify the game and say that there’s only backs, mids and forwards, but surely those that stand out in their respective lanes should have an equal chance at it

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