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Inside Lachie Neale’s incredible rise to Brownlow Medal glory as he wins AFL’s best and fairest

Lachie Neale’s Brownlow Medal victory marks a remarkable rise from a teenager who a decade ago was playing youth footy in a tiny farming town with a population of little more than 100 people.

The Brisbane Lions midfielder – a $1.25 favourite to be crowned the AFL’s best and fairest before Sunday night’s ceremony – took an unassailable lead with two rounds remaining in the virtual count to finish with 31 votes.

Neale left his wife Julie in tears after revealing the sacrifices she had made for him – having sold a successful beauty salon in Perth to follow him to Brisbane.

‘My wife Jules, she’s an amazing human being,’ he said. 

‘Not many people probably know but she owned a salon in Perth before we decided to move to Brisbane. She had to sell that to come over here and follow my dreams.

‘She was doing very well for herself over there but she always puts me ahead of herself when she shouldn’t have to.

‘She’s the most selfless person I know and my biggest support, so thank you very much Jules. I love you.’ 

Neale grew up in Kybybolite – a town 340km south-east of Adelaide without a school or railway line and largely glued together by the footy club where the 27-year-old first played the sport competitively.

Lachie Neale of the Lions poses with his wife Julie at the Gabba after winning the Brownlow Medal on Sunday night. The midfielder’s crown represents a remarkable rise for a player whose youth footy career began in a tiny farming town in rural South Australia

Neale pictured with Julie. He revealed on Sunday night she sold a successful beauty salon in Perth to follow him to Brisbane for his football career

Neale pictured with Julie. He revealed on Sunday night she sold a successful beauty salon in Perth to follow him to Brisbane for his football career

‘Apart from a few dozen houses all that’s left in the town is the footy club and the CFS [Country Fire Service] shed,’ Neale’s Kybybolite Tigers under-17 coach Andrew Shepherd told News Corp.

‘And without the footy club the town just about doesn’t exist.’ 

Neale – who played six seasons for the Fremantle Dockers before being traded to Brisbane at the end of the 2018 season – still has a close connection to his tiny home town.

He even returned home during the coronavirus pandemic to work on the family farm while the AFL season was paused.  

Along with his wife, Neale drove 2,000km before the South Australian borders closed to make it home, spending his time fishing before his return to the game.  

Neale was drafted to the Dockers in 2012 but thrived at his new club, earning an All-Australian selection in 2019 before taking out the Brownlow in 2020, with seven best on-ground efforts in the opening 11 rounds of the competition.

Neale kisses his Brownlow Medal as he celebrates being named the AFL's best and fairest on Sunday

Neale kisses his Brownlow Medal as he celebrates being named the AFL’s best and fairest on Sunday

Lachie and Julie Neale. The footy star left Julie in tears during his acceptance speech on Sunday night

Lachie and Julie Neale. The footy star left Julie in tears during his acceptance speech on Sunday night

Neale poses with the AFL Players Association Most Valuable Player award in September. He earned an All-Australian selection in 2019 and has thrived at the Lions after starting his career in the league at the Fremantle Dockers

Neale poses with the AFL Players Association Most Valuable Player award in September. He earned an All-Australian selection in 2019 and has thrived at the Lions after starting his career in the league at the Fremantle Dockers

Pictured: The tiny farming town Kybybolite where the Brownlow Medal winner grew up

Pictured: The tiny farming town Kybybolite where the Brownlow Medal winner grew up

The AFL star’s former youth teammate Jack Trengove said Neale had shown determination to go from his humble beginnings to the success he has achieved in his professional career.

‘To think back now to all those Thursday nights when we’d be out there kicking the footy until the lights went out… if you think back to where it all started it’s an incredible effort,’ Trengrove said.  

The Brownlow Medal was very different this year due to COVID-19, with no main ceremony as players and their partners gathered at dinners being held remotely around the country.  

Neale played six seasons for the Dockers before being traded to Brisbane at the end of the 2018 season

Neale played six seasons for the Dockers before being traded to Brisbane at the end of the 2018 season

BROWNLOW TOP TEN:

1 – Lachie Neale

2 – Travis Boak

3 – Christian Petracca

4 – Jack Steele

5 – Patrick Dangerfield

6 – Dustin Martin

7 – Jack Macrae

8 – Luke Parker

9 – Cameron Guthrie

10 – Clayton Oliver 

The league’s star names came together at a variety of socially-distanced functions around the country – including Optus Stadium in Perth, Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium and the Adelaide Oval. 

Masked-up AFL players and their partners in Melbourne had a very different experience of the league’s ‘virtual’ Brownlow Medal count than their counterparts elsewhere in Australia.  

At Melbourne’s designated venue, proceedings took on a more depressing tone as players wore face masks as are still mandated in public in the Victorian capital.

Darcy Parish of the Essendon Bombers and Hawthorn’s Jack Gunston were both pictured undertaking temperature checks, while face coverings were widespread inside the function room.

Face masks were nowhere to be seen in Adelaide as players such as Jack Viney of the Demons enjoyed a canape.

The event in Perth appeared to have a more upbeat tone too as drinks flowed at the pre-count reception.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan also addressed the Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium without a mask.     

Neale pictured right in a social media post from 2013. His former youth teammate Jack Trengove paid tribute to the determination Neale has shown to achieve the professional success he has from such humble beginnings

Neale pictured right in a social media post from 2013. His former youth teammate Jack Trengove paid tribute to the determination Neale has shown to achieve the professional success he has from such humble beginnings

Neale and his wife Julie had made a glamorous entrance at The AFL Brownlow Medal ceremony in Brisbane on Saturday

Neale and his wife Julie had made a glamorous entrance at The AFL Brownlow Medal ceremony in Brisbane on Saturday

Wow! Lachie's wife Julie throughout

Wow! Lachie’s wife Julie opted for racy sheer frock with a hip-high split and glittering embellishments throughout for the event

Sombre scenes: Josh Daicos of the Collingwood Magpies looks on wearing a mask during the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count at NEP Studios Southbank in Melbourne

Sombre scenes: Josh Daicos of the Collingwood Magpies looks on wearing a mask during the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count at NEP Studios Southbank in Melbourne

Masks all around: Players wait for the count to start during the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count.  Face masks as are still mandated in public in the Victorian capital

Masks all around: Players wait for the count to start during the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count.  Face masks as are still mandated in public in the Victorian capital

Despite his landslide victory, Neale was sombre through the early stages of the night following the Lions’ heartbreaking loss to the Geelong Cats on Saturday which ended his season.

‘It’s exciting but I’m still feeling the effects of last night,’ Neale said.

‘It was disappointing. I felt like we didn’t play our best footy at all and full credit to Geelong. They played and deserved to win quite comfortably in the end. 

‘In a weird way, I’m still pretty flat but I know what a big occasion this is.’  

Neale beat runner-up Port Adelaide's Travis Boak by ten points to claim the prestigious award

Neale beat runner-up Port Adelaide’s Travis Boak by ten points to claim the prestigious award

Julie Neale was left in tears during Lachie's acceptance speech, calling his wife the most selfless person he knows

Julie Neale was left in tears during Lachie’s acceptance speech, calling his wife the most selfless person he knows

Neale said in his acceptance speech: ‘To the footy club, the staff and the coaching staff, I think we’ve done such a great job. I’m so thankful to be part of the organisation. This award is for the club and the playing group. 

‘You have to be in a pretty successful side and win a lot of games to achieve this and I thank my teammates tremendously for all their work.

‘I’m really proud to run out with them each and every week. 

‘There are so many people throughout my life who have helped me for a very long time. My mum Amanda, she has done so much for me and so much for my siblings. Same for my dad Robbie. I can honestly say now he is one of my best mates.’  

Neale in action for the Lions during their preliminary final loss to Geelong at The Gabba on Saturday

Neale in action for the Lions during their preliminary final loss to Geelong at The Gabba on Saturday

Neale during a Brisbane Lions AFL training session at Moreton Bay on October 10

Neale during a Brisbane Lions AFL training session at Moreton Bay on October 10

Neale is hugged by fellow Lions teammate Dayne Zorko after winning the Brownlow on Sunday

Neale is hugged by fellow Lions teammate Dayne Zorko after winning the Brownlow on Sunday

Neale and his wife Julie made a glamorous entrance at the AFL Brownlow Medal ceremony in Brisbane on Sunday

Neale and his wife Julie made a glamorous entrance at the AFL Brownlow Medal ceremony in Brisbane on Sunday

Neale looks downcast as he watches on during the Brownlow Award ceremony on Sunday

Neale looks downcast as he watches on during the Brownlow Award ceremony on Sunday

Even though there was no red carpet, the WAGS still grasped the chance to indulge in some glamour after months of few social opportunities due to lockdown. 

Neale and wife Julie made a glamorous entrance.

Julie opted for racy sheer frock with a hip-high split and glittering embellishments throughout.

Underneath, she wore a pair of nude underwear which showcased her slim pins to their full extent.

Chic: Lachie looked smart in a navy blue suit with a white shirt and patterned tie

Chic: Lachie looked smart in a navy blue suit with a white shirt and patterned tie

She carried a silver clutch, wore clear heels and opted for a soft pink makeup palette, her blonde hair down in waves.

Lachie looked smart in a navy blue suit with a white shirt and patterned tie.

Also turning heads were Isabella Beischer, the partner of Melbourne’s Christian Petracca in all white, Rebecca Lauren – accompanying GWS star Stephen Coniglio – in an all black outfit, Lucy Gilkes, the partner of GWS’ Josh Kelly and Rachel Newett, who attended with Essendon’s Jordan Ridley.

Callum Mills of the Sydney Swans arrived with partner Tiffany Browne who looked stunning in a vintage-style pink, satin frock.

Think pink: Callum Mills of the Sydney Swans arrived with partner Tiffany Browne who looked stunning in a vintage-style pink, satin frock. Callum chose a navy blue checked suit, open to a white dress shirt, and skipped a tie

Think pink: Callum Mills of the Sydney Swans arrived with partner Tiffany Browne who looked stunning in a vintage-style pink, satin frock. Callum chose a navy blue checked suit, open to a white dress shirt, and skipped a tie

Retro: The old Hollywood style dress featured bell sleeves and a v-neck cut that showed off the beauty's ample assets

Retro: The old Hollywood style dress featured bell sleeves and a v-neck cut that showed off the beauty’s ample assets

The old Hollywood style dress featured long bell sleeves and a v-neck cut that showed off the beauty’s ample assets.

She opted for a soft makeup look while wearing her brunette locks off her face, and nude heels to finish the ensemble.

Callum chose a navy blue checked suit, open to a white dress shirt, and skipped a tie.

Jake Lloyd of the Sydney Swans and his partner Zoe Heard made a chic pair, with Jake choosing a slim-fit black suit and satin tie.

All bright: Jake Lloyd of the Sydney Swans and his partner Zoe Heard made a chic pair, with Jake choosing a slim-fit black suit and satin tie

All bright: Jake Lloyd of the Sydney Swans and his partner Zoe Heard made a chic pair, with Jake choosing a slim-fit black suit and satin tie

Arty: Zoe opted for an artistic abstract dress in bright block colours, that clung to her slim frame, while wearing her hair in a half-up do

Arty: Zoe opted for an artistic abstract dress in bright block colours, that clung to her slim frame, while wearing her hair in a half-up do

Zoe opted for an artistic abstract dress in bright block colours, that clung to her slim frame, while wearing her hair in a half-up do.

She paired the dress with an equally bright bag and heels with chunky straps, while opting for a nude makeup look.

Charlie Cameron of the Lions and his partner Caitlin Seeto made a chic entrance in sophisticated looks, with Charlie wearing a black velvet tuxedo and bow tie.

Caitlin looked stunning in a black satin gown with a thigh-high split and diamonte detailing, while holding a silver clutch and finishing the ensemble with strappy heels.

She wore her hair slicked back off her face, and oped for a pink lip and dainty earrings.

Cool couple: Charlie Cameron of the Lions and his partner Caitlin Seeto made a chic entrance in sophisticated looks, with Charlie wearing a black velvet tuxedo and bow tie

Cool couple: Charlie Cameron of the Lions and his partner Caitlin Seeto made a chic entrance in sophisticated looks, with Charlie wearing a black velvet tuxedo and bow tie

What a pair: Melbourne player Christian Petracca took along partner Isabella Beischer, who chose a skin-tight while frock that showed off her slim physique

What a pair: Melbourne player Christian Petracca took along partner Isabella Beischer, who chose a skin-tight while frock that showed off her slim physique

Melbourne player Christian Petracca took along partner Isabella Beischer, who chose a skin-tight while frock that showed off her slim physique.

She added matching details with white fingernail and toenail polish, shoulder bag and square heels with delicate straps.

Christian looked handsome in a three-piece navy suit with an ivory satin tie and white dress shirt.

The Giants Josh Kelly looked dapper in a modern suit with dotted tie, pocket square and a chunky watch, while his partner Lucy Gilkes opted for a baby blue gown.

The tight dress showed off her figure, and the beauty opted for white heels and gold accessories.

She chose a bronzed makeup palette, with highlighted cheeks and coral lipstick, while wearing her brunette hair off her face in a ponytail.

Feeling blue: The Giants Josh Kelly looked dapper in a modern suit with dotted tie, pocket square and a chunky watch, while his partner Lucy Gilkes opted for a baby blue gown

Feeling blue: The Giants Josh Kelly looked dapper in a modern suit with dotted tie, pocket square and a chunky watch, while his partner Lucy Gilkes opted for a baby blue gown

Shining star: The tight dress showed off her figure, and the beauty opted for white heels and gold accessories

Shining star: The tight dress showed off her figure, and the beauty opted for white heels and gold accessories

Jordan Ridley of the Bombers and his partner Rachel Mewett brought some brightness to the occasion with Rachel picking a bright yellow, satin gown. 

She paired it with blingy statement earrings, a glittering clutch and wore her blonde hair down around her shoulders, while choosing smoky eyeshadow and pink lips. 

Jordan looked smart in a dark blue suit worn with a bow tie pocket square and white dress shirt.  

Dapper: Jordan Ridley looked smart in a dark blue suit worn with a bow tie pocket square and white dress shirt

Dapper: Jordan Ridley looked smart in a dark blue suit worn with a bow tie pocket square and white dress shirt

Stephen Coniglio of the Giants and partner Rebecca Lauren were clearly up for a fun night, posing in a number of adorable photos upon arrival. 

Rebecca donned a casually high-fashion look wearing a sleeveless top with flared pants, while styling her hair half-up with a chunky satin headband. 

She carried a Dior bag, wore a scattering of gold accessories, black nail polish, and chose a smoky eye makeup look with a pink lip. 

Fash pack: Stephen Coniglio of the Giants with partner Rebecca Lauren. She carried a Dior bag, wore a scattering of gold accessories, black nail polish, and chose a smoky eye makeup look with a pink lip

Fash pack: Stephen Coniglio of the Giants with partner Rebecca Lauren. She carried a Dior bag, wore a scattering of gold accessories, black nail polish, and chose a smoky eye makeup look with a pink lip

Jarryd Lyons of the Lions and his partner Savahna Lyons posed up a storm, with Jarryd wearing a blue suit with a mauve tie and pocket square that matched Savahna’s dress. 

Savahna wore a violet dress that sat off the shoulders, and featured extra long sleeves, with her blonde hair down around her face. 

The dress had a thigh-high split that showed off her slim legs and for makeup, she chose a pale pink lipstick and rosy cheeks.  

Matching: Jarryd Lyons of the Lions and his partner Savahna Lyons posed up a storm, with Jarryd wearing a blue suit wit ha mauve tie and pocket square that matched Savahna's dress

Matching: Jarryd Lyons of the Lions and his partner Savahna Lyons posed up a storm, with Jarryd wearing a blue suit wit ha mauve tie and pocket square that matched Savahna’s dress

Wow factor: Savahna wore a violet dress that sat off the shoulders, and featured extra long sleeves, and a thigh-high split that showed off her slim legs

Wow factor: Savahna wore a violet dress that sat off the shoulders, and featured extra long sleeves, and a thigh-high split that showed off her slim legs

Jack Crisp of the Magpies and his wife Mikayla Crisp made a head-turning entrance with Jack in a black suit with a patterned tie. 

Mikayla couldn’t be ignored in a white, off the shoulder gown that had a long train and a thigh-high split. 

She wore her long, blonde hair down and carried a white, square clutch, finishing the ensemble with pointed white heels.  

Black and white: Jack Crisp of the Magpies and his wife Mikayla Crisp made a head-turning entrance with Jack in a black suit with a patterned tie

Black and white: Jack Crisp of the Magpies and his wife Mikayla Crisp made a head-turning entrance with Jack in a black suit with a patterned tie

Mikayla couldn't be ignored in a white, off the shoulder gown that had a long train and a thigh-high split

Mikayla couldn’t be ignored in a white, off the shoulder gown that had a long train and a thigh-high split

Toby Greene of the Giants and partner Georgia Stirton also went for a black and white look, with Toby in a black suit with a pink satin tie. 

Georgia chose a fitted white dress with cut-outs that showed off a hint of skin, white carrying a smart black clutch with matching strappy black heels. 

She added statement earrings with pearl accents and chose a deep pink lipstick with a satin finish, while wearing her strawberry blonde hair straight and down.  

Good looking! Toby Greene of the Giants and partner Georgia Stirton also went for a black and white look, with Toby in a black suit with a pink satin tie

Good looking! Toby Greene of the Giants and partner Georgia Stirton also went for a black and white look, with Toby in a black suit with a pink satin tie

Peek: Georgia chose a fitted white dress with cut-outs that showed off a hint of skin, white carrying a smart black clutch with matching strappy black heels

Peek: Georgia chose a fitted white dress with cut-outs that showed off a hint of skin, white carrying a smart black clutch with matching strappy black heels

Pretty: She added statement earrings with pearl accents and chose a deep pink lipstick with a satin finish, while wearing her strawberry blonde hair straight and down

Pretty: She added statement earrings with pearl accents and chose a deep pink lipstick with a satin finish, while wearing her strawberry blonde hair straight and down

Luke Parker of the Swans and partner Kate Lawrence were eye-catching, with Kate wearing a burnt orange dress in a metallic finish with soft layers and a belted waist. 

She wore her hair off her face in a bun and added a pair of hoop earrings, as well as donning a hair of towering black stilletos. 

Luke looked dapper in a black suit open to a white shirt sans tie and a pair of brown dress shoes.  

Bright: Luke Parker of the Swans and partner Kate Lawrence were eye-catching on the night. Luke looked dapper in a black suit open to a white shirt sans tie and a brown dress shoes

Bright: Luke Parker of the Swans and partner Kate Lawrence were eye-catching on the night. Luke looked dapper in a black suit open to a white shirt sans tie and a brown dress shoes

High fashion: Kate was wearing a burnt orange dress in a metallic finish with soft layers and a belted waist

High fashion: Kate was wearing a burnt orange dress in a metallic finish with soft layers and a belted waist

Glam: She wore her hair off her face in a bun and added a pair of hoop earrings

Glam: She wore her hair off her face in a bun and added a pair of hoop earrings

Dayne Zorko of the Lions and his partner Talia Demarco made a classy pair with Dayne in a fitted black tux. 

Talia looked very old Hollywood in a crochet black, halterneck dress and her hair pinned to the side with a jewelled clip. 

She added a number of dainty accessories and carried a glittering clutch while opting for a pink-based makeup palette.  

All class: Dayne Zorko of the Lions and his partner Talia Demarco made a classy pair with Dayne in a fitted black tux

All class: Dayne Zorko of the Lions and his partner Talia Demarco made a classy pair with Dayne in a fitted black tux

Taylor Adams of the Magpies and his partner Ellie Thornycroft made a fine pair with Taylor wearing a velvet tux with a chunky watch.

Ellie glowed in a sleeves yellow dress with flared skit and thigh-high split, while carrying a beaded handbag, along with silver heels. 

She wore her hair straight and down, adding a pair of glittering earrings and choosing a soft makeup look. 

Ready for fun: Taylor Adams of the Magpies and his partner Ellie Thornycroft made a fine pair with Taylor wearing a velvet tux with a chunky watch

Ready for fun: Taylor Adams of the Magpies and his partner Ellie Thornycroft made a fine pair with Taylor wearing a velvet tux with a chunky watch

Classy: Ellie glowed in a sleeves yellow dress with flared skit and thigh-high split, while carrying a beaded handbag, along with silver heels

Classy: Ellie glowed in a sleeves yellow dress with flared skit and thigh-high split, while carrying a beaded handbag, along with silver heels

Harris Andrews of the Lions and his partner Emily Halverson looked incredibly chic, with Harris wearing a blue suit with a gold and polka dot pocket square. 

Emily wore a sheer blouse with dot detailing and a pussy bow at the neckline, to which she added high-wasited pants. 

She had her blonde hair in a half-up do with soft tendrils around her peachy face and carried a silver clutch bag.  

Hip cats: Harris Andrews of the Lions and his partner Emily Halverson looked incredibly chic, with Harris wearing a blue suit with a gold and polka dot pocket square

Hip cats: Harris Andrews of the Lions and his partner Emily Halverson looked incredibly chic, with Harris wearing a blue suit with a gold and polka dot pocket square

Simply chic: Emily wore a sheer blouse with dot detailing and a pussy bow at the neckline, to which she added high-wasited pants

Simply chic: Emily wore a sheer blouse with dot detailing and a pussy bow at the neckline, to which she added high-wasited pants

Brayden Maynard of the Magpies and his partner Ashlee Browning brought the glamour with Ashlee dressed to the nines in a beaded gown with a sheer base. 

It featured pearls along the sleeves, and she carried a matching purse, while wearing her blonde hair in a half-up do, and adding dainty black and white heels. 

Brayden chose a fitted tux with a black bowtie, white shirt and snakeskin dress shoes in patent black.  

To the nines: Brayden Maynard of the Magpies and his partner Ashlee Browning brought the glamour with Ashlee dressed to the nines in a beaded gown with a sheer base

To the nines: Brayden Maynard of the Magpies and his partner Ashlee Browning brought the glamour with Ashlee dressed to the nines in a beaded gown with a sheer base

Jewell of the sea: It featured pearls along the sleeves, and she carried a matching purse

Jewell of the sea: It featured pearls along the sleeves, and she carried a matching purse

Gorgeous! She wore her blonde hair in a half-up do, and adding dainty black and white heels

Gorgeous! She wore her blonde hair in a half-up do, and adding dainty black and white heels

Carlton star Patrick Cripps came along in a velvet tux and his arm in a sling, while his partner Monique Fontana turned heads in a white satin slip dress that showed off her slim pins. 

West Coast Eagles player Brad Sheppard and partner Ellen Taylor-Hawkins looked glam with Ellen wearing a fitted, art deco inspired gown with fine gold sequins.  

Another West Coast Eagles star, Tim Kelly, went along with wife Cailtin Miller who donned a gathered navy blue satin gown and carried a pale clutch. 

Stars: Carlton star Patrick Cripps came along in a velvet tux and his arm in a sling, while his partner Monique Fontana turned heads in a white satin slip dress that showed off her slim pins

Stars: Carlton star Patrick Cripps came along in a velvet tux and his arm in a sling, while his partner Monique Fontana turned heads in a white satin slip dress that showed off her slim pins

All that glitters: West Coast Eagles player Brad Sheppard and partner Ellen Taylor-Hawkins looked glam with Ellen wearing a fitted, art deco inspired gown with fine gold sequins

All that glitters: West Coast Eagles player Brad Sheppard and partner Ellen Taylor-Hawkins looked glam with Ellen wearing a fitted, art deco inspired gown with fine gold sequins

Sultry: Another West Coast Eagles star, Tim Kelly, went along with wife Cailtin Miller who donned a gathered navy blue satin gown and carried a pale clutch

Sultry: Another West Coast Eagles star, Tim Kelly, went along with wife Cailtin Miller who donned a gathered navy blue satin gown and carried a pale clutch

Luke Shuey of the West Coast Eagles and wife Danielle Shuey posed up a storm, with stunning Danielle showing off her baby bump in a metallic orange, pleated frock. 

Fremantle star Adam Cerra and partner Claudia Piva looked classy with Adam in a grey suit and Claudia in a floor-length, sleeveless dress with a crackle pattern. 

Andrew Gaff of the West Coast Eagles and partner Emma Van Woerden looked ready for a fun night with Andrew in a bright blue suit and Emma opting for a satin, mauve gown with a high neckline, an asymmetric hem and pleating. 

Lucky couple: Luke Shuey of the West Coast Eagles and wife Danielle Shuey posed up a storm, with stunning Danielle showing off her baby bump in a metallic orange, pleated frock

Lucky couple: Luke Shuey of the West Coast Eagles and wife Danielle Shuey posed up a storm, with stunning Danielle showing off her baby bump in a metallic orange, pleated frock

Trendy: Fremantle star Adam Cerra and partner Claudia Piva looked classy with Adam in a grey suit and Claudia in a floor-length, sleeveless dress with a crackle pattern

Trendy: Fremantle star Adam Cerra and partner Claudia Piva looked classy with Adam in a grey suit and Claudia in a floor-length, sleeveless dress with a crackle pattern

Fun duo: Andrew Gaff of the West Coast Eagles and partner Emma Van Woerden looked ready for a fun night with Andrew in a bright blue suit and Emma opting for a satin, mauve gown with a high neckline, an asymmetric hem and pleating

Fun duo: Andrew Gaff of the West Coast Eagles and partner Emma Van Woerden looked ready for a fun night with Andrew in a bright blue suit and Emma opting for a satin, mauve gown with a high neckline, an asymmetric hem and pleating

West Coast Eagles player Andrew Brayshaw and partner Lizzie Stock made for a glam duo, with Andrew in a grew suit and Lizzie in a daring, beaded gown that showed off a hint of cleavage, as well as a thigh-high split that showed off her slim pins.  

Nic Naitanui of the West Coast Eagles and partner Brittany Brown turned heads with Nic in a very trendy checked suit worn with white sneakers, and Brittany in a plunging navy frock with a racy split that showed off her legs. 

Fremantle player David Mundy and his wife Sally Mundy were also in attendance, David looking dapper in a slim-fit black tuxedo while Sally chose a romantic, floaty, off the shoulder gown with a floral print. 

Romantic: West Coast Eagles player Andrew Brayshaw and partner Lizzie Stock made for a glam duo, with Andrew in a grew suit and Lizzie in a daring, beaded gown that showed off a hint of cleavage, as well as a thigh-high split that showed off her slim pins

Romantic: West Coast Eagles player Andrew Brayshaw and partner Lizzie Stock made for a glam duo, with Andrew in a grew suit and Lizzie in a daring, beaded gown that showed off a hint of cleavage, as well as a thigh-high split that showed off her slim pins

Hot couple: Nic Naitanui of the West Coast Eagles and partner Brittany Brown turned heads with Nic in a very trendy checked suit worn with white sneakers, and Brittany in a plunging navy frock with a racy split that showed off her legs

Hot couple: Nic Naitanui of the West Coast Eagles and partner Brittany Brown turned heads with Nic in a very trendy checked suit worn with white sneakers, and Brittany in a plunging navy frock with a racy split that showed off her legs

Spring has sprung: Fremantle player David Mundy and his wife Sally Mundy were also in attendance, David looking dapper in a slim-fit black tuxedo while Sally chose a romantic, floaty, off the shoulder gown with a floral print

Spring has sprung: Fremantle player David Mundy and his wife Sally Mundy were also in attendance, David looking dapper in a slim-fit black tuxedo while Sally chose a romantic, floaty, off the shoulder gown with a floral print

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats and his wife Mardi were seen arriving outside, with Mardi unable to be missed in a stunning, shocking pink gown, while Patrick was a cool customer in a off-white suit with striped shirt and brown loafers. 

Joel Selwood of the Cats and wife Brit were meanwhile all smiles as they made their entry, Brit looking gorgeous as she showed off her petite figure in a strappy black dress with cut-outs, and Joel picking a blue suit and white trainers. 

Steven May of the Demons and is partner Briana looked brilliant with Steven in a checked blue suit with a floral tie, while Briana opted for a black evening gown with a plunging neckline and a cutout showing a hint of skin. 

Pretty in pink: Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats and his wife Mardi were seen arriving outside, with Mardi unable to be missed in a stunning, shocking pink gown, while Patrick was a cool customer in a off-white suit with striped shirt and brown loafers

Pretty in pink: Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats and his wife Mardi were seen arriving outside, with Mardi unable to be missed in a stunning, shocking pink gown, while Patrick was a cool customer in a off-white suit with striped shirt and brown loafers 

Casually trendy: Joel Selwood of the Cats and wife Brit were meanwhile all smiles as they made their entry, Brit looking gorgeous as she showed off her petite figure in a strappy black dress with cut-outs, and Joel picking a blue suit and white trainers

Casually trendy: Joel Selwood of the Cats and wife Brit were meanwhile all smiles as they made their entry, Brit looking gorgeous as she showed off her petite figure in a strappy black dress with cut-outs, and Joel picking a blue suit and white trainers

Party people: Steven May of the Demons and is partner Briana looked brilliant with Steven in a checked blue suit with a floral tie, while Briana opted for a black evening gown with a plunging neckline and a cutout showing a hint of skin

Party people: Steven May of the Demons and is partner Briana looked brilliant with Steven in a checked blue suit with a floral tie, while Briana opted for a black evening gown with a plunging neckline and a cutout showing a hint of skin

Back to the future: Jack Martin of the Blues and partner Brittany were channelling the 1950s, with Brittany giving off Marilyn Monroe vibes in her white, vintage-style gown, her blonde hair in retro waves and bright red lipstick, and Jack in a slim grey suit with a bow tie

Back to the future: Jack Martin of the Blues and partner Brittany were channelling the 1950s, with Brittany giving off Marilyn Monroe vibes in her white, vintage-style gown, her blonde hair in retro waves and bright red lipstick, and Jack in a slim grey suit with a bow tie

Blooming lovely: Sam Menegola of the Cats and his guest looked ready for a fun night, with his gorgeous pal dressed in a high-fashion floral frock with a thigh-high split

Blooming lovely: Sam Menegola of the Cats and his guest looked ready for a fun night, with his gorgeous pal dressed in a high-fashion floral frock with a thigh-high split

All class: Dan Butler of the Saints and partner Sarah also chose trendy black ensembles, Sarah carrying a glittering barrel clutch and wearing a fitted off the shoulder gown with a split

All class: Dan Butler of the Saints and partner Sarah also chose trendy black ensembles, Sarah carrying a glittering barrel clutch and wearing a fitted off the shoulder gown with a split 

The cool kids: Tom Hawkins of the Cats and wife Emma Hawkins, Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats and wife Mardi Dangerfield and Joel Selwood of the Cats and wife Brit Selwood arriving during the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast

The cool kids: Tom Hawkins of the Cats and wife Emma Hawkins, Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats and wife Mardi Dangerfield and Joel Selwood of the Cats and wife Brit Selwood arriving during the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast

Jack Martin of the Blues and partner Brittany were channelling the 1950s, with Brittany giving off Marilyn Monroe vibes in her white, vintage-style gown, her blonde hair in retro waves and bright red lipstick, and Jack in a slim grey suit with a bow tie.

Sam Menegola of the Cats and his guest looked ready for a fun night, with his gorgeous pal dressed in a high-fashion floral frock with a thigh-high split.  

Dan Butler of the Saints and partner Sarah also chose trendy black ensembles, Sarah carrying a glittering barrel clutch and wearing a fitted off the shoulder gown with a thigh-high split and her hair pulled off her face in a tight bun. 

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