And when I say history-making, the 2022 Eagles recorded the fewest Brownlow Medal votes by a team in an AFL season…. in fact, the Eagles had a grand total of 3 team votes up until Round 14.
Yes, the Eagles were even worse than the rotting corpse of the 1996 Fitzroy Lions, a GWS team that had 1 win in their second season, and the 2013 Demons, one of the worst teams of the 21st Century, and if you’d like context on the Eagles’ piss poor polling performance, wooden spooners North Melbourne, who also finished on 2 wins in 2022 but were last on percentage, recorded 31 team votes.
So, in finishing order, the following players outpolled the 2022 Eagles.
Patrick Cripps (Carlton), 29 votes.
Lachie Neale (Brisbane Lions), 28 votes
Touk Miller (Gold Coast), 27 votes.
Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle) & Clayton Oliver (Melbourne), 25 votes.
Christian Petracca (Melbourne), 24 votes.
Callum Mills (Sydney Swans), 21 votes.
Dion Prestia (Richmond) & Jeremy Cameron (Geelong), 19 votes.
Zach Merrett (Essendon), 17 votes.
Luke Parker (Sydney Swans), 16 votes.
And last but not least, one player who finished level with West Coast…
Karl Amon (Port Adelaide), 15 votes.
Yes, Karl Amon, who was predicted to poll 0 votes, and had the odds of 251-1 to finish the night as Port’s highest vote-getter, recorded as many votes as the 2022 West Coast Eagles.
He’s just tacked another couple of zeroes onto his contract with Hawthorn next year.