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

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

  • Carlton star Patrick Cripps won the 2022 Brownlow Medal on Sunday night
  • The Blues skipper polled 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 Medalist since Chris Judd in 2010
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Carlton star Patrick Cripps won the 2022 Brownlow Medal, pipping bookies’ 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.

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

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

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

Neale, the 2020 winner, was the bookies’ favorite and bidding to become the second Brownlow medalist since Fremantle star Nat Fyfe won the award in 2015 and 2019.

The Lions gun would also have been 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 gun 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 pipped the Lions superstar to the award by a single vote on Sunday
The Carlton skipper pipped the Lions superstar to the award by a single vote on Sunday

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

‘I loved footy growing up as a kid and I remember I was at boarding school in Western Australia and I’d say to mum you could always sign me out on Brownlow night because I loved to see it.

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

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

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