AS the fallout from the Brownlow Medal continues, there are still plenty of fascinating facts emerging.
They range from Patrick Cripps’ incredible vote haul from the wooden spooners, to Angus Brayshaw making history as a top three finisher who got no respect from the All-Australian selectors.
Here’s our Brownlow Medal stat wrap.
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THE BEST OF THE WORST
MANY expected Carlton star Patrick Cripps to poll well on Monday night, but the counter argument was simple – his team only won two games.
Yet the former were proven correct when the midfield beast finished on 20 votes.
That’s not quite a record for the most Brownlow votes received from a player in the side that won the wooden spoon, but it ties Cripps for second place since 1998.
The other player to finish on 20 was then-Collingwood star and now coach Nathan Buckley, who finished in a tie for third in 1999. The Pies won four games that year while victor Shane Crawford’s Hawks won 10 and a half.
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The leader in this category is, perhaps unsurprisingly, Gary Ablett. In Gold Coast’s first season of 2011, the dual Brownlow winner polled 23 votes.
However the Suns of that season won three games, rather than two, which arguably makes Cripps’ feat even more impressive. Although when you’re polling in the twenties, winning or losing clearly doesn’t matter any more.
There has been a recent spike in Brownlow votes for wooden spooners, with Essendon’s Zach Merrett polling 19 in 2016 and Brisbane’s Dayne Beams polling 17 in 2017.
WOODEN SPOON SIDE’s BROWNLOW LEADER, 1998-2018
Gary Ablett (GC), 2011 – 23 (3 wins)
Nathan Buckley (COL), 1999 – 20
Patrick Cripps (CAR), 2018 – 20
Zach Merrett (ESS), 2016 – 19
Dayne Beams (BL), 2017 – 17
Matt Priddis (WC), 2010 – 13
Marc Murphy (CAR), 2015 – 12
Peter Bell (FRE), 2001 – 11
Nick Riewoldt (STK), 2014 – 11
Nick Stevens (CAR), 2005 – 11
Matthew Richardson (RIC), 2004 – 10
Heath Scotland (CAR), 2006 – 10
Jonathan Giles (GWS), 2012 – 7
Stewart Loewe (STK), 2000 – 7
Michael Voss (BL), 1998 – 7
Jeremy Cameron (GWS), 2013 – 6
Luke Darcy (WB), 2003 – 6
Aaron Davey (MEL), 2009 – 6
Matthew Richardson (RIC), 2007 – 6
Justin Murphy/Corey McKernan (CAR), 2002 – 5
Paul Wheatley (MEL), 2008 – 5
THE UMPS CREATE AN ALL-AUSTRALIAN SNUB
IT would have been a very strange broadcast if Angus Brayshaw had won the Brownlow Medal, given he was sitting at home.
His 21-vote haul saw him finish third in the count, behind Steele Sidebottom and Tom Mitchell, but also puts him in rare air.
Brayshaw is the first player since Brisbane champion Simon Black in 2007 to finish in the top three of the Brownlow but not even make the 40-man All-Australian squad.
Three others have made the 40-man squad since 2007 (when it was publicly released for the first time) but not the actual All-Australian side despite making the top three.
Simon Black ‘achieved’ the feat in 2008, while Brownlow winners Matt Priddis (2014) and Sam Mitchell (2012) only made the 40-man squad in their victorious years.
DEMONS’ BEST. YEAR. EVER.
MELBOURNE has never received more Brownlow Medal votes as a club than it did this year.
With 15 different players polling, and nine of those receiving four or more votes, the Demons reached a total of 93 – second only to Collingwood’s 96.
That surpassed 2000 for Melbourne’s most successful year overall, when Shane Woewodin won the award with 24 votes and the team received 87. The Demons made the Grand Final that year.
Their-next best haul was in 1972, when the Demons led all clubs with 81 votes. Greg Wells finished second with 22 votes.
NO LOVE FOR RICHMOND?
ONE of the strangest results of Brownlow night was Richmond not polling that well.
The Tigers, despite winning 18 games and finishing two wins clear on top of the ladder, polled just 78 votes as a club – the sixth-most, behind Collingwood (96), Melbourne (93), Hawthorn (90), Geelong (88) and West Coast (81).
Richmond on two occasions was given just one of the possible six votes while winning the game – in Round 1 against Carlton (C.Curnow 3, P.Cripps 2, J.Riewoldt 1) and Round 20 against Geelong (T.Kelly 3, P.Dangerfield 2, K.Lambert 1).
A Tiger was only judged as best on ground 11 times during the 2018 season – meaning Richmond received only the 10th-most hauls of three votes for the night (Collingwood and Geelong leading on 16).
Even Adelaide and Essendon, who won 12 games each, saw their players receive the maximum three votes more often (12 times).
PIES NEAR THEIR BEST
ONLY once before has Collingwood polled more Brownlow votes than it did in 2018.
The Pies led all teams with 96 votes this season, with runner-up Steele Sidebottom finishing on 24 and three others polling 12 or more (Brodie Grundy 17, Scott Pendlebury 15, Jordan de Goey 12).
That makes 2018 the Pies’ second-most successful year after 2011, when Dane Swan set a record with his 34 vote victory and the club received a massive 111 – the third-most ever, behind Essendon’s 116 from their dominant 2000 season and Geelong’s 112 in 2008.
This was the first time Collingwood has led the Brownlow count as a club since 2011, and just the the second time since 1977.
But it was the result of Sidebottom that may have Pies fans excited. Twice before have Collingwood players finished runner-up in the Brownlow and both times they won the flag.