2016 Brownlow Medal

The 2016 Brownlow Medal was the 89th 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] Patrick Dangerfield of the Geelong Football Club won the medal by polling thirty-five votes during the 2016 AFL season, at the time the most by any player under the 3-2-1 voting system, beating the previous record of 34 votes set by Dane Swan in 2011.[2]

2016 Brownlow Medal
2016 Brownlow Medallist, Patrick Dangerfield
Date26 September
LocationCrown Palladium
Hosted byBruce McAvaney
WinnerPatrick Dangerfield (Geelong)
35 votes
Television/radio coverage
NetworkSeven Network
Fox Footy

Leading votegetters

1stPatrick Dangerfield (Geelong)35
2ndLuke Parker (Sydney)26
3rdDustin Martin (Richmond)25
Rory Sloane (Adelaide)*24
=4thAndrew Gaff (West Coast)21
Dan Hannebery (Sydney)
Adam Treloar (Collingwood)
=7thMarcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)20
Lachie Neale (Fremantle)
=9thRobbie Gray (Port Adelaide)19
Zach Merrett (Essendon)
Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)

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

Voting procedure

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.

A change was made in 2015 to the rules under which players could become ineligible for the Brownlow Medal. Under previous rules, players were ineligible if found guilty at the AFL Tribunal of an offence with a base penalty equal to or greater than a one-match suspension, even if the player then avoided suspension by taking an early guilty plea after the Match Review Panel's findings. Under the rules:[3]

  • The penalty for all low-end offences for which a player could previously have received a reprimand but avoided suspension was changed to a $1000 fine for the first offence within a season, a $1500 fine for the second offence within a season, and a one-match suspension for the third offence within a season
  • Players would become ineligible for the Brownlow medal only if they incurred a suspension


  1. Lovett, Michael (ed.). AFL Record Season Guide 2016. Docklands, Victoria: Slattery Media Group. p. 593.
  2. Schmook, Nathan (26 September 2016). "Patrick Dangerfield breaks all-time votes record to seal Brownlow Medal". AFL.com.au. Telstra Media. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  3. Nathan Schmook (25 November 2015). "The Nat Fyfe rule: Brownlow Medal shake-up". Australian Football League. Retrieved 14 September 2015.

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