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DUSTY MARTIN WINS BROWNLOW MEDAL
NINE years after he was named the Bendigo Football League’s rising star in 2008, Dustin Martin has won the AFL’s Brownlow Medal.
Richmond superstar Martin had been the raging hot $1.05 favourite going into Monday night’s count and won with a record 36 votes.
The 26-year-old has become the first player drafted from the Bendigo Pioneers to win the Brownlow Medal. He was drafted to Richmond from the Pioneers with pick No.3 in 2009.
It was a big night in Castlemaine and Campbells Creek where Martin previously played before going on to become one of the AFL’s biggest names.
Martin first played junior football with Campbells Creek in the under-10s, while he got his first taste of senior football with Castlemaine as a 16-year-old in the Bendigo league in 2008 when he won the Rising Star Award.
Brownlow functions were held at Campbells Creek’s Five Flags Hotel where the “Dustin Martini” was a popular drink and at the Castlemaine Football-Netball Club social rooms at Camp Reserve where each vote he was awarded – particularly the threes – was met with a loud cheer.
Martin’s nan Lois Knight attended both functions and watched her grandson win the Brownlow Medal at the Castlemaine rooms, along with other members of his family, the Denahys.
Martin polled votes in 14 games, including 11 where he was awarded best-on-ground.
He had two patches where he polled three consecutive best on grounds.
Second was Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield, who polled 33 votes, but was ineligible.
As well as winning the Brownlow Medal, Martin also gets the chance to become a premiership player this Saturday when his Tigers take on Adelaide in the grand final at the MCG.
DUSTY WINS WITH 36 VOTES
Dusty 3 more votes – up to 33.
NOW OPERATING FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM LIVE FROM CASTLEMAINE – BUT DUSTY WILL BE A WINNER OF THE BROWNLOW MEDAL.
Round 21 – 0 votes for Dusty v Geelong. He can’t lose though. He has 30 at moment. Dangerfield on 31 but inelegible.
DUSTY CAN’T LOSE THE BROWNLOW MEDAL.
HE IS GOING TO DO IT.
Round 20 – v Hawthorn. 32 touches and 1 goal for Dusty. 0 votes.
That’s another patch of 3 straight 3 vote games for Dusty.
The cheers are getting louder for each vote.
Round 19 – v Gold Coast: 34 touches and one goal in a Tigers’ win. 3 votes for Dusty. He has 30.
Dusty has now polled in 11 games. he has picked up 3 votes in 8 if them.
He has 8 3 votes and 3 1 votes.
Dusty now has 27 votes, Dangerfield leading with 28 but is ineligible.
Tom Mitchell on 21.
This is a bit tighter than expected.
ROUND 18 – v GWS Giants: 31 touches and a goal in a win. 3 votes for Dusty.
ROUND 17 – 40 touches and 2 goals in a win over Brisbane. Here comes more votes for Dusty.
Yep 3 for Dusty.
Dangerfield up to 25, Dusty has 21.
Dangerfield is ineligible though.
ROUND 16 – v St Kilda: One of Dusty’s quieter games, just the 19 touches. That was a shocker of a night for the Tigers. Looked anything but a grand final team that night.
Round 15 – v Port Adelaide: 36 touches and 2 goals in a Tigers win. 3 votes for Dusty. He has 21 votes, Patty Dangerfield on 22.
14 rounds done and Dusty has polled in 8 games, including five three votes.
We are live down here at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve. It’s where Dusty played his first senior game of footy in round one, 2008 against Gisborne.
14 rounds gone, Patty Dangerfield has 19 votes, Dusty has 18.
Dangerfield is ineligible.
ROUND 14 – v Carlton: 30 touches and 1 goal in a Tigers win. 1 vote for Dusty. He’s up to 18.
ROUND 13 – no votes v Sydney. Dusty had 23 and kicked 2 against the Swans.
Dusty has just picked up three consecutive best on grounds to take outright lead with 17.
ROUND 11 – v North Melbourne. 38 touches and two goals for Dusty in a win. 3 votes for Dusty. He has 17 and is in front. Surely he stays in front from here.
Dusty Martin’s aunty giving her phone a recharge. Suspect it’s probably running hot tonight.
Over the first 10 rounds Dusty has polled 6 games, including four best on grounds.
ROUND 10 – v Essendon: 30 touches and 1 goal for Dusty as Tigers ended a 4-game losing streak. 3 votes for Dusty. He is joint leader with Rory Sloane on 14 votes.
ROUND 9 – v GWS Giants: The Tigers got beat this day. Dusty had 35 touches and kicked 2 goals. 3 votes for Dusty. He is up to 11.
ROUND 8 – v Fremantle: no votes for Dusty in the game David Mundy kicked the goal after the siren to win it for the Dockers. 8 votes still for Dusty, Sloane out in front on 12.
Adelaide’s Rory Sloane up and about. He has 12 votes. Dusty on 8. Joel Selwood polling well.
ROUND 7 – v Western Bulldogs. Dusty 28 touches, 0 goals in a defeat. 1 vote for Dusty, he is up to 8.
ROUND 6 – v Adelaide. 25 touches, 1 goal for Dusty – 0 votes. Tigers belted by 76 points that day.
Going to be a nice little Monday night earn for Castlemaine. Good crowd in at the Camp cheering on Dusty.
5 rounds in, 7 votes for Dusty. Joel Selwood joint leader with 9.
ROUND 5 – Dusty picks up 1 vote against Melbourne. Dusty has 7, but it’s another Bendigo Pioneer Joel Selwood who is joint leader on 9 votes.
ROUND 4 – v Brisbane: 0 votes for Dusty. He still on 6 after 4 rounds.
Dusty Martin and Joel Selwood 6 votes each. A couple of ex Pioneers at top of leaderboard after 3 rounds.
ROUND 3 – v West Coast: 3 votes for Dusty. Big cheer from the crowd again. Dusty had 40 and kicked 2 against the Eagles.
ROUND 2 – no votes for Dusty against Collingwood. Dusty had 25 and kicked 2 goals that game.
ROUND 1 – 3 votes for Dusty v Carlton, accompanied by a cheer from the Castlemaine crowd.
8:23 – Getting set to go here for the Brownlow.
7:52 – Dustin Martin got plenty of family watching on down here at Castlemaine. One of them is his cousin Jed.
7:30 – Good crowd building here at Castlemaine. It’s going to be a big night here if Dusty can get up and win the Brownlow.
FORMER Campbells Creek, Castlemaine and Bendigo Pioneer star Dustin Martin is the red-hot favourite to win the Brownlow Medal tonight.
The Addy will be in Castlemaine tonight in what shapes as a massive night for the town.
One of the town’s functions will be at Campbells Creek’s Five Flags Hotel.