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Last updated on July 16th, 2017 at 11:25 am
A curious sports statistic emerges from the past eight years:
Four of the biggest names in the history of football have won the Brownlow Medal, the AFL’s biggest individual prize, having grown up without a father.
On the one hand, I’m delighted for my fellow mother-raised Australians. On the other, I’m dreading the phone call: “Why haven’t you won a Brownlow Medal? Or anything else, for that matter? You know your little sister still competes in triathlons …”
(She really does – at 41. I once followed her during a training drill, and was exhausted by half distance; and I was driving a car.)