The 2021 Doig Medal Presentation Dinner will be held on Saturday 2 October from the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth.
The sold-out event will also be streamed live on fremantlefc.com.au, including a special Doig Medal edition of Old Bull Young Buck with David Mundy, Griffin Logue and special guest Justin Longmuir.
In the lead up, fremantlefc.com.au will be running through the players who stand the best chance to win the award, starting with Andrew Brayshaw.
Best Doig Medal finishes
Third: 2020 (tied with Adam Cerra and David Mundy)
R1 v Melbourne (2)
R2 v GWS (8)
R5 v Adelaide (4)
R12 v Western Bulldogs (4)
R13 v Gold Coast (2)
R15 v Collingwood (1)
R16 v Carlton (4)
R20 v Richmond (10)
With more midfield time in 2021, the 21-year-old was one of Fremantle’s most consistent performers. After averaging 15.9, 16.9 and 19.9 disposals in his first three seasons, Brayshaw averaged 28.4 touches per game in 2021, three disposals more per game than any other Fremantle player. He also ranked no.1 for tackles and second for marks. His 39 disposals and 12 tackles against Richmond in round 20 highlighted his efforts, willing Fremantle over the line late in the clash with two clearances in the final minute. Brayshaw was named vice-captain of the AFLPA 22under22 team at season’s end.
In the AFL Coaches Association voting, Brayshaw polled 35 votes in eight games, the third most out of any Fremantle player. His 10 Brownlow Medal votes was second behind only David Mundy.
Andrew Brayshaw smashed his career-best disposal count with 39 touches against Richmond, making it only the second time a Fremantle player aged 21 or younger had more than 38 disposals in a game.
As well as his disposals, Brayshaw’s 12 tackles, 10 score involvements and 576 metres gained were a career-high, while his 15 contested possessions was the third most for his career.
He also had eight clearances, two of which came in a crucial final minute which were crucial in seeing Freo hold on to their four-point lead.
As well as eight clearances, two of which came in the crucial final minute, Brayshaw laid 12 tackles including one that arguably saved the game late in the contest.
The effort earned Brayshaw a perfect ‘10’ from senior coaches Justin Longmuir and Damien Hardwick, as well as three Brownlow votes from the umpires.
Key stats - Total (Fremantle rank) / Average (Fremantle rank)
Disposals: 568 (1st) / 28.4 (1st)
Contested possessions: 180 (5th) / 9 (5th)
Clearances: 73(5th) / 3.7 (5th)
Inside 50s: 80 (4th) / 4 (4th)
Tackles: 93 (1st) / 4.7 (1st)
Champion Data Ranking points: 2147 (3rd) / 107.3 (2nd)