Stay tuned to this page for weekly AFL players performance reviews across the 2022 AFL premiership season. Betfair’s AFL betting expert Joel Cashman will review the AFL players performances of five notable AFL players after each round throughout the year. Check out his analysis and commentary in our weekly player performance reviews below.
2022 AFL PLAYERS IN SPOTLIGHT | ROUND 7
1. Lachie Neale (Brisbane)
We have a challenger for the Brownlow! Patrick Cripps had his first full game this season without reaching 30 disposals and a goal, so in swoops Lachie Neale as the equal leader of the Brownlow leader board.
Neale now has 5 games in 2022 with 30+ disposals in a Brisbane Lions win, all 5 he is predicted to poll the 3 votes. The 2020 Brownlow Medallist is arguably having a better season this year with more impact from his possessions and more match-winning individual performances. Neale currently averages career high contested possessions (ranked 1st in AFL) and clearances (ranked =2nd).
Click below for for Lachie Neale’s odds for the Brownlow Medal
2. Callum Mills (Sydney Swans)
The Sydney Swans workhorse has been in ripping form in 2022 and is currently 6th on the Brownlow Predictor. Mills has a unique blend of inside grunt and outside class that was on full display in Round 9 with 13 tackles, 7 clearances to go with 7 marks and 7 inside 50s.
As the Swans number 1 inside midfielder, Mills is virtually always a chance to poll votes when Sydney wins the game. There were doubts in the preseason about Mills’ Brownlow chances after serious Achilles injury derailed his preseason, but the Swans Academy product is at full flight and tearing opposition midfields apart with his brutal attack and elite ball use. Definitely one to keep your eye on for top 3 and top 5 markets later in the year.
Click below for Callum Mills’ odds for the Brownlow Medal
3. Christian Petracca (Melbourne)
Petracca is back in the hunt for the Brownlow after a 3 vote game against the Eagles, sitting only 2 votes behind the leaders with a juicy match up with the Kangaroos.
The Norm Smith Medallist obviously loves the big stage, saving his best performances for the toughest teams with the most at stake, but that won’t stop him from dominating a lowly opponent. Petracca had 28 disposals last week with 18 kicks and 6 shots at goal, if the same intensity is brought to Round 10 under the roof of Marvel against the 17th ranked side North Melbourne, there could be a serious bag kicked.
Click below for Christian Petracca’s odds for the Brownlow Medal
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4. Touk Miller (Gold Coast Suns)
The Gold Coast skipper was fantastic in the wet and dragged his team over the line against a top 4 side in Fremantle. Miller has been going under the radar once again in 2022 as the only player in the top 10 of the Brownlow predictor whose team isn’t currently in the top 8. If the Suns can continue this winning streak, Miller’s stocks will rise by the week.
The All Australian is the favourite to pick up the 3 votes in 2 of his last 3 matches after a huge 34 disposal (8 more than the next best Sun), 10 clearance, 8 tackle game. Currently ranks in the top 10 for disposals, clearances and contested possessions- all key categories that lead to Brownlow votes.
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5. Dustin Martin (Richmond)
How good is it to have Dusty back in action! The 2017 Brownlow Medallist is spending more time forward as he builds his tank and its working a treat for the Richmond Football Club, kicking 5 goals and averaging 21.5 touches in his 2 games since returning. Dusty is a chance to poll in Round 9 with his 20 touches and 3 goals, but could really explode in the Dreamtime match against Essendon- a game Martin has polled Brownlow votes in for 7 consecutive years (averaging 30.4 disposals, 1 goal and won 2x BOG medals)
Click below for Dustin Martin’s odds for the Brownlow Medal