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Ablett top tip for Brownlow

GOLD COAST captain Gary Ablett is favourite to add the 2012 Brownlow Medal to his Suns best-and-fairest and AFL Players Association Most Valuable Player awards.

In the only awards voted by players, Ablett polled 788 votes to win his fourth MVP award from Essendon skipper Jobe Watson on 602 and Richmond's Trent Cotchin on 495.

Ablett, listed at $4.75 with Tattsbet to take his second Brownlow in 11 days time, ahead of Cotchin ($5) and Watson ($5.50), became the first player in a decade to win the MVP despite not playing in the finals.

The 28-year-old averaged an equal career-high 33.8 disposals a game this season.

Watson received 180 votes to be named the AFL's best captain, ahead of Geelong's Joel Selwood (97) and Fremantle's Matthew Pavlich (86).

Selwood also polled 187 votes to share the Robert Rose Most Courageous Award with Eagles defender Beau Waters. St Kilda veteran Lenny Hayes was third with 141.

Young Giants forward Jeremy Cameron won the best first-year player award from Brisbane's Dayne Zorko and St Kilda's Ahmed Saad



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