Carlton star Patrick Cripps won the 2022 Brownlow Medal, beating bookmakers’ favorite 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 sixth in club history.
In an epic finish, Cripps secured three votes in the final game of the season, allowing him to hit Neale on the post, with the star midfielder earning just one vote.
Patrick Cripps won the 2022 Brownlow Medal by 29 votes, beating Lachie Neale by one vote
Neale, the 2020 winner, was the bookmakers’ favorite and has been in contention for the double Brownlow Medal since Fremantle star Nat Fyfe won the award in 2015 and 2019.
The Lions gun would also have become the first player 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 cannon Clayton Oliver finished fourth with 25 votes each.
“I actually don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” Cripps said in his acceptance speech.
The Carlton skipper relegated the Lions superstar to the award in a single vote on Sunday
Cripps shared a moment with partner Monique Fontana as he celebrated
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 going to boarding school in Western Australia and I would say mum you can always sign me up for Brownlow Night because I loved it too see.
“I can’t put it into words, it’s an absolute honor. To be honest, just winning a few games is nice. The first seven to eight years of my journey at Carlton were tough, but I was always an optimist […] This year we are ahead of the ledger for the first time.
“I love to play football, I love to play with my buddies.”
The 27-year-old has scored 20 goals in 21 games this season, averaging 28.1 goals per game
Cripps led the vote count after round eight with 16 and retook the lead after accumulating three votes in round 20 for his performance in Carlton’s loss to Adelaide.
The 27-year-old, who finished third at the 2019 Brownlow Medal, also secured maximum points for his role in the Blues’ heartbreaking Round 23 loss to Collingwood.
The Blues’ 11.9 (75) to 10.14 (74) loss to their arch-rivals extended the losing streak in the finals to nine years.
Cripps has had 20 goals in 21 games this season, averaging 28.1 goals per game.
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