Hardie urges umpires to “trust their own eye” on Brownlow voting
1985 Brownlow Meadalist Brad Hardie wants umpires to “trust their own eye” when judging the league’s highest individual honour.
Speaking on Halftime with James Willis after Tom Mitchell won the 2018 Brownlow Medal, Hardie said he was worried the league was becoming too data driven, leading to the medal being awarded almost exclusively to midfielders.
“You know if someone’s playing well or not, you don’t need to be backed up by the fact a player has had a million possessions,” he said.
“In my view, I like players who have high 20s or 30 possessions but kick goals. That for me means that player has had the most impact on the game.
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