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Hungover Cripps soldiers through hilarious interview after Brownlow win, Dunkley makes his choice

Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley has officially requested a trade to Brisbane.

The out-of-contract star, who led the Bulldogs’ Brownlow Medal votes tally on Sunday night with 14, will be heading north for the 2023 season, according to SEN’s Sam Edmund.

He is expected to receive a whopping six-year deal from the Lions, who are looking for more midfield strength to assist superstar Lachie Neale.

Dunkley reported rejected a five-year contract offer from the Bulldogs to remain, while Port Adelaide were the other party primarily interested in the 25-year old.

While out of contract, Dunkley is not a free agent, meaning the Lions will either have to trade for him or run the gauntlet in the pre-season or national drafts.

Making things even more complicated is the Lions’ likely need to match a high draft bid for father-son superstar Will Ashcroft, with the expectation that wooden spooner North Melbourne will bid with their prized pick 1.

The Lions’ first-round selection currently sits at 15.

Dunkley, whose contract with the Dogs has expired, has been the subject of speculation for much of the season; indeed, his future at the club has been clouded since requesting a trade to Essendon two years ago.

That trade fell through, primarily due to Dunkley remaining contracted for two years, while the Bombers’ interest in him has since cooled.

A member of the Bulldogs’ fairytale 2016 premiership team in his debut year – the youngest member of their 22 – Dunkley has played 116 games in red, white and blue, including all 23 in 2022.

Averaging more than 25 disposals a game and kicking 18 goals, he polled 14 Brownlow Medal votes for the season, having also amassed 15 back in 2019.

He was one of the Dogs’ best in their elimination final loss to Fremantle, amassing 23 disposals and 14 tackles.

Dunkley is among the favourites to claim the Bulldogs’ best and fairest award on September 28, rubbing salt into the wound at the Whitten Oval.

‘Left my eyes at the count’: Hungover Cripps soldiers through interview after Brownlow win

Patrick Cripps claimed while accepting the 2022 Brownlow Medal that he’d ‘love to be sober this time next year’ – and the party certainly continued after claiming the AFL’s most prized individual honour.

The Carlton captain spent a ‘long night’ celebrating his triumph with Blues teammates and loved ones, and was visibly worse for wear in the early hours of Monday morning, soldiering through an interview with Nine’s Today Show.

Asked how hungover he was ‘on a scale of 1 to 10’, Cripps admitted: “I’d go close to 10.

“It’s been a long night, but it’s all worth it. It’s been great fun. I’ve had a fair few mates here, and obviously family to celebrate.

“It’s a weird feeling being outside so early, but it’s all worth it.”

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When teased by host Karl Stefanovic over his glazed expression, Cripps’ response had the broadcaster in stitches.

“One thing I will give advice to you – if you’re staying at Crown, you’re going to an awards ceremony the night before, just make sure you don’t leave your eyes in the villa when you come down to do the cross!” Stefanovic quipped.

“Mate I’m not gonna lie, my eyes – once I’ve had two beers, I’m done,” Cripps replied.

“You can probably tell [by] my eyes… I left my eyes at the count last night.”

Making things even worse for Cripps, the 27-year old had had to cut his post-season holiday short to make a mad dash back to Australia for the Brownlow, with the night having been moved at short notice a day earlier to Sunday night, to avoid a clash with Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

Consequently, Cripps could add jetlag to his long list of ailments.

“I’m crying out for a bit of sleep right now,” Cripps said.

It’s all worth it when you win the Brownlow. I’ve just got to keep punching out the next few hours – then I’ll be hitting the pillow pretty quick.”

Patrick Cripps after winning the 2022 Brownlow Medal.

Patrick Cripps after winning the 2022 Brownlow Medal. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Petracca’s reaction to Gill’s Brownlow gaffe steals the show

The footy world has lit up over vision of Melbourne star Christian Petracca’s less-than-impressed reaction to a Brownlow Medal like mispronunciation from league CEO Gillon McLachlan.

Reading the votes for the Demons’ Round 16 clash with Adelaide, in which Petracca received the maximum three, McLachlan mistakenly pronounced the star midfielder’s surname as ‘Petracker’, rather than ‘PetrAHca’.

Petracca seemed less than impressed with the gaffe, seen on Channel Seven’s coverage appearing to mouth ‘It’s PetrAHca for f–k’s sake’.

Shared on Twitter shortly after, the incident has quickly gone viral.

The count was McLachlan’s final Brownlow as AFL CEO, having announced he will be stepping down from the top job in coming weeks.

Petracca would finish sixth in the count with 24 votes, one behind Dees teammate Clayton Oliver, giving McLachlan plenty of chances to pronounce his name correctly.

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