Gold Coast superstar, Gary Ablett, has won his second Brownlow Medal overnight in a nail biting conclusion at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
The Suns Captain pipped former Geelong team-mate Joel Selwood and Collingwood’s Dane Swan late in the tally count.
Ablett took an expected early lead in the voting but had to come from behind in the final round scoring 3 votes to clinch the AFL’s Best and Fairest award by just 1 vote, with a total of 28 polling points.
Geelong’s Joel Selwood took a late lead in Round 21 to overhaul Ablett’s advantage whilst Collingwood’s Dane Swan collected 3 votes over Rounds 21 and 22 to be 1 point clear of Ablett on 26 and 25 respectively.
Neither Selwood nor Swan gained votes in Round 23 therefore the AFL’s CEO Andrew Demetriou announced the Gold Coast Suns v GWS Giants match last, finally revealing Ablett as the 2013 winner with 3 votes to win by 1 at the death.
Whilst accepting the medal, Ablett said: “I was very nervous towards the end,”
“I was actually shattered I didn’t get two [points in the last round] because Joel deserves to be up here just as much as I do.”
“He’s an ex-team-mate of mine and a very good friend. You deserve to be up here mate.”
“No doubt it’s an honour, it has been a rare challenge up there. I knew when I moved to the Gold Coast it’s going to take time.”
“I’m really hoping we can win a premiership in my time.”
“I have fantastic people around me, I’ve got to thank Guy McKenna [Suns Coach], he’s given me fantastic support.”
“He gave me advice saying ‘mate, remember it’s going to take time up here. Just have patience and it will happen eventually.”
Ablett, who won the medal with the Geelong Cats in 2009, is the fifth player to win Brownlow Medals at different clubs, joining Ian Stewart, Peter Moore, Greg Williams and Chris Judd.
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