Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes believes Geelong‘s Jeremy Cameron can be the first forward to win the Brownlow Medal since goal-kicking champion Tony Lockett in 1987.
Cameron was the standout in a beaten Cats side on Thursday night, with 25 disposals, eight marks, 592-metres gained and a game-high six goals.
While discussing Cameron’s performance, Cornes wondered whether the 29-year-old could win the Brownlow Medal this year.
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“I’m hoping that the umpires, for the first time, are going to start to recognise players that don’t play in the midfield,” he told SEN’s Fireball Friday.
“Jeremy Cameron is capable – provided that the umpires recognise players that don’t play in the midfield this year – and hopefully they do look at everyone.”
Cameron was equal eighth in last year’s Brownlow Medal, finishing with 19 votes – 10 behind winner Patrick Cripps.
Despite Geelong going down to Carlton by eight points, Cornes believed Cameron deserved the three votes for his effort.
”I couldn’t believe the amount of ground he was covering,” he said.
When challenged by co-host David King, who suggested forward Charlie Curnow would be the top vote-getter from the clash, Cornes was adamant that Cameron would “have to get three”.
Cornes posed to King that the 10 votes from the AFL Coaches Association for the league’s Champion Player Award would go to Cameron, claiming that honour to be a “more accurate” reflection of the game’s best player.
In the end, King agreed with Cornes.
”I thought he was the best player in the comp last year,” he said.
“You get laughed at when you say these things but his kicking is different.
“Have you ever seen a player snap the ball with such ferocity from a set shot and have a bend – it bends in the middle every time.
“It’s beautiful isn’t it?”
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