LION KING CROWNED
Brisbane star Lachie Neale (pictured with wife Julie) last night became the first Lion since 2002 to win AFL’s prestigious Brownlow Medal.
THE Lions may not have their fairytale grand final appearance but they do now boast the competition’s best and fairest player.
Lachie Neale has become the first Brisbane Lions player in 18 years to win AFL’s biggest individual prize, crowned as the Brownlow Medal winner last night, polling 31 votes.
It came just 24 hours after Brisbane’s heartbreaking 40point loss to Geelong in this year’s preliminary final.
The 27-year-old Brisbane star had the coveted award all wrapp wrapped up p with two rounds to go and was a record 10 votes ahead of the next player, Travis Boak (21). He joins Michael Voss (1996), Jason Akermanis (2001) and Simon Black (2002) as the fourth Brisbane Lions player to win the award.
Neale said there was “a sense of relief” to finally achieve the honour.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I feel really humbled to be in this position. “I’m very proud.” But Neale said he still has unfinished business at the club. “The ultimate goal is a premiership … and we’re not going to stop until we get there,” he said.
It was a bittersweet win for Neale, wh who admitted in the lead-up t to last night’s ceremony tha that he was still feeling “pretty fla flat” after the preliminary fina finals loss to Geelong. It wa was a historic event, with the hy hybrid virtual awards night ta taking place in six locations ar around the country, including The Gabba in Brisban Brisbane and Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast, with the even events hosted via video. Desp Despite the unique circumstan cumstances as a result of COVIDCOVID-19 restrictions, the wives an and girlfriends of players still managed to bring a glamoro glamorous touch, with Neale’s wife Julie sporting a head-tu head-turning Chosen by One Day gold sequined sheer dress featu featuring a high split.
Lachie Neale with wife Julie. Picture: Getty/ Quinn Rooney