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Blues’ Cripps puts WA town on map again

For a town with less than 1000 people, Northampton knows how to produce an AFL star.

Almost 500km north of Perth, Northampton is Western Australia’s most extraordinary football factory.

Carlton captain Patrick Cripps put the town of 830 people on the map yet again by claiming his first Brownlow Medal in a thrilling count on Sunday night.

Cripps is one of 10 AFL footballers to have grown up there, while Julia Teakle became Northampton’s first elite women’s player when she signed with Port Adelaide ahead of the Power’s inaugural AFLW season.

Already boasting a combined tally of more than 1700 games, premiership winners and Coleman medallists, Northampton can say one of their own is the AFL’s best-and-fairest.

Cripps took time to reflect on his home town less than 20 minutes after he became Carlton’s first Brownlow winner since Chris Judd in 2010.

“(Dual Geelong premiership defender) Harry…


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