LIVE Brownlow 2021 – Favourites surge early in count, AFL boss’ plea to Australia: ‘Get vaccinated’

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Petracca doesn’t think he will win it after five rounds

Round six: Wines narrowly ahead

A great count so far. Petracca (10 votes) may have already taken votes away from Oliver but them’s the breaks.

Sam Walsh remains a big threat after polling 9 votes after just six games.

Round 6 leaderboard:

11 – Ollie Wines
10 – Christian Petracca
10 – Marcus Bontempelli
9 – Sam Walsh
8 – Clayton Oliver
8 – David Mundy
8 – Travis Boak

Round five – gee whiz

Hot favourites Bontempelli, Oliver and Wines share the lead with eight votes.

And fascinatingly, Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn is hot on the tails with seven votes.

Round 5 leaderboard:

8 – Bontempelli
8 – Wines
8 – Oliver


Round four scenario

There’s joint-leaders after four rounds: Taylor Walker and Christian Petracca.

Both are up to seven votes. That’s a very good start for the Demon. His trajectory from here is probably pushing towards the 20-vote mark.

Round four leaderboard:

7 – Taylor Walker
7- Christian Petracca
6 – Callum Mills
6 – Dustin Martin
6 – Clayton Oliver
6 – Sam Walsh

The Crow flies ….

Adelaide forward Taylor Walker out to seven votes after three rounds ….

A best on ground for Darcy Parish in round three too.

Round two situation

A simply brilliant start by Oliver – two best on grounds, to be in the lead with 6 votes, along with Dustin Martin.

But Bontempelli is hot on his heels with five votes, along with the other favourite Ollie Wines.

No real surprise for form analysts that Adelaide forward Taylor Walker has four votes.

Round two leaderboard:

6 – Oliver
6 – Martin
5 – Wines
5 – Bontempelli
4 – T.Walker


Round one movements

A cracking start for Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver – three votes versus Fremantle!

Sam McClure offers his take from the ceremony in Perth

McLachlan’s message to Australia

By Scott Spits and Sam McClure

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has addressed the Brownlow audience. He has given a glimpse into the difficulties the league has experienced in getting this season off the ground.

“Please go and get vaccinated … so we can unite as one,” McLachlan said.

Sam McClure reports from the ceremony in Perth:

Gillon McLachlan’s speech certainly has the room talking.

The league boss has just for the first time publicly declared the AFL’s position on vaccinations.

“Please go and get vaccinated.”

There was a warm applause after the statement.


A couple of minutes away from the vote count …

All guests are seated in the main room in Perth.

The early rounds are bound to be fascinating. Who do you think will set the running?

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