Scrub up everyone, it’s Brownlow night!

It’s that time of year once again where the tuxedos and gowns get dusted off, players and partners get dressed to the nines and sit back to hear Gillon McLachlan read out the votes for a total of 207 games.

So for those who don’t quite have the patience to sit through a three-and-a-half hour broadcast, want a recap of which Saints could poll well when, or didn’t manage to nab an invitation to the Brownlow, we’ve got you covered!

Take a look through this year’s Brownlow guide for everything you need to know about the AFL’s grandest night, and most importantly, where the men in red, white and black could feature.

In a nutshell...

Best chance:

Jack Sinclair is unsurprisingly in the box seat to be the Saints’ leading poller off the back of another sterling season which earned him his second All-Australian blazer.

If the pristine mullet flapping in the breeze wasn’t enough to catch the eye week on week, his extended periods through the midfield sure were; especially so by the men and women in green whose opinion matters most come Brownlow night. Sinclair averaged 29 disposals, five rebound-50s and 501 metres gained per game, finishing equal-ninth alongside All-Australian captain Toby Greene in the AFL coaches’ votes.   

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Don’t be surprised though if teammate Rowan Marshall pinches a few votes off him, however. The big man’s campaign was sensational as he embraced the ruck reins solo, with his efforts in the ruck and bullocking clearance work consistently placing him among the Saints’ best.

Who’s going?

All-Australians Jack Sinclair and Callum Wilkie, skipper Jack Steele, engine room force Brad Crouch and the ever-smiling Rowan Marshall will all be in attendance for Brownlow night, with Ben Paton also joining the crew as Marshall’s plus-one.

Drought-breakers:

After 109 games on the trot, Callum Wilkie is yet to have his name called out by Gillon McLachlan on Brownlow evening. While it must be said modern-day defenders traditionally don’t poll well on the AFL’s night of nights, several of the All-Australian full-back’s matches had him comfortably ensconced as his side’s best player. It could come as early as Round 1, but either Round 5 or 8 against Collingwood and North Melbourne respectively could be the ones to keep an eye on.

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Can the youth also crack in for their first Brownlow votes tonight? Mitch Owens’ name is sure to feature early in the count for his Rising Star performance against Gold Coast in Round 4, and could again further down the track for his match-winning four goals against West Coast at Optus Stadium in Round 16. Meanwhile, Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera is in the running to put his hand up for his maiden Brownlow votes, with his silky outing against the Swans in Round 13 his best chance.

Predicted top-five:

19 - Jack Sinclair
14 - Rowan Marshall 
5 - Brad Crouch
5 - Mitch Owens
5 - Callum Wilkie

2022 most votes: Jack Steele (13 votes)
Ineligible players: Anthony Caminiti (suspended)

Round 1 v Fremantle

St Kilda 10.7 (67) def. Fremantle 7.10 (52)

Who said backmen can’t snag votes on Brownlow night? It was unsurprisingly a defenders' day out in Ross Lyon's first game back at the helm, with Callum Wilkie leading the way to restrict Fremantle to just seven goals for the game. Up the other end for the Dockers, Luke Ryan and Brennan Cox were near flawless, racking up a combined 67 touches, 33 marks and 15 rebound-50s to keep the Saints at bay until the final-quarter blitz. Jack Sinclair and Jack Steele are a chance to oust the backline trio after commendable performances, while Mason Wood is a sniff to crack in with 20 disposals and two goals signalling the start of his impressive season in red, white and black.

Predicted votes:

3 - Luke Ryan (FRE)
2 - Callum Wilkie (STK)
1 - Brennan Cox (FRE)

Round 1 v Fremantle

Round 2 v Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs 5.11 (41) def. by St Kilda 14.8 (92)

Jack Sinclair is sure to get his first votes on the board come Round 2, constructing a brilliant 33-disposal outing which was captivating in every sense. Tim English may have gotten the nod for the All-Australian ruckman position over Rowan Marshall, but it was arguably the latter who won the chocolates this time around. Both rucks were impressive, but very rarely to two squeeze into the 3, 2, 1 system. Jack Steele was superb to finish with 29 disposals despite carrying a broken collarbone, pipping Brownlow contender Marcus Bontempelli for the final vote. Around the grounds,  Brad Crouch toiled hard and Mattaes Phillipou was lively with three goals, yet it's likely the skipper who trumps all.

Predicted votes:

3 - Jack Sinclair (STK)
2 - Rowan Marshall (STK)
1 - Jack Steele (STK)

Round 2 v Western Bulldogs

Round 3 v Essendon

St Kilda 14.8 (92) def. Essendon 11.8 (74)

It's an all-Saints line-up for Round 3 as the red, white and black took home the four points in its 150th Anniversary Game at the MCG. Mason Wood is just about a lock to poll maximum votes for his powerhouse outing in all areas of the ground, with it being his first three-vote game in his career. Either one of Jack Higgins' or Dan Butler's four snags is sure to be rewarded in the count, while the under-the-radar Brad Crouch is one of a number of Saints who could crack in to round out the St Kilda trio. Essendon's Darcy Parish, Dylan Shiel, Nic Martin and Jye Caldwell could spoil the party, especially with the latter's two freak goals in the last term willing his side back into the contest, but an eventual win for the Saints should outshine the Bombers brigade. 

Predicted votes:

3 - Mason Wood (STK)
2 - Jack Higgins (STK)
1 - Brad Crouch (STK)

Round 3 v Essendon

Round 4 v Gold Coast

St Kilda 17.11 (113) def. by Gold Coast 8.12 (60)

If not for the masterclass of Noah Anderson (38 disposals, 10 tackles, seven clearances), it would be Rising Star Mitch Owens who snares the three votes as the red, white and black dominated under the Marvel Stadium roof. The win falling the way of the Saints could swing the polling in favour of Owens, whose day ended with 27 touches, two goals and a Rising Star nomination to boot. It's a race for the one vote with multiple contenders. Brad Crouch would be stiff to dip out after accruing 34 possessions, Rowan Marshall (21 disposals, 24 hit-outs) had the better of Gold Coast's Ned Moyle (35 hit-outs, five disposals) around the ground, yet five goals from Jack Higgins will be hard to overlook.

Predicted votes:

3 - Noah Anderson (GC)
2 - Mitch Owens (STK)
1 - Jack Higgins (STK)

Round 4 v Gold Coast

Round 5 v Collingwood

Collingwood 10.10 (70) def. St Kilda 9.10 (64)

Another day for the defenders. Nick Daicos' impeccable run is sure to be rewarded here, as was the sublime work in defence from Collingwood captain Darcy Moore. The Saints stormed home late to cut the margin to six points in the game's frantic final stages, but it's hard to see anyone outside of Callum Wilkie (24 disposals, 11 marks, 10 intercepts), Brad Crouch (33 disposals, nine clearances, two goals) or Rowan Marshall (32 hit-outs, 25 disposals) forcing their way into the votes form a Saints' perspective.

Predicted votes:

3 - Nick Daicos (COLL)
2 - Darcy Moore (COLL)
1 - Callum Wilkie (STK)

Round 5 v Collingwood

Round 6 v Carlton

Carlton 8.12 (60) def. by St Kilda 12.10 (82)

The Baggers had plenty of the ball - Adam Cerra, Patrick Cripps, Sam Walsh and Blake Acres all had more than 30 touches - but the engine room injection of Jack Sinclair after half-time was the leading performance from Round 6. The No. 35 was rewarded a perfect 10 coaches' votes for his midfield mastery, which was bolstered by the superb tap-work of Rowan Marshall once again. Dan Butler bagged three to throw himself into the conversation, while Mitch Owens is also an outside chance to steal one vote for his powerful two-goal display up forward.

Predicted votes:

3 - Jack Sinclair (STK)
2 - Adam Cerra (CARL)
1 - Rowan Marshall (STK)

Round 6 v Carlton

Round 7 v Port Adelaide

St Kilda 11.10 (76) def. by Port Adelaide 12.11 (83)

The scoreline may have been tight, but the evening belonged to Port Adelaide, who are sure to bag a sizeable portion - if not all - of the Round 7 votes. Jason Horne-Francis couldn't be missed through his domineering clearance work, while veteran Travis Boak wound back the clock in a composed performance which served as the perfect foil to his teammate's explosiveness. Rowan Marshall again will throw his had in the ring to pinch a vote after monstering the younger Brynn Teakle, while Jack Steele could also feature with 28 disposals and 11 tackles. As for Jack Sinclair, another move on-ball which yielded 33 disposals can't be ruled out.

Predicted votes:

3 - Jason Horne-Francis (PA)
2 - Travis Boak (PA)
1 - Rowan Marshall (STK)

Round 7 v Port Adelaide

Round 8 v North Melbourne

North Melbourne 4.10 (34) def. by St Kilda 8.16 (64)

Round 8 against the Roos won't go down as one of the most memorable games this season, but it might just for Callum Wilkie who is a sniff of securing three votes, and potentially the first Brownlow nominations of his career. Silky Wilkie was a cut above with 28 disposals, 12 intercepts and nine marks, while his opposition counterpart in Ben McKay was just as effective as both sides struggled to hit the scoreboard to meaningful effect. Jack Ziebell had plenty of the Sherrin with 36 touches and 18 marks, as did Harry Sheezel with 30, yet the silk of Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera is a fair chance to be be noticed more than that of North's own composed half-back. Liam Stocker is also in the hunt after a 25-disposal, 16-mark performance, while any number of Saints ranging from Mitch OwensBradley Hill or Ryan Byrnes could work their way into the voting line-up.

Predicted votes:

3 - Callum Wilkie (STK)
2 - Jack Ziebell (NM)
1 - Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera (STK)

Round 8 v North Melbourne