MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Tom Mitchell of the Hawks poses with the 2018 Brownlow Medal at Crown Entertainment Complex on September 24, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

One of the worst kept secrets in the AFL was confirmed on Monday night as Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell took home the Brownlow Medal.

Following a season that included averaging 36 disposals, including a record 54 against premiership contenders Collingwood in round one, Mitchell was the far and away favourite to take the award home.

However, the night was not without its moments as Collingwood’s Steele Sidebottom surged into the lead with only six rounds to go in the polling.

Mitchell’s strong finish to the home and away season, however, pushed him back above Sidebottom, and finished the night four votes clear of Sidebottom with 28 votes.

Rounding out the top three places were Sidebottom with 24 and Demon, Angus Brayshaw, who polled 21 votes in a performance that was especially surprising as he was not even invited to the event.

Below is a list of the top polling players at each club.

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Adelaide

Rory Laird ran out of the gates, amassing twelve votes by round nine. He finished with nineteen for the evening to finish equal-sixth with 2017 winner Dustin Martin. Not a bad result for someone who suffered a fractured hand.

Best Performers:
R Laird – 19
B Gibbs – 9
M Crouch – 8

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