Jobe Watson won the Brownlow Medal in 2012. Picture: Wayne Ludbey/heraldsun.com.au
Gold Coast Suns skipper Gary Ablett is expected to collect his second Brownlow Medal at Crown Casino on Monday night. The 2009 winner has had a stellar year and won a record fifth Leigh Matthews Trophy earlier this month after being voted by his peers as the AFL Players’ Association most valuable player. In addition to that accolade, the 29 year old was also named in the competition’s All-Australian side for the seventh successive occasion. He has polled 145 votes on the AFL’s night of nights in the past 6 seasons - including 24 last year when his side won just three matches – and should collect several more this time around with the Gold Coast collecting eight victories.
Joel Selwood could well be the man most likely to stop Ablett walking away with ‘Charlie’ for the second time, with the 25 year-old leading his side to 18 victories as Geelong finished the regular season in second place on the ladder. Although the midfielder finished outside the top ten last year, he collected 21 votes in 2010 and is expected to poll very strongly at the backend of the season.
Every year the votes are ‘leaked’ leading up to Brownlow night and the money has come for 2012 runner-up Sam Mitchell this time around. He has been the big shortener in the past week after being as big as $21 just four days before the count. The Hawthorn skipper is polls well historically but will have plenty of competition for votes this year with Luke Hodge and Jarryd Roughead also sure to have caught the eye of the umpires. Collingwood stars Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan always collect plenty of votes, while Kieren Jack should poll well for defending premier Sydney.
Last year's winner Jobe Watson will poll well at the start of the year but is unlikely to pick up many votes towards the end of the season.
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