Brownlow Medal betting

Nat Fyfe Every year, on the Monday prior to the AFL Grand Final, the competition’s top players swap their guernseys and shorts for tails and ties and hit the red carpet for a night of glamour, reminiscence and a few too many Crown Lagers. At the end of it all, the coveted Brownlow Medal is awarded to the man voted the fairest and best player of the season.

This is widely regarded as the highest individual honour in Australian football, with a roll call of past winners spanning early VFL greats such as Haydn Bunton Sr. and Dick Reynolds to modern superstars like Chris Judd and Gary Ablett Jr.

Brownlow night in recent years has also become a highlight on the AFL betting calendar, with top bookmakers offering a number of enticing futures markets, players props and exotics.

Who will win it this year?

2016 Brownlow Medal betting

Despite lingering concerns over his fitness heading into the 2016 campaign, defending champion Nat Fyfe is heavily favoured to make it two in a row.

CrownBet.com has the Fremantle Dockers superstar as a $5.50 chance in the preseason Brownlow betting.

Next in the queue are two-time former winner Gary Ablett Jr. ($6.50) and star Geelong recruit Patrick Dangerfield ($9).

Matthew Priddis, who won the 2014 Brownlow and finished runner-up last year, is priced at $10 alongside Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell.

Sydney duo Dan Hannebery ($15) and Josh Kennedy ($17) are also highly rated, ahead of Joel Selwood and Scott Pendlebury (both $21).

CrownBet 2016 Brownlow outright market

$5.50 – Nat Fyfe

$6.50 – Gary Ablett Jr.

$9 – Patrick Dangerfield

$10 – Matthew Priddis, Sam Mitchell

$15 – Dan Hannebery

$17 – Josh P. Kennedy

$21 – Joel Selwood, Scott Pendlebury

$26 – Tom Rockliff, Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin, Andrew Gaff, Dayne Beams, David Mundy

$29 – Robbie Gray

$31 – Travis Boak

$34 – Callan Ward

$41 – Dane Swan, Lachlan Neale, Marcus Bontempelli, Tom Mitchell, Luke Parker, Lance Franklin

$51 – Jordan Lewis, Rory Sloane, Dylan Shiel, Tom Liberatore, Harley Bennell

Others quoted

How to bet on the Brownlow

Online bookmakers run multiple futures markets for the Brownlow every year. Even more exotic punting options become available in the lead-up to the big night. Sign up at one of our top-ranked AFL betting sites to get in on the action.

Outright betting
Who will win the medal? This is the biggest of the all the AFL Brownlow betting markets, available all year round at leading online sportsbooks.

Quinellas and trifectas
Just the same as picking all the place-getters in horse racing, you can bet on who will finish as the top two (quinella) or top three (trifecta) pollers in the Brownlow.

Place betting
Rather than betting on the outright winner or the exact order of the top place-getters, you can predict that a player will finish in the top three or in the top five.

Team betting
Bookies also give you the option the bet on which player will top their club’s vote tally. For example: you could pick Adam Treloar to poll the most votes for Collingwood, or Jarryd Roughead to top the charts at Hawthorn, and so on.

Group markets
Much like group bets in golf and cricket, these markets ask you to pick to the top vote-getter from a mini-field of three or four players. For example: a bookmaker might group Rockliff, Dangerfield, Hannebery and Boak together, from which you would select whichever of those players you think will poll the most votes.

Halfway leader
Did one of your preseason favourites jump out of the blocks fast before picking up an injury midway through the year? Or do you think so-and-so will poll better than expected in the early rounds? Pick whomever you think will top the pops at the halfway stage of the vote count.

Player lines
These work just like any old AFL line bet. For example: if Gary Ablett has a line of a 20.5, you can bet on him to poll 20 votes or fewer (under) or 21 votes or more (over).

Brownlow multi bets
You can combine any of the above markets into an AFL multi. For example: you might have a four-legged bet on Nat Fyfe to win outright, Dayne Beams to lead at halfway, Bryce Gibbs to be Carlton’s top finisher and Rory Sloane to score under 17.5 votes. Every leg must salute in order for the multi to win, but the payouts are much higher than single bets.

Past Brownlow Medal winners

The first Chas Brownlow Trophy was awarded in 1924 to Edward ‘Carji’ Greeves Jr. – the man after whom Geelong’s club championship is named.

Voting is conducted by the field umpires, who are asked to single which players were the fairest and best performers on the day. Only one vote per match was cast up until 1930, since when the current three-two-one system has been used.

1924 – Edward Greeves Jr. (Geelong) – seven votes

1925 – Colin Watson (St. Kilda) – nine votes

1926 – Ivor Warne-Smith (Melbourne) – nine votes

1927 – Syd Coventry (Collingwood) – seven votes

1928 – Ivor Warne-Smith (Melbourne) – eight votes

1929 – Albert Collier (Collingwood) – six votes

1930 – Harry Collier (Collingwood), Allan Hopkins (Footscray), Stan Judkins (Richmond) – four votes

1931 – Haydn Bunton Sr. (Fitzroy) – 26 votes

1932 – Haydn Bunton Sr. (Fitzroy) – 23 votes

1933 – Wilfred Smallhorn (Fitzroy) – 18 votes

1934 – Dick Reynolds (Essendon) – 19 votes

1935 – Haydn Bunton Sr. (Fitzroy) – 24 votes

1936 – Denis Ryan (Fitzroy) – 26 votes

1937 – Dick Reynolds (Essendon) – 27 votes

1938 – Dick Reynolds (Essendon) – 18 votes

1939 – Marcus Whelan (Collingwood) – 23 votes

1940 – Des Fothergill (Collingwood), Herbie Matthews (South Melbourne) – 32 votes

1941 – Norman Ware (Footscray) – 23 votes

1946 – Don Cordner (Melbourne) – 20 votes

1947 – Bert Deacon (Carlton) – 20 votes

1948 – Bill Morris (Richmond) – 24 votes

1949 – Col Austen (Hawthorn) – 23 votes

1950 – Allan Ruthven (Fitzroy) – 21 votes

1951 – Bernie Smith (Geelong) – 23 votes

1952 – Roy Wright (Richmond), Bill Hutchison (Essendon) – 21 votes

1953 – Bill Hutchison (Essendon) – 26 votes

1954 – Roy Wright (Richmond) – 29 votes

1955 – Fred Goldsmith (South Melbourne) – 21 votes

1956 – Peter Box (Footscray) – 22 votes

1957 – Brian Gleeson (St. Kilda) – 24 votes

1958 – Neil Roberts (St. Kilda) – 20 votes

1959 – Verdun Howell (St. Kilda), Bob Skilton (South Melbourne) – 20 votes

1960 – John Schultz (Footscray) – 20 votes

1961 – John James (Carlton) – 21 votes

1962 – Alistair Lord (Geelong) – 28 votes

1963 – Bob Skilton (South Melbourne) – 20 votes

1964 – Gordon Collis (Carlton) – 27 votes

1965 – Noel Teasdale (North Melbourne), Ian Stewart (St. Kilda) – 20 votes

1966 – Ian Stewart (St. Kilda) – 21 votes

1967 – Ross Smith (St. Kilda) – 24 votes

1968 – Bob Skilton (South Melbourne) – 24 votes

1969 – Kevin Murray (Fitzroy) – 19 votes

1970 – Peter Bedford (South Melbourne) – 25 votes

1971 – Ian Stewart (Richmond) – 21 votes

1972 – Len Thompson (Collingwood) – 25 votes

1973 – Keith Greig (North Melbourne) – 27 votes

1974 – Keith Greig (North Melbourne) – 27 votes

1975 – Gary Dempsey (Footscray) – 20 votes

1976 – Graham Moss (Essendon) – 48 votes*

1977 – Graham Teasdale (South Melbourne) – 59 votes*

1978 – Malcolm Blight (North Melbourne) – 22 votes

1979 – Peter Moore (Collingwood) – 22 votes

1980 – Kelvin Templeton (Footscray) – 23 votes

1981 – Bernie Quinlan (Fitzroy), Barry Round (South Melbourne) – 22 votes

1982 – Brian Wilson (Melbourne) – 23 votes

1983 – Ross Glendinning (North Melbourne) – 24 votes

1984 – Peter Moore (Melbourne) – 22 votes

1985 – Brad Hardie (Footscray) – 22 votes

1986 – Robert DiPierdomenico (Hawthorn), Greg Williams (Sydney) – 17 votes

1987 – John Platten (Hawthorn), Tony Lockett (St. Kilda) – 20 votes

1988 – Gerard Healy (Sydney) – 20 votes

1989 – Paul Couch (Geelong) – 22 votes

1990 – Tony Liberatore (Footscray) – 18 votes

1991 – Jim Stynes (Melbourne) – 25 votes

1992 – Scott Wind (Footscray) – 20 votes

1993 – Gavin Wanganeen (Essendon) – 18 votes

1994 – Greg Williams (Carlton) – 30 votes

1995 – Paul Kelly (Sydney) – 21 votes

1996 – James Hird (Essendon), Michael Voss (Brisbane) – 21 votes

1997 – Robert Harvey (St. Kilda) – 26 votes

1998 – Robert Harvey (St. Kilda) – 32 votes

1999 – Shane Crawford (Hawthorn) – 28 votes

2000 – Shane Woewodin (Melbourne) – 24 votes

2001 – Jason Akermanis (Brisbane) – 23 votes

2002 – Simon Black (Brisbane) – 25 votes

2003 – Mark Ricciuto (Adelaide), Nathan Buckley (Collingwood), Adam Goodes (Sydney) – 22 votes

2004 – Chris Judd (West Coast) – 30 votes

2005 – Ben Cousins (West Coast) – 20 votes

2006 – Adam Goodes (Sydney) – 26 votes

2007 – Jimmy Bartel (Geelong) – 29 votes

2008 – Adam Cooney (Western Bulldogs) – 24 votes

2009 – Gary Ablett Jr. (Geelong) – 30 votes

2010 – Chris Judd (Carlton) – 30 votes

2011 – Dane Swan (Collingwood) – 34 votes

2012 – Jobe Watson (Essendon) – 30 votes**

2013 – Gary Ablett Jr. (Gold Coast) – 28 votes

2014 – Matthew Priddis (West Coast) – 26 votes

2015 – Nat Fyfe (Fremantle) – 31 votes

* In 1976 and 1977, both field umpires were asked to cast votes separately – hence the higher tallies for Teasdale and Moss. This was scrapped in favour of a collaborative system where the umpires submit a single set of votes between them.

** Watson has since been found guilty of doping charges relating to Essendon’s 2012 supplements program. Should the AFL strip him of the Brownlow, it would then be retrospectively awarded to Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin (both 26 votes).

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