Wimmera Health Care Group executive assistant Alex Neale will be watching with bated breath when the AFL Brownlow Medal count starts on Sunday night.
Alex's brother, Lachie Neale, is the soaring favourite to take out of one of football's most coveted personal accolades.
The All-Australian on-baller has had a stellar season with the Brisbane Lions, winning the AFL Coaches Association champion player award and guiding his club to its first preliminary final since 2004.
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Alex said Lachie hadn't spoken too much about his medal chances.
"His focus has really been on his preparation for Saturday's game against Geelong and his ultimate goal of winning a premiership with his teammates," she said.
"It would be great if he was to win the Brownlow the year after Nat (Fyfe) because they were good mates when Lachie was at Fremantle."
Lachie moved to Brisbane in 2019 and finished third in the Brownlow Medal count in his maiden season in the Sunshine State.
The stocky on-baller has continued to improve and is now the odds-on favourite at $1.25 to take home the Brownlow this year.
Alex believes her brother has always been driven to excel.
"He's always worked hard to make it at the top level," she said.
"Before he was drafted, he was told he would never make the AFL because he was too short so to get where he is now is an amazing achievement and real reward for his efforts."
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Brisbane faces Geelong in a cut-throat preliminary final on Saturday night, making for a nerve-wracking weekend for the Neale family.
"I'm nervous for Lachie, but the Brownlow is out of his control now," Alex said.
"I'm more nervous for Saturday's game because the players have control of that outcome.
"I will definitely be barracking hard in front of the telly for both nights though."
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