It remains the most prestigious award in the competition. As much as coaches love the award they vote on, and some players love the theory behind the Most Valuable Player award, the Brownlow Medal is still the biggest individual award in the game.

In recent years we’ve seen Nat Fyfe, Tom Mitchell, Patrick Dangerfield, Lachie Neale and Dustin Martin collect the award, but how have those blokes fared over a five-year duration?

The Mongrel once again uses the most complicated mathematical theory at his disposal (addition!) to compile the highest vote winners over the 2016-20 seasons to find just who has been the best over the last five seasons.

Ladies and gentlemen, the top 20 in the Five-Year Brownlow are listed below.

 

E19 – ROBBIE GRAY (56 VOTES)

Last season – 13th

 

E19 – TRAVIS BOAK (56 VOTES)

Last season – unranked

 

18 – LANCE FRANKLIN (57 VOTES)

Last season – 12th

 

17 – STEELE SIDEBOTTOM (58 VOTES)

Last season – 15th

 

16 – OLLIE WINES (59 VOTES)

Last season – unranked

 

E13 – ADAM TRELOAR (60 VOTES)

Last season – 14th

 

E13 – RORY SLOANE (60 VOTES)

Last season – 15th

 

E13 – JACK MACRAE (60 VOTES)

Last season – 20th

 

12 – ANDREW GAFF (67 VOTES)

Last season – 9th

 

11 – MAX GAWN (69 VOTES)

Last season – 19th

 

10 – ZACH MERRETT (73 VOTES)

Last season – 15th

 

9 – SCOTT PENDLEBURY (74 VOTES)

Last season – 9th

 

8 – TOM MITCHELL (75 VOTES)

Last season – 7th

 

E6 – NAT FYFE (78 VOTES)

Last season – 3rd

 

E6 – MARCUS BONTEMPELLI (78 VOTES)

Last season – 4th

 

5 – PATRICK CRIPPS (79 VOTES)

Last season – 11th

 

4 – LUKE PARKER (83 VOTES)

Last season – 7th

 

3 – LACHIE NEALE (102 VOTES)

Last season – 4th

 

2 – DUSTIN MARTIN (117 VOTES)

Last season – 2nd

 

1 – PATRICK DANGERFIELD (127 VOTES)

Last season – 1st

 

BREAKDOWN

So, how about that Luke Parker, huh? A very consistent last five seasons has seen him compile quite a number of votes. I have to admit, I was a bit surprised by how high he ranked here. He has not tallied lower than ten votes in any of the previous five seasons and is probably now fitting into the underrated category in terms of recognition in the league.

I bet a few of you thought Dusty was going to reign supreme, right? Nope… but I am sure you Richmond supporters can sit back, think about those three premiership cups, Dusty’s three Norm Smith Medals, and have a good smile. He is a finals player, after all.

Is that a dig at Dangerfield? Maybe a little.

On a serious note, at this time last year in the Five-Year Brownlow I wrote of how Dangerfield needed a flag to cement his legacy in the game, but with another season gone and a less than impressive Grand Final showing from him, will he simply be remembered as a great home and away player that just couldn’t get over the hump in terms of being a premiership player?

It’s happened to other greats. Bob Skilton, Robbie Flower, Robert Harvey… Nathan Buckley. Is Danger the next player to slot in alongside them as fantastic players with an asterisk next to their names? Great player – yes, but a great player without team success is… well, look at the way people speak of Karl Malone’s NBA legacy. That’s the way Danger is headed without a premiership. The Cats were close in 2020, but with a long season ahead, the challenge is before them. Can the ageing legs do something amazing?

Or will they be surpassed by some of the other contenders.

The big movers were Jack Macrae, who jumped up from 20th to 13th overall, and Zach Merrett’s performance over the last five years cannot be discounted either. He now resides comfortably in the top ten and at 25 years old, he has some really good years ahead of him, too (I loved him on the wing, Bomber fans – he was killing it out there in 2020). Max Gawn capped a stellar run moving from 19th up to 11th overall as well.

Pretty significant jump up the table after what was an ordinary year by his standards, for Patrick Cripps as well. Should be noted that the year that was subtracted for this (2015) saw him tally just six votes.

So, who makes the jump up the ladder after 2021, and who drops out.

Buddy isn’t looking like he’ll be on this list again without some sort of miracle.

 

As always, if you’d like to support us to grow and produce more of this great (?) content, you could become a member by clicking the image below. I’d really appreciate it.

Plus you help us grow. Come on… click the image below and help an old mongrel out.

Want more of this kind of stuff? Join The Mongrel to get it!