2017 Brownlow Medal

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2017 Brownlow Medal
Dustin Martin 2017.3.jpg
2017 Brownlow Medallist, Dustin Martin
Date25 September
LocationCrown Palladium
Hosted byBruce McAvaney
WinnerDustin Martin
Richmond (36 votes)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkSeven Network

The 2017 Brownlow Medal was the 90th year the award was presented to the player adjudged the fairest and best player during the Australian Football League (AFL) home and away season.[1] Dustin Martin of the Richmond Football Club won the medal with 36 votes.[2]

Leading votegetters[edit]

Player Votes
1st Dustin Martin (Richmond) 36
Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)* 33
2nd Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn) 25
3rd Josh Kennedy (Sydney) 23
4th Lance Franklin (Sydney) 22
5th Josh Kelly (Greater Western Sydney) 21
6th Rory Sloane (Adelaide) 20
7th Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs) 19
8th Ollie Wines (Port Adelaide) 18
9th Dayne Beams (Brisbane Lions) 17
10th Luke Parker (Sydney) 16

* The player was ineligible to win the medal due to suspension by the AFL Tribunal during the year.

Voting procedure[edit]

The three field umpires (those umpires who control the flow of the game, as opposed to goal or boundary umpires) confer after each match and award three votes, two votes and one vote to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best in the match, respectively. The votes are kept secret until the awards night, and are read and tallied on the evening.

The winner of the 2017 Brownlow medal was Dustin Martin, scoring a record 36 votes to win the seasons best and fairest. For much of the season, Martin and 2016 winner Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) had emerged as the stand-out midfielders in the game, and the pair had been expected to dominate the count;[3] however, Dangerfield became ineligible for the medal in Round 19 after being suspended for one week for a dangerous tackle, leaving Martin as the short-priced favourite.[4] In the week leading up to the count, Martin was a $1.08 favourite with bookmakers.[5]


  1. ^ Lovett, Michael (ed.). AFL Record Season Guide 2016. Docklands, Victoria: Slattery Media Group. p. 593.
  2. ^ McGowan, Marc (25 September 2017). "Dusty's late surge seals record-breaking Brownlow win". AFL.com.au. Telstra Media. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Dangerfield-Dusty Brownlow Medal battle could be as tight as Bonecrusher v Our Waverley Star". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  4. ^ Lauren Wood (1 August 2017). "Geelong accepts one-match suspension, Patrick Dangerfield ineligible for Brownlow Medal". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Brownlow Medal 2017 betting guide: Can anyone stop Dustin Martin?". Herald Sun. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.