Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of the 2023 Brownlow Medal.
Collingwood’s Nick Daicos is the favourite for the award, but a knee injury that kept him out for the final few weeks of the season could open the door for the Western Bulldogs’ Marcus Bontempelli, Port Adelaide’s Zak Butters or Melbourne’s Christian Petracca take out the highest individual honour in the sport.
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The AFL’s night of night’s will be held at Crown Melbourne, with the Goal of the Year and Mark of the Year to also be announced tonight.
The Brisbane Lions, playing in Saturday’s Grand Final against Collingwood, will not be in attendance, instead attending via satellite from the Gabba.
The red carpet kicks off at 5.15pm AEST, with the vote count to commence at 8.05pm.
The Goal of the Year and Mark of the Year will be announced at 9.05pm, with the Brownlow Medal winner expected to be announced at 10.45pm.
4.30pm – Collingwood captain set to step out with ABC star
Collingwood captain Darcy Moore is set to step out on the red carpet with Triple J star Dee Salmin, the Herald Sun reports.
Salmin has hosted the sex and relationships segment “The Hook Up” on the national broadcaster since January 2022, and has worked as a reporter and producer at Triple J since February 2021.
The pair stepped out earlier this year at the opening night of the Melbourne run of Moulin Rouge at the Regent Theatre in August, holding hands as they entered.
4pm – Brayshaws snub footy’s night of nights
Melbourne star Angus Brayshaw, still recovering from a sickening collision with Collingwood’s Brayden Maynard in the Dees’ qualifying final loss, is reported to ditch the biggest night of the year alongside fiancee Danielle Frawley, News Corp reports.
The pair will be replaced at the Melbourne table by inside midfielder Jack Viney and his wife, Charlotte.
“I think the last two years Jack got suspended so we haven’t been since the one in the hub,’’ Charlotte said.
“There’s not too many events where you get to have a gown custom made for you. It’s also so good seeing what everyone else is wearing and seeing the vision of the stylist and designer come to life.”
3.30pm – Cousins makes stunning Brownlow Medal return
For the first time since he won the biggest award in football, Ben Cousins will return to Crown to attend the Brownlow Medal night.
Speaking to The Australian, Cousins said he wanted to take advantage of the chances he had been given in life.
It comes after Cousins took up presenting Seven’s morning sport bulletin in Perth, with colleagues describing him as “keen to learn”.