Tue, Sep 23, 11:58am by Mike Randall
IN the wake of West Coast ‘Mr Nice Guy’ Matt Priddis’ popular Brownlow Medal win last night, Gold Coast Suns all-time great Gary Ablett Jr and Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe have been installed as joint favourites to win next year’s version.
That pair is $7 with our recommended bookies to take out Charlie in 2015, with Geelong champion Joel Selwood rated a $9 chance and Adelaide gun Patrick Dangerfield $12.
Fyfe, who was ineligible to win the award after being suspended twice during the season, polled 25 votes, one behind Priddis, while Ablett registered a scorching 17 votes from his first 11 matches, before eventually finishing on 22, despite succumbing to a season-ending shoulder injury in round 16.
Ablett wasn’t able to hang on this year, but Sportsbet.com.au refunded just under $88,000 worth of bets on the Gold Coast skipper that were placed prior to the July 9 injury.
AustralianGambling.com.au tipped Priddis, $101 at the start of the season, and he polled 26 votes to take home the award last night.
“Not many saw Priddis winning, but a few punters were clever enough to get on him at big odds and will have some pretty big bragging rights at work,” Sportsbet.com.au’s Shaun Anderson said.
One punter jumped on the $101 with a $20 bet to collect over $2,000 with Sportsbet.com.au and those who were astute could still get $21 after round 17.
“This doesn’t sit too well with me, I’m a pretty shy kind of guy,” Priddis said during the medal’s presentation.
“I don’t see myself with the likes of some of the Brownlow medallists of the past, so it’s a little bit daunting, but something I’m obviously very proud of.”
The Eagles’ accumulator is $17 to go back-to-back, sharing that line with Magpie Rolls Royce Scott Pendlebury and Richmond captain Trent Cotchin.
Sydney match-winner Lance Franklin, who finished equal second with Ablett (excluding Fyfe), he is $21, with Swans team mates Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker, Bomber Jobe Watson, Hawk extractor Sam Mitchell and Brisbane young gun Tom Rockliff all at those odds.
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