It was only appropriate that after one of the best AFL seasons in living memory that we were rewarded with one of the best finishes in recent Brownlow Medal memory.
As Gillon McLachlan implored the rowdy crowd to sit down and let him carry on with the count, a handful of players sat nervously waiting to see if their names would be etched into history.
In the end, Carlton’s Patrick Cripps scraped home by one vote to claim the AFL’s highest individual honour.
In the days leading up to the Brownlow, ABC Sport commissioned Andrew ‘The Brownlow Whisperer’ McGarry to run his eyes over the entire field and predict which player would poll the most votes at each club.
But did he get it right? Check out his predictions below and the entire list of players who earned a vote on the AFL’s night of nights.
Taylor Walker – 14
Ben Keays – 11
Rory Laird – 10
Jordan Dawson – 8
Sam Berry – 2