“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who will be the best and fairest of them all?”
The contention for the Brownlow medal never disappoints, as the game’s best players contest for the highest honors in the sport. The recognition from the award allows the player to be recognized of the renaissance man of the season.
A fierce tenacity, unrelenting drive and relentless creativity are just some of the qualities that people are looking out for. AFL betting will get interesting in 2016 with the influence of the Brownlow medal contenders shaping and influencing the winning ability for their teams. Below are a few strong contenders to look out for.
Nat Fyfe, Fremantle Dockers
During the 2015 season, Nat Fyfe was the one who was known to have a bag of tricks up his sleeve. The season’s performance earned the 24-year-old 26 of the 30 votes to win the Brownlow medal and become a bonafide star.
What impressed many people after his victory was his humility in his speech, which you can view below:
If he continues the impressive form that he displayed last season, he could win back-to-back Brownlow medals.
Matt Priddis, West Coast Eagles
The Brownlow medallist from 2014 narrowly missed out on securing another Brownlow medal in 2015, eventually being pipped by 24-year-old Fremantle Dockers midfielder Nat Fyfe. Matt Priddis’ influence had also catapulted the West Coast Eagles into the final and gave him a chance to claim his maiden premiership.
He is a workhorse on the field. Many say that he was overlooked for a number of years in his career, however in a statement to the Herald Sun he was quoted saying, “I’ve probably felt a little bit uncomfortable at times. But I feel like I’ve improved enough and I kind of belong along some of the guys now.”
Let’s hope his sense of belonging will also be enough for him to secure enough votes to win the 2016 Brownlow medal.
Sam Mitchell, Hawthorn
Fox Sports journalist Riley Beveridge claimed that Sam Mitchell could challenge Nat Fyfe for the Brownlow medal in 2015. Sam finished in the top four, but an improved work ethic could see him earn the medal in 2016, should he endure positive spells to step out of the shadows of Nat Fyfe.
Although he is older than most of the other contenders at the ripe old age of 32, it is possible that he may improve on last season’s performance, which could earn him the prized honor. There is a saying that one man can make a difference.
Following their historic 2015 premiership win, many AFL supporters believe that the side was one of the greatest in AFL/VFL history. Sam Mitchell was instrumental in this victory since he was controlling the midfield and claimed 34 possessions, as well as six clearances, four tackles and two goal assists.
His flag tally is up to 3 in his career and should he continue his fine form, he could be in contention for another one this season.
Dan Hannebery, Sydney Swans
24-year-old Dan Hannebery has continued to impress the AFL community since his debut back in 2009. He was expected to earn another All-Australian honor in 2015, but he succumbed to an ankle injury in the season.
Some in the AFL community claimed he was somewhat of a "teacher’s pet" with the AFL coaches and that he would have won the Brownlow medal easily. But as the saying goes, “The teacher’s pet doesn’t always get the chocolates.”
Should he remain injury free and play with the same tenacity that he showed in 2015, he could possibly take out the 2016 Brownlow medal.
The race for the Brownlow medal in 2016 is predicted to be a close one. The team that won the premiership last season didn’t have the Brownlow medallist on their team, but did have many other contenders.
It will be interesting to see how the season plays out and how the potential candidates for the Brownlow medal will emerge.