Carlton captain Patrick Cripps has won the AFL’s highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal, for the first time with 29 votes.
Carlton captain Patrick Cripps claims 2022 Brownlow Medal
Carlton AFL captain Patrick Cripps has won his first Brownlow Medal in a thrilling count, sneaking past favourite Lachie Neale in the final round.
Cripps snatched the lead with three votes in Carlton’s heartbreaking round-23 loss to Collingwood to win the AFL’s highest individual honour on 29 votes, ahead of pre-count favourite Lachie Neale (28 votes), of Brisbane, and Gold Coast’s Touk Miller (27).
He is the first Blue to win the Brownlow since former skipper Chris Judd in 2010.
“Mate, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” Cripps said as he accepted the prestigious medal.