‘Fairest’ may be bumped off

Is it time to reconsider the Brownlow Medal rules? Picture: Getty Images
Is it time to reconsider the Brownlow Medal rules? Picture: Getty Images

The stance is defended by no less than one of WA’s own in 1985 Brownlow winner Brad Hardie.

But given the debate about Fremantle utility Nat Fyfe’s ineligibility for the award after receiving a two-game ban for a round two bump, is it time to reconsider?

With the amount of change in the game and the intense on-field scrutiny players are under since the award was first given 90 years ago, prominent football writer Patrick Smith believes the ‘fairest’ part of the award is antiquated and should be scrapped.

He’s not alone, with former Richmond star Kevin Bartlett arguing that suspension during the season is punishment enough.

An AFL official in Perth last week didn’t foresee any change to the medal rules of eligibility.

Nevertheless, the league may have to look seriously at it if enough fans call for change and Fyfe, a fair player, is atop the Brownlow Medal count at night’s end later this season.