Patrick Dangerfield has been named the AFL’s best and fairest, winning the Brownlow medal with a record 35 votes. The star Geelong midfielder also claimed Players’ MVP Award and the Coaches’ Player of the Year.
Maddison Keenan reports.
The Geelong midfielder had a spring in his step this morning.
He partied long, hard and late after making history last night.
But he says the win is bitter-sweet after his team was knocked out of the AFL Finals last week.
Patrick Dangerfield, Brownlow Meadalist: “While I’m humbled and honoured to win the award, I’m certainly very envious as I know every player will be thats not playing in this weeks grand final”.
“I declare the winner of the 2016 Brownlow Medal: Patrick Dangerfield of the Geelong football club”.
Dangerfield was dubbed the hottest Brownlow favourite in history, so the win came as no surprise.
Except to the winner.
Patrick Dangerfield, Brownlow Medalist: “I tried to act cool, calm and relaxed but I must admit I was pretty nervous”.
The 26-year-old was quick to thank his family and dedicated his win to fellow Geelong great, Paul Couch, who died earlier this year
Dangerfield only joined the Geelong Cats at the beggining of this season and says he feels lucky to have the support of the club.
Patrick Dangerfield, Brownlow Medalist: “I don’t think any individual ever stands up here, stands up here just because of themselves”.
Sydney’s Luke Parker came in runner up with 26 votes, only one point ahead of Richmond’s Dustin Martin.
In other awards, Adelaide’s Eddie Best took out the goal of the year for the second year in a row.
Kangaroo’s Majak Daw claimed the mark of the year.
Maddison Keenan, QUT News