The WAGs looked stunning, the blokes looked sharp either at a function or via zoom, the votes were counted, it was close and then Port Adelaide’s Ollie Wines ended up winning the Brownlow.
But what did we learn from last nights count?
What can the punters take from it, and what can they do to better themselves.
As is custom, we present a five-leg multi of hindsight that we like to call: Five Lessons Learned – Brownlow Edition.
(1) Black Fingernails, Ollie Wines
(This has nothing to do with the Eskimo Joe song, I just like the headline.)
Imagine being a punter that had the foresight to back Ollie Wines at the $81 on offer at the start of the season?
Well, two Ladbrokes punters managed to do just that earlier in the season.
One chucked on a pineapple ($50) on Wines prior to Port’s Round 4 clash against Richmond, while another chucked $100 on him the week before the Power travelled to Perth to face West Coast in a disappointing performance (and Wines didn’t poll)
Fair to say, those two Punters will be up and about this morning with their respective $4,050 and $8000 dividends.
If you know ‘em, it’s their shout!
(2) Wines Selection
The big bets started to come after Round 6, for which Wines got 36 touches in Port’s 54-point win over the Saints.
Wines price dropped to $34, with some $200 and $500 bets coming in the day after.
He remained in the mix as a Brownlow favourite towards the second half of the season.
After week 1 of the finals, when the Power did a number on the Cats by 43 points, Wines best on ground 33 disposal effort was convincing enough to a Ladbrokes punter who chucked on $13,000 for him to take Charlie home.
(3) I Should Be so (Un)Lucky
Marcus Bontempelli joins an elite list of players on the list of the most votes not to win a Brownlow.
The Bont equalled Patrick Dangerfield’s (who was ineligible that season) 33 vote effort back in 2017.
Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver (31) and Carlton’s Sam Walsh (30) polled 30+ votes, which normally should get you a Brownlow only to have Wines storm home with 36 votes.
The Herald Sun’s Sam Landsberger raised an excellent point in his analysis in this mornings paper, that the 2021 edition of the Brownlow proved that the new generation of stars have truly arrived.
The likes of Nat Fyfe, Dusty, Danger, Lachie Neale and Scott Pendlebury had a quiet night on the votes.
Darcy Parish and Sam Walsh polled highly.
(4) Bont4Brownlow 2022
It’s probably the last thing on his mind right now, but had the Bulldogs not had a little form slump towards the end of the home and away season Marcus Bontempelli would probably be a Brownlow Medallist.
He’ll say that he’s more focused on the Grand Final, and so he should be, but you could tell by the look on his face that the Bont was devastated that he wasn’t going to take Charlie home.
However, there’s always next year and for his sake, the (hopefully) two-time Western Bulldogs premiership player opens the 2022 Brownlow betting as the equal $7 favourite with Carlton’s Sam Walsh.
Ollie Wines is in the second line of betting at $8 to go back-to-back with Clayton Oliver and Lachie Neale at $9.
The likes of Christian Petracca, Darcy Parish, Dustin Martin and Nat Fyfe are all at $10.
One would hope it will be as a competitive field next year as to what we witnessed this season.
(5) Where’s My Stream?
It was obvious, well on Twitter anyway, that many a punter doesn’t have a TV with an antenna these days.
For whatever reason that the AFL broadcast agreement had the Brownlow was broadcast only on traditional free to air television.
Those trying to get a stream of the Brownlow via Foxtel, Kayo or 7Plus couldn’t get it, unless they had a television with an antenna.
While much of the population still have traditional free-to-air television in their homes, the lack of a stream of the Brownlow was completely unacceptable in 2021.
One would only hope the AFL and the broadcasters sort it out, preferably in time for Saturday’s Grand Final.