Patrick Cripps cuddles with fiance Monique Fontana after winning Brownlow Medal

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Patrick Cripps won the Brownlow Medal of 2022 on Sunday evening and celebrated by sharing a romantic kiss with his beautiful fiancée Monique Fontana.

The Carlton star took Monique in his arms after his name was called during the event at Crown Casino in Melbourne.

The 27-year-old didn’t hold back as he pressed the 26-year-old brunette stunner to his chest for a good hug.

Patrick Cripps won the Brownlow Medal of 2022 on Sunday evening and celebrated by sharing a romantic kiss with his beautiful fiancée Monique Fontana. Both pictured

Monique looked absolutely delighted, unable to wipe the smile from her face as her husband took the stage.

It’s the second reason the couple has to celebrate after announcing their engagement in March.

After Patrick delivered his speech, the pair proudly posed together as the footballer displayed his medal.

The Carlton star took Monique in his arms after his name was called during the event at Crown Casino in Melbourne

The Carlton star took Monique in his arms after his name was called during the event at Crown Casino in Melbourne

The 27-year-old didn't hold back as he pressed the 26-year-old brunette stunner to his chest for a good hug

The 27-year-old didn’t hold back as he pressed the 26-year-old brunette stunner to his chest for a good hug

Monique looked absolutely delighted as the pair were working on their PDA

Monique looked absolutely delighted as the pair were working on their PDA

Patrick looked as excited with the kiss as with his win.  It's the second reason the couple has to celebrate after announcing their engagement in March

Patrick looked as excited with the kiss as with his win. It’s the second reason the couple has to celebrate after announcing their engagement in March

Monique looked absolutely radiant after opting for a deep blue dress with a ribbon detail at the waist and floral embroidery.

It also featured large bead detailing for a shimmery touch, clinging to her sensational figure.

The beauty opted for a sleek makeup look with a pink lipstick and wore her dark brown hair down and straight.

The footballer looked very proud of his achievement

The footballer looked very proud of his achievement

Monique looked absolutely radiant after opting for a pink makeup look

Monique looked absolutely radiant after opting for a pink makeup look

She completed the look with a pair of black heels and a matching handbag – but her best accessory was his giant diamond engagement ring.

The pair had previously toured the red carpet together, with Patrick playing stylist for his partner on the red carpet.

He helped Monique arrange her train for photos before they happily posed side by side.

The beauty wore a deep blue dress with a ribbon detail at the waist and floral embroidery and large beaded portions

The beauty wore a deep blue dress with a ribbon detail at the waist and floral embroidery and large beaded portions

The pair had previously toured the red carpet together, with Patrick playing stylist for his partner on the red carpet.  He helped Monique arrange her train for photos

The pair had previously toured the red carpet together, with Patrick playing stylist for his partner on the red carpet. He helped Monique arrange her train for photos

She added sheer stripped details to the arms for an extra fashion punch

She added sheer stripped details to the arms for an extra fashion punch

Cripps has sent bookmakers’ favorite Lachie Neale to the prestigious award by one vote.

The Blues skipper received 29 votes, one more than Neale, becoming the first Carlton player to receive the Brownlow Medal since Chris Judd in 2010 and the sixth in the club’s history.

In an epic close, Cripps took three votes in the final game of the season, allowing him to send Neale to the post, while the star midfielder had just one vote.

Cripps led bookmakers' favorite Lachie Neale to the prestigious award by one vote

Cripps led bookmakers’ favorite Lachie Neale to the prestigious award by one vote

Neale, the 2020 winner, was the bookmakers’ favorite and made a bid to become the double Brownlow medalist since Fremantle star Nat Fyfe won the award in 2015 and 2019.

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The Lions pistol would also have been the first player to win two ‘Charlies’ in three years – or better – since St Kilda legend Robert Harvey won the Brownlow Medals back to back in 1997 and 1998.

Gold Coast star Touk Miller finished third with 27 votes, while Dockers star Andrew Brayshaw and Melbourne gunner Clayton Oliver joint fourth with 25 votes each.

“I don’t really know whether to laugh or cry,” Cripps, who has scored 20 goals in 21 games this season, averaging 28.1 goals per game, said in his acceptance speech.

In an epic close, Cripps took three votes in the final game of the season, allowing him to send Neale to the post, while the star midfielder had just one vote.

In an epic close, Cripps took three votes in the final game of the season, allowing him to send Neale to the post, while the star midfielder had just one vote.

2020 winner Neale (pictured) finished with 28 votes and was defeated in the final round by Cripps

2020 winner Neale (pictured) finished with 28 votes and was defeated in the final round by Cripps

“I loved footy growing up as a kid and I remember going to boarding school in Western Australia and I’d say to mommy could you always unsubscribe me on Brownlow night ’cause I loved going to it to look.

“I can’t put it into words, it’s an absolute honour. To be honest it’s nice to just win some games. The first seven to eight years of my journey with Carlton were tough, but I’ve always been an optimist […] this year we are ahead of the ledger for the first time.

‘I like to play footy, I like to play with my friends.’

Cripps led the vote count 16 after round eight and recaptured the lead after collecting three votes in round 20 for his performance in Carlton’s loss to Adelaide.

The 27-year-old finished third in the 2019 Brownlow Medal and looked poised for another near miss as he went into the final round with 26 votes, one behind Miller and Neale.

However, he topped out on round 23 when he racked up 35 disposals, including 27 contested possessions in Carlton’s heartbreaking defeat to Collingwood in the final game of the home and away season.

The Blues’ 11.9 (75) to 10.14 (74) loss to their arch-rivals extended the drought of their final to nine years.

On a personal level, however, the three points were enough to keep Cripps in the lead as Neale only got one point after the Lions were hammered by Melbourne and Miller missed a vote in the Suns’ 67-point win over North.

The 27-year-old has scored 20 goals in 21 games this season, averaging 28.1 goals per game

The 27-year-old has scored 20 goals in 21 games this season, averaging 28.1 goals per game

Cripps got maximum votes for his performance in round 23 against Collingwood

Cripps got maximum votes for his performance in round 23 against Collingwood

Overall, Cripps entered 13 contests and earned the maximum three votes seven times.

He could arguably have added a few more votes to his tally, but only got one for his three-goal, thirty-game attempt against Richmond in Round 1. 21 for a bump that left Brisbane’s Callum Ah Chee concussed.

However, the AFL tribunal eventually overturned the suspension.

“I can't put it into words, it's an absolute honour.  To be honest it's nice to just win some games,

“I can’t put it into words, it’s an absolute honour. To be honest it’s nice to just win some games,” he said

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