Patrick Cripps win Brownlow Medal by ONE vote after beating bookies’ favourite Lachie Neale


Patrick Cripps win Brownlow Medal by ONE vote after beating bookies’ favourite Lachie Neale to the award in EPIC final round

  • Carlton star Patrick Cripps won 2022 Brownlow Medal on Sunday night 
  • The Blues skipper racked up 29 votes, one more than Lions gun Lachie Neale
  • Gold Coast midfielder Touk Miller finished third with 27 votes 
  • Cripps is Carlton’s first Brownlow Medallist since Chris Judd in 2010 

Carlton star Patrick Cripps won the 2022 Brownlow Medal, pipping bookmakers’ favourite Lachie Neale to the prestigious award by a single vote.

The Blues skipper received 29 votes, one more than Neale, to become the first Carlton player to receive the Brownlow Medal since Chris Judd in 2010 and the sixth in the club’s history.

In an epic finish, Cripps secured three votes in the final game of the season, which allowed him to pip Neale to the post with the star midfielder polling just one vote. 

Patrick Cripps won the 2022 Brownlow Medal with 29 votes, beating Lachie Neale by one vote

Neale, the 2020 winner, was the bookmakers’ favourite and was bidding to become the dual Brownlow Medallist since Fremantle star Nat Fyfe won the award in 2015 and 2019. 

The Lions gun would have also been the first player to to win two ‘Charlies’ in three years – or better – since St Kilda legend Robert Harvey won back-to-back Brownlow Medals in 1997 and 1998.

Gold Coast star Touk Miller finished third with 27 votes, while Dockers star Andrew Brayshaw and Melbourne gun Clayton Oliver finished joint fourth with 25 votes each.

‘I actually don’t know whether to laugh or cry,’ Cripps, who kicked 20 goals in 21 games this season, averaging 28.1 disposals per game, said in his acceptance speech.

The Carlton skipper pipped the Lions superstar to the award by a single vote on Sunday

Cripps shared a moment with partner Monique Fontana as he celebrated

Cripps shared a moment with partner Monique Fontana as he celebrated 

The 2020 winner, Neale finished with 28 votes and was beaten by Cripps in the final round

The 2020 winner, Neale finished with 28 votes and was beaten by Cripps in the final round

‘I loved footy growing up as a kid and I remember being at boarding school in Western Australia and I would say to mum could you always sign me out on Brownlow night cause I loved watching it.

‘I can’t put it into words, it’s an absolute honour. To be honest it is nice to just win some games. The first seven to eight years of my journey at Carlton have been tough but I’ve always been an optimist […] this year is the first time we’ve been ahead of the ledger.

‘I love playing footy, I love playing with my mates.’

Cripps led the vote count with 16 after round eight and reclaimed the lead after collecting three votes in Round 20 for his performance in Carlton’s loss to Adelaide. 

The 27-year-old kicked 20 goals in 21 games this season, averaging 28.1 disposals per game

The 27-year-old kicked 20 goals in 21 games this season, averaging 28.1 disposals per game

The 27-year-old finished third in the 2019 Brownlow Medal and looked set for another near miss as he entered the final round on 26 votes, one behind Miller and Neale.

However, he secured maximum votes in Round 23 as he racked up 35 disposals including 27 contested possessions in Carlton’s heartbreaking defeat against Collingwood in the final game of the home and away season.

The Blues’ 11.9 (75) to 10.14 (74) loss against their arch-rivals extended their finals’ drought to nine years.

On a personal level, however, the three points were enough to vault Cripps in the lead as Neale received just one point after the Lions were hammered by Melbourne and Miller missed out on a vote in the Suns’ 67-point 23 win over North.

Cripps took maximum votes for his performance in Round 23 against Collingwood

Cripps took maximum votes for his performance in Round 23 against Collingwood

Overall, Cripps polled in 13 games and earned the maximum three votes seven times.

He arguably could have added a couple more votes to his tally but received just one for his three-goal, 30-disposal effort against Richmond in Round 1. The Blues skipper was also very nearly ineligible for the award, as he was suspended after Round 21 for a bump that left Brisbane’s s Callum Ah Chee concussed.

However, the AFL tribunal ultimately overturned the suspension. 

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