Well, as I said in my January post 2014 preseason brownlow medal betting tips if Gary Ablett Jr. didn’t get injured or suspended, he’d win. This is the exact quote:
My tip for the 2014 Brownlow: I think if Gary Ablett stays fit and doesn’t get suspended will win. I’m happily betting on him at fixed odds of $7.50 and I expect to watch as his odds go down to even money as the season progresses. It’s very possible he will then be beaten by one vote in a nail-biting finish as he polls zero votes in the last game of the year, only needing 1 to win, but that’s gambling.
Unfortunately, since I forgot to knock on wood after typing the above, he got a season ending injury against Collingwood in round 16. At the time he was considered by everyone to be leading the Brownlow medal count by quite a large margin, nobody doubted he would go on to win his third Charlie. We’ll have to wait until Brownlow Medal night to find out if his arguably best year of football, up until the point he got injured will be enough to get him over the line and become just the fifth person in history to win the AFL’s best and fairest medal three times.
My Top 3 Brownlow Medal Tips for 2014
- Joel Selwood finished 1 vote behind ex team-mate Gazza after polling zero votes in his last game, was unlucky not to win last year and has a good chance of winning in 2014.
- Josh Kennedy from Sydney who is undoubtedly one of the best inside midfielders in the competition, with Sydney finishing with 17 wins and with Kennedy being instrumental in many of those, he’s sure to poll well.
- Gary Ablett would have won if he didn’t get injured, there is absolutely no doubting that. However, I am not convinved that he was far enough in front before going down with his season ending injury.
My Smokie For a Top Five (or higher) Finish
Hawthorn’s Jordan Lewis. While it’s unlikely that he will win although not impossible, he has been an underrated player for quite some time now, but with major vote getter Sam Mitchell out with injury for a large part of the year, Jordan Lewis stood up and no doubt would have got the attention of the umpires in quite a few of Hawthorn’s 17 wins. Although his stats seem to be a little down on average when Mitchell was out of the team, he could very well get 2 or 3 votes in some absolutely great games he played, especially towards the end of the year. If he picks up some early votes as well, I can see him finishing in the top 5. I think he deserves it, however, it is possible that I have my Hawthorn coloured glasses on here.
The Best 2014 Brownlow Medal Betting Odds
SportsBet is the internet bookie you want to bet if you’re going to get on one of the top 2 favourites, Selwood or Ablett. Alternatively, LuxBet have the best odds online for most of the outsiders, but (It’s worth noting that SportsBet is probably my current favourite bookmaker at present after a few changes in the online betting world has left some companies I used to have a lot of respect for, well, a little less respect for).
As per usual, the best odds available for each team from each online bookmaker are listed in bold text.
|Josh Kennedy (Syd)||8.00||10||11||10||10||8.00||11|
These odds were correct at the time of posting and are subject to change.