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2023 AFL Brownlow Medal: Round 20 Votes

August 2nd 2023, 11:57am, By: Brownlow Bandit

The AFL season rolls on as we continue with our in-depth 2023 Brownlow Medal coverage. Every game, every round, we'll have 2023 Brownlow Medal tips, analysis and information, to make your 2023 Brownlow Medal night a profitable one!

As usual, we’ll share our thoughts from every match of the AFL season, along with our Brownlow vote allocations using our own system which has a proven profitable history over many years. For full details on how it works, see the section at the bottom of the page. We hope you'll use our free Brownlow tips to help you find value during the season and built a green book before the big night.

For links to every round of the season and full count, head to our 2023 Brownlow Medal Leaderboard page.

2023 AFL Brownlow Round 20 Overview

It was a round full of upsets, but it was another quieter week for our Brownlow contenders with none of our top five players polling Brownlow votes in Round 20. The big mover is GWS star Toby Greene who is flying on the back of a seven-game winning streak for the Giants and another best-on-ground performance.

Errol Gulden, Zach Merrett and Max Gawn are other notables who put in big performances in Round 20.

Check out our Round 20 Brownlow votes below!


2023 AFL Brownlow Votes - Round 20 Match Analysis

Collingwood 10.16.76 def by Carlton 14.9.93

A huge upset on Friday night set the trend for the weekend as the Blues accounted for the Pies. The win was setup in the first half with Adam Cerra  who was dominant picking up 20 disposals and 6 clearances before doing a hammy early in the third to deny himself three Brownlow votes. Nic Newman (27 disposals, 10 marks) and Jacob Weitering (18 disposals, 11 marks) were superb across half-back, Patrick Cripps (20 disposals, 10 tackles, 7 clearances) provided grunt in the middle, while Charlie Curnow finished their work with 6 goals from 15 disposals. He was a huge target up forward although a number of goals came from soft free kicks, so it will be interesting to see how the umpires see this one.

Nic Newman - 2
Charlie Curnow - 2
Adam Cerra - 1
Jacob Weitering - 1


Geelong 9.10.64 def by Fremantle 10.11.71

Perhaps the biggest upset of the round was Freo winning away from home at Geelong to leave the Cats premiership defence hanging by a thread. Andrew Brayshaw (28 disposals, 11 tackles) and Caleb Serong (29 disposals, 6 tackles, 7 clearances), Alex Pearce (18 disposals, 8 marks) was a rock in defence while Lachie Schultz (19 disposals, 2 goals) was a livewire up forward. Tom Stewart (25 disposals, 11 marks) was best for the Cats.

Alex Pearce - 2
Caleb Serong - 2
Andrew Brayshaw - 1
Tom Stewart - 1


Western Bulldogs 10.13.73 def by GWS Giants 11.12.78

The Giants are closing in on September action with another fantastic win on the road, their seventh in a row! There were plenty of great individual performances but none better than Toby Greene who was a star with 5 goals and 10 score involvements from his 19 disposals to set up the win. Lachie Whitfield (36 disposals, 9 marks), Stephen Coniglio (34 disposals, 9 tackles, 7 clearances) and Sam Taylor (18 disposals, 8 marks) were all influential for the Giants. Bailey Dale (37 disposals, 8 marks, 1 goal), Adam Treloar (34 disposals, 7 tackles, 7 clearances, 2 goals), Tom Liberatore (35 disposals, 10 clearances) and Tim English (25 disposals, 33 hitouts, 2 goals) are all a chance for Brownlow votes.

Toby Greene - 3
Lachie Whitfield - 1
Sam Taylor - 1
Bailey Dale - 1


Gold Coast 15.6.96 def Brisbane 7.13.55

The Suns put in one of their best performances with a four-quarter effort to account for the Lions. Touk Miller led from the front, blanketing Lachie Neale while also collecting 29 disposals and 6 clearances to win his fourth Marcus Ashcroft Medal for best afield. It’s likely to be Miller’s first Brownlow votes for the year! Noah Anderson (29 disposals, 7 marks, 1 goal), Sam Flanders (32 disposals) and Ben King (5 goals, 7 disposals, 6 marks) were among the Suns best. Josh Dunkley (30 disposals, 10 tackles, 9 clearances) tried hard on a poor day for the Lions.

Touk Miller - 3
Noah Anderson - 2
Ben King - 1


Essendon 15.9.99 def by Sydney 15.11.101

The Bombers bubble may have burst after going down to the Swans in a thriller. Errol Guilden (37 disposals, 10 marks, 6 clearances, 1 goal) was brilliant, with Jake Lloyd (31 disposals, 8 marks), Braeden Campbell (26 disposals, 8 marks) and Joel Amartey (4 goals, 11 disposals, 7 marks) all playing their roles well. Zach Merrett (39 disposals, 8 marks, 9 clearances) was prolific while Kyle Langford (5 goals, 10 disposals) continued his impressive season.

Errol Gulden - 3
Zach Merrett - 2
Kyle Langford - 1


Adelaide 16.16.112 def Port Adelaide 9.11.65

Adelaide were far too good in the Showdown with Taylor Walker standing tall with 7 goals from 20 disposals and 6 marks to win the Showdown Medal. Matt Crouch (32 disposals, 6 tackles, 12 clearances), Jordan Dawson (34 disposals, 7 marks), Wayne Milera (32 disposals) and Rory Laird (26 disposals, 13 tackles) all won plenty of ball. Zak Butters (32 disposals, 6 clearances) was best for the Power.

Taylor Walker - 3
Matt Crouch - 2
Jordan Dawson - 1


Hawthorn 14.9.93 def by St Kilda 19.8.122

The Saints burst out of the blocks and never looked back, recording a comfortable win over the Hawks. Brad Crouch (32 disposals, 8 clearances, 3 goals), Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera (33 disposals, 10 marks, 1 goal), Jack Steele (23 disposals, 12 tackles, 7 clearances) and Dan Butler (4 goals, 17 disposals) were among the Saints best. Luke Breust did all he could for the Hawks, finishing with 6 goals from 8 disposals and 6 marks.

Brad Crouch - 3
Luke Breust - 1
Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera - 1
Dan Butler - 1


Richmond 15.8.98 def by Melbourne 20.10.130

It was a close contest all day, but Melbourne kicked the last six goals of the game to kick clear of the Tigers. The Dees finally found a forward with Harrison Petty the unlikely hero with 6 goals from 11 disposals and 10 marks. Max Gawn (28 disposals, 40 hitouts, 11 clearances) was huge when the game was on the line, while Jack Viney (32 disposals, 9 tackles, 7 clearances) and Christian Petracca (29 disposals, 8 clearances, 1 goal) were typically dominant. Dustin Martin (21 disposals, 3 goals) was a stand out for the Tigers.

Max Gawn - 3
Harrison Petty - 2
Jack Viney - 1


West Coast 10.12.72 def North Melbourne 10.7.67

The bottom-of-the-table clash saw the Eagles break their 16-game losing streak while the Roos slumped to a new low in 2023. Tim Kelly (26 disposals, 7 clearances), Jayden Hunt (25 disposals, 7 marks, 1 goal), Shannon Hurn (21 disposals, 9 marks) and Jamie Cripps (18 disposals, 6 marks, 11 tackles, 2 goals) were best for the Eagles. Luke Davies-Uniacke (30 disposals, 6 tackles, 8 clearances, 1 goal) and Harry Sheezel (31 disposals) continue to carry the torch for the Roos.

Tim Kelly - 3
Luke Davies-Uniacke - 2
Shannon Hurn - 1





For those who need a refresher on how our Brownlow vote predictor system works, we assign 6 votes per game so that our total votes are the same as the official 3-2-1 system, however we break up those votes as we see fit across potentially more than three players. Some games are really tough to call which way the votes will go, so a better predictive model is to split performances and assign half points to each player where there is doubt. So for example if two players dominate and it's too hard to split their performance, they are given 2.5 votes each, with the remaining 1 vote given to another player(s). This will give us a predictive total closer to their true total, rather than guessing. We can then form a 'range' for each player (i.e. a min and max we think players can poll) with the thinking behind this that the variations from the half votes will even out over the long term.

If you intend on using our Brownlow votes to bet why not consider one of the best Australian sports betting sites which offer some great features for new customers. Also be sure to check out our Twitter page at @Before_You_Bet and continue returning to the site for our AFL tips.


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