Gary Ablett has capped off his best individual season by taking home his second Brownlow medal.

The Gold-Coast based AFL star scored 28 votes to clinch the award last night.

Hannah Chapman reports.


Gary Ablett’s second Brownlow victory had just one vote in it over former Geelong teammate Joel Selwood and Collingwood’s Dane Swan.

Swan, who won the medal in 2011, was sitting ahead of Ablett on 26 points after the 22nd round.

But neither Swan nor Selwood polled in the next round revealing Ablett as the winner of three votes.

Ablett is only the fifth player to win Brownlow Medals at different clubs.

Despite the challenges, he’s thrilled to win as a Gold Coast player.

Gary Ablett, Brownlow Medal winner: “No doubt it’s an honour and, you know, I’ve said it before but it has been a really challenging three years up there. I knew when I made the decision to move to the Gold Coast it was gonna take time.”

Ablett joined Gold Coast in late 2010 after playing in two premiership sides at Geelong.

Gold Coast made a notable improvement this season, winning eight games.

The team hopes to make next year’s Grand Finals and Ablett says he plans to be playing when they get their first flag.

Gary Ablett, Brownlow Medal winner: “I love all my team mates. I couldn’t be up here without you guys and I’m really hoping that, you know, we can win a premiership before my time’s up. I just love it up there.”

Only four players have won the Brownlow three times.

Hannah Chapman, QUT News.