Star Port Adelaide midfielder Ollie Wines has edged out Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli to take home the 2021 Brownlow Medal.
After Bontempelli led the count for most of the night, the voting came down to a thrilling final round.
With one round to go, Wines had overtaken Bontempelli to lead by one vote before collecting a further two in the final round to secure the Brownlow.
Wines finished with 36 votes, while Bontempelli collected 33 to finish second best.
Tonight’s count was the first time in history where four players polled at least 30 votes.
“I am incredibly honoured to win this award. I see it as more than an individual award – it is a team award,” Wines said.
“From our playing group to our coaches to our football staff, upstairs in our buildings, to our administration staff, everyone, your work on and off the field – it definitely doesn’t go unnoticed.
“Everyone is so integral to winning the premiership. Obviously, we made a home preliminary in the last two years and fell short, but we are as hungry as ever and will certainly be back in 2022.”
Wines tonight equalled Richmond’s Dustin Martin’s record-breaking tally of 36 votes back in 2017.
Unfortunately for Bontempelli, who is preparing to take on the Demons in next week’s AFL Grand Final, the Bulldogs’ horror finish to the home and away season ultimately proved costly.
Bontempelli failed to register any votes in the final three rounds, in which the Bulldogs lost.
1st – Ollie Wines – 36 votes
2nd – Marcus Bontempelli – 33 votes
3rd – Clayton Oliver – 31 votes
4th – Sam Walsh – 30 votes
=5th – Darcy Parish 26 votes
= 5th – Jack Steele 26 votes