AFL 2023 Brownlow Predictor - Round 22

The Brownlow race is still wide open with just a couple of rounds to go.

For the 2023 season, the Edge of the Crowd writers keep tabs on the best performances in every AFL match to predict who will win the Brownlow medal; Round Twenty-Two was no different.

Collingwood 109 d Geelong 101

3. Jeremy Cameron

2. Josh Daicos

1. Scott Pendlebury

Collingwood cemented their place at the top of the ladder with this win in a high-scoring match on Friday night. Despite being on the losing side, Cameron picks up three votes for kicking seven goals, four from his 14 disposals. Josh Daicos thrived in his brother's absence, with 38 touches through the middle and off the wing. The Pies captain picked up his first vote for the season after having 21 touches with a goal amongst five clearances.

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North Melbourne 77 def by Essendon 86

3. Nic Martin

2. Darcy Parish

1. Ben Cunnington

The Bombers won't make the finals, but a late run of wins will build plenty of confidence before 2024. Nic Martin was the best of the bunch with 32 touches, three goals, and 514 metres gained. Darcy Parish had nine clearances with 679 metres gained after his 33 touches. The final vote went to the retiring Ben Cunnington, who went out on top with 24 touches, two goals, and a massive ten clearances.

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Sydney 114 d Gold Coast 90

3. Will Hayward

2. Chad Warner

1. Matt Rowell

While the Gold Coast were competitive, Sydney kept their finals hopes alive in the end. Will Hayward picks up the three votes after 16 touches, but more importantly, four goals. Chad Warner kicked a couple of goals with 28 touches and seven clearances. Matt Rowell has the final vote of the match; he got his hands on the ball 25 times and had nine clearances.

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Brisbane 99 d Adelaide 93

3. Hugh McCluggage

2. Matt Crouch

1. Zac Bailey

In a tight one at the Gabba, Brisbane just got over the line to keep their two hopes alive. McCluggage gets the three votes after having 28 touches, eight clearances and booting two key goals. Matt Crouch was the best Crows player with 33 touches, the only criticism being there was just eight kicks. Zac Bailey is the final vote-getter; he kicked a couple of goals along with having four clearances.

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Carlton 60 d Melbourne 56

3. Nic Newman

2. Jack Viney

1. Patrick Cripps

In a low-scoring slog, the Blues beat one of their massive rivals to keep the finals race alive. Nic Newman was the best on ground with 33 touches, 27 kicks and three clearances. Viney had 31 touches through the middle and 11 tackles on the defensive end. Patrick Cripps had 29 touches to lead his side to victory, kicking a key goal.

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West Coast 33 def by Fremantle 134

3. Lachie Schultz

2. Luke Jackson

1. Andrew Brayshaw

There's not much to say about this match; Freo is just too good for the worst team the AFL has ever seen. Schultz had 24 touches, three clearances and kicked a bag of five to guarantee three votes. Jackson had his best game for Freo with 26 hit outs, six tackles and a goal while going up forward. Brayshaw is in the votes for 33 touches through the middle.

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Hawthorn 67 d Western Bulldogs 64

3. Jai Newcombe

2. Marcus Bontempelli

1. Karl Amon

The Hawks continue to cause massive upsets and, over the weekend, ruined the Dog's season. Newcombe dominated through the middle for Hawthron, having 40 touches and kicking a goal, along with five clearances. Bontempelli was the best for the Dogs, with 23 touches and seven clearances for 686 metres gained. Karl Amon gets the final vote for his 32 touches and a goal.

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St Kilda 93 d Richmond 57

3. Rowan Marshall

2. Jack Steele

1. Dustin Martin

Despite rarely winning, the Saints still sit in the top eight; wins like this make them dangerous come September. Rowan Marshall picks up three votes after having 20 hit outs and 23 touches to go with a goal. The Saints skipper had 23 touches through the middle to accompany his five clearances, which picks him up two votes. Dusty is back in the votes after having 26 touches with five clearances.

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Port Adelaide 136 d GWS 85

3. Jason Horne-Francis

2. Tom Green

1. Dan Houston

The Power is back on in Adelaide. Jason Horne-Francis had his best game for Port with three goals and 27 touches, and five clearances. Tom Green had 31 touches, along with a couple of goals and setting up a couple more. The final vote of the round goes to Dan Houston, who had 30 touches with a goal while gaining almost 700 metres.

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1. Nick Daicos (32)

2. Jordan Dawson (28)

3. Christian Petracca (27)

4. Marcus Bontempelli (25)

5. Errol Gulden (24)

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