Masked-up AFL players and their partners in Melbourne have had a very different experience of the league’s ‘virtual’ Brownlow Medal count than their counterparts elsewhere in Australia.

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant the AFL is not hosting a main ceremony to announce the best individual player in 2020.

The league’s star names have instead gathered at a variety of socially-distanced functions around the country – including the Channel Seven studios in Sydney, Optus Stadium in Perth and the Adelaide Oval.

At the designated venue in Melbourne, proceedings took on a more depressing tone as players wore face masks as are still mandated in public in the Victorian capital.

Josh Daicos of the Collingwood Magpies looks on wearing a mask during the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count at NEP Studios Southbank

Josh Daicos of the Collingwood Magpies looks on wearing a mask during the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count at NEP Studios Southbank

Darcy Parish of the Essendon Bombers and Jack Gunston of the Hawthorn Hawks were both pictured undertaking temperature checks, while face coverings were widespread inside the function room.

Face masks were nowhere to be seen in Adelaide as players like Jack Viney of the Demons enjoyed a canape.

The event in Perth also appeared to have a more upbeat tone as drinks flowed at the pre-count reception.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan also addressed the Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium without a mask. 

Despite the absence of a red carpet, the WAGS still grasped the chance to indulge in some glamour after months of few social opportunities due to lockdown. 

The red-hot favourite to win in 2020 is Brisbane Lions star Lachie Neale, and he and his wife Julie Neale made a glamorous entrance. 

Julie opted for racy sheer frock with a hip-high split and glittering embellishments throughout. 

Underneath, she wore a pair of nude underwear which showcased her slim pins to their full extent. 

Looking good: The Lions Lachie Neale and his wife Julie Neale made a glamorous entrance at the The AFL Brownlow Medal ceremony in Brisbane on Saturday

Looking good: The Lions Lachie Neale and his wife Julie Neale made a glamorous entrance at the The AFL Brownlow Medal ceremony in Brisbane on Saturday 

She carried a silver clutch, wore clear heels,, and opted for a soft pink makeup palette, her blonde hair down in waves. 

Lachie looked smart in a navy blue suit with a white shirt and patterned tie. 

Also turning heads were Isabella Beischer, the partner of Melbourne’s Christian Petracca in all white, Rebecca Lauren – accompanying GWS star Stephen Coniglio – in an all black outfit, Lucy Gilkes, the partner of GWS’ Josh Kelly and Rachel Newett, who attended with Essendon’s Jordan Ridley. 

Wow! Julie opted for racy sheer frock with a hip-high split and glittering embellishments throughout

Wow! Julie opted for racy sheer frock with a hip-high split and glittering embellishments throughout

Chic: Lachie looked smart in a navy blue suit with a white shirt and patterned tie

Chic: Lachie looked smart in a navy blue suit with a white shirt and patterned tie

Callum Mills of the Sydney Swans arrived with partner Tiffany Browne who looked stunning in a vintage-style pink, satin frock. 

The old Hollywood style dress featured long bell sleeves and a v-neck cut that showed off the beauty’s ample assets. 

She opted for a soft makeup look while wearing her brunette locks off her face, and nude heels to finish the ensemble.  

Callum chose a navy blue checked suit, open to a white dress shirt, and skipped a tie. 

Think pink: Callum Mills of the Sydney Swans arrived with partner Tiffany Browne who looked stunning in a vintage-style pink, satin frock. Callum chose a navy blue checked suit, open to a white dress shirt, and skipped a tie

Think pink: Callum Mills of the Sydney Swans arrived with partner Tiffany Browne who looked stunning in a vintage-style pink, satin frock. Callum chose a navy blue checked suit, open to a white dress shirt, and skipped a tie

Retro: The old Hollywood style dress featured bell sleeves and a v-neck cut that showed off the beauty's ample assets

Retro: The old Hollywood style dress featured bell sleeves and a v-neck cut that showed off the beauty’s ample assets

Stunner: She opted for a soft makeup look while wearing her brunette locks off her face, and nude heels to finish the ensemble

Stunner: She opted for a soft makeup look while wearing her brunette locks off her face, and nude heels to finish the ensemble

Jake Lloyd of the Sydney Swans and his partner Zoe Heard made a chic pair, with Jake choosing a slim-fit black suit and satin tie. 

Zoe opted for an artistic abstract dress in bright block colours, that clung to her slim frame, while wearing her hair in a half-up do. 

She paired the dress with an equally bright bag and heels with chunky straps, while opting for a nude makeup look. 

All bright: ake Lloyd of the Sydney Swans and his partner Zoe Heard made a chic pair, with Jake choosing a slim-fit black suit and satin tie

All bright: ake Lloyd of the Sydney Swans and his partner Zoe Heard made a chic pair, with Jake choosing a slim-fit black suit and satin tie

Arty: Zoe opted for an artistic abstract dress in bright block colours, that clung to her slim frame, while wearing her hair in a half-up do

Arty: Zoe opted for an artistic abstract dress in bright block colours, that clung to her slim frame, while wearing her hair in a half-up do

Details: She paired the dress with an equally bright bag and heels with chunky straps, while opting for a nude makeup look

Details: She paired the dress with an equally bright bag and heels with chunky straps, while opting for a nude makeup look

Charlie Cameron of the Lions and his partner Caitlin Seeto made a chic entrance in sophisticated looks, with Charlie wearing a black velvet tuxedo and bow tie. 

Caitlin looked stunning in a black satin gown with a thigh-high split and diamonte detailing, while holding a silver clutch and finishing the ensemble with strappy heels.

She wore her hair slicked back off her face, and oped for a pink lip and dainty earrings.  

Cool couple: Charlie Cameron of the Lions and his partner Caitlin Seeto made a chic entrance in sophisticated looks, with Charlie wearing a black velvet tuxedo and bow tie

Cool couple: Charlie Cameron of the Lions and his partner Caitlin Seeto made a chic entrance in sophisticated looks, with Charlie wearing a black velvet tuxedo and bow tie

Amazing: Caitlin looked stunning in a black satin gown with a thigh-high split and diamonte detailing, while holding a silver clutch

Amazing: Caitlin looked stunning in a black satin gown with a thigh-high split and diamonte detailing, while holding a silver clutch 

Melbourne player Christian Petracca took along partner Isabella Beischer, who chose a skin-tight while frock that showed off her slim physique. 

She added matching details with white fingernail and toenail polish, shoulder bag and square heels with delicate straps. 

Christian looked handsome in a three-piece navy suit with an ivory satin tie and white dress shirt. 

What a pair: Melbourne player Christian Petracca took along partner Isabella Beischer, who chose a skin-tight while frock that showed off her slim physique

What a pair: Melbourne player Christian Petracca took along partner Isabella Beischer, who chose a skin-tight while frock that showed off her slim physique

Suited: Christian looked handsome in a three-piece navy suit with an ivory satin tie and white dress shirt

Suited: Christian looked handsome in a three-piece navy suit with an ivory satin tie and white dress shirt

All white: Isabella added matching details with white fingernail polish and a shoulder bag

All white: Isabella added matching details with white fingernail polish and a shoulder bag

The Giants Josh Kelly looked dapper in Lucy Gilkes



Source link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here