Lachie Neale dominates the sphere to win 2020 Brownlow Medal


A 4 level lead within the rely in spherical eight prolonged to a lead of seven votes (spherical 9), 9 votes (spherical 11) and 11 votes (spherical 12), Neale profitable the medal with two rounds to spare.

Neale polled three votes in consecutive video games from rounds two to 5, then once more in spherical eight, 9, 11, 12, 16 and 18.

Fairest and best: 2020 Brownlow Medal winner Lachie Neale on the run for Brisbane during the Lions' preliminary final loss to the Cats on Saturday night.

Fairest and greatest: 2020 Brownlow Medal winner Lachie Neale on the run for Brisbane throughout the Lions’ preliminary ultimate loss to the Cats on Saturday night time.Credit score:Getty Pictures

He was an integral ingredient in Brisbane’s run to the preliminary ultimate, the membership’s first since 2004.

Born in tiny Kybybolite in South Australia close to the Victorian border, Neale performed his junior footy on the native membership. He then performed for Glenelg within the SANFL earlier than being drafted to Fremantle at choose 58 within the 2011 draft.

That surprisingly lowly place within the draft was so as a result of recruiters thought of him small and a little bit gradual to go larger.

Neale requested a commerce from Fremantle to Brisbane on the finish of 2018 and obtained there for choose six, 19 and 55, with Freo’s choose 30 and Neale heading to the Lions.

Soaking up the atmosphere: Lachie Neale (left) speaks to Rory Laird of the Crows during the 2020 Brownlow Medal count in Brisbane.

Absorbing the ambiance: Lachie Neale (left) speaks to Rory Laird of the Crows throughout the 2020 Brownlow Medal rely in Brisbane. Credit score:Getty Pictures

“It is unbelievable,” Neale mentioned. “I really feel actually humbled to be on this place and to be amongst a few of these names [former winners] continues to be fairly loopy to me.”

Neale mirrored on the actual fact he wasn’t a certainty to get picked in his draft 12 months.

“I can not management what individuals say or take into consideration me,” he mentioned. “In my draft 12 months I believed I used to be enjoying fairly good footy and felt like I wasn’t getting recognised a lot and did not assume I would get drafted.”

He praised the position Ross Lyon performed in his early days at Fremantle, whereas additionally thanking present coach Chris Fagan and his household and teammates.

Cheers: Brownlow Medal presenter Hamish McLachlan and virtual attendees toast winner Lachie Neale during the 2020 Count at NEP Studios in Southbank, Melbourne.

Cheers: Brownlow Medal presenter Hamish McLachlan and digital attendees toast winner Lachie Neale throughout the 2020 Rely at NEP Studios in Southbank, Melbourne.Credit score:Getty Pictures

“Ross was a fantastic affect on me and he actually drove me to turn out to be a greater participant and I could not thank him sufficient for the work that he did with me and my time at Fremantle.

“We had a few actually stern conversations early on in my profession, he mainly instructed me once I got here again from my first off season that if I got here again like this once more I would be a fats little ahead pocket at Glenelg fairly quickly and play my 20 or 30 video games and be out of the system.”

Such is the necessity to social distance within the pandemic, this rely additionally missed the standard second the place final 12 months’s winner places the medal across the neck of the present winner.

So Neale’s former teammate Nat Fyfe instructed the Lion on video hyperlink that he wished he may hug him, and left the 2020 winner to awkwardly place the medal round his personal neck.

Glitz and glamour: Lachie Neale and his wife Julie arrive at The Gabba stadium in Brisbane for the AFL's virtual best and fairest count.

Glitz and glamour: Lachie Neale and his spouse Julie arrive at The Gabba stadium in Brisbane for the AFL’s digital greatest and fairest rely.Credit score:Getty Pictures

His 31 vote tally was exceptional given it was solely a 17 sport season. His 2020 haul would have received the medal 13 occasions in different years this century, which had been all 22 spherical seasons.

In the meantime, if anybody wanted anymore of a reminder of the precocious expertise that’s Matt Rowell, they obtained it on Sunday night time.

The 2019 no.1 draft choose from the Gold Coast Suns polled three votes in his second, third and fourth video games to steer the race tied with Lachie Neale.

He was injured in spherical 5 and missed the remainder of the season.

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The rely, performed at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium by AFL chief govt Gillon McLachlan, was uncommon given the pandemic.

McLachlan and the AFL opted to keep away from a gala night on the Gold Coast with nearly all of the league, as an alternative simply grand ultimate groups Richmond and Geelong had been there, in addition to just a few Gold Coast and St Kilda gamers.

Different gamers gathered on the Gabba, the place Neale was, and Optus Stadium in Perth, Adelaide Oval, the Sydney Cricket Floor and tv studios in Melbourne.

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