Patrick Cripps shares smooch with fiancée Monique Fontana after winning  Brownlow Medal

The romantic moment Carlton star Patrick Cripps shares an epic smooch with his stunning fiancée Monique Fontana after winning Brownlow Medal by a single vote

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

The Carlton star swept Monique up in his arms after his name was called out at the event at Crown Casino in Melbourne

The 27-year-old did not hold back as he pressed the 26-year-old brunette stunner to his chest for a proper smooch. 

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

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

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

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

After Patrick gave his speech, the couple posed proudly together as the footballer showed off his medal. 

The Carlton star swept Monique up in his arms after his name was called out at the event at Crown Casino in Melbourne

The Carlton star swept Monique up in his arms after his name was called out at the event at Crown Casino in Melbourne

The 27-year-old did not hold back as he pressed the 26-year-old brunette stunner to his chest for a proper smooch

The 27-year-old did not hold back as he pressed the 26-year-old brunette stunner to his chest for a proper smooch

Monique looked absolutely delighted as the couple engaged in their PDA

Monique looked absolutely delighted as the couple engaged in their PDA

Patrick looked as thrilled with the kiss as he did his win. It's the second reason the couple have to celebrate after announcing their engagement in March

Patrick looked as thrilled with the kiss as he did his win. It’s the second reason the couple have to celebrate after announcing their engagement in March

Monique looked absolutely luminous, having opted for a plunging deep blue dress with ribbon detail at the waist and floral embroidery. 

It also included large beaded details for a glistening touch, and clung close to her sensational figure. 

The beauty opted for a clean makeup look with a pink lipstick and wore her brunette hair down and straight. 

After Patrick gave his speech, the couple posed proudly together as the footballer showed off his medal - with Monique's prize, her diamond engagement ring, also on display

After Patrick gave his speech, the couple posed proudly together as the footballer showed off his medal – with Monique’s prize, her diamond engagement ring, also on display 

The footballer looked immensely proud of his achievement

The footballer looked immensely proud of his achievement 

Monique looked absolutely luminous, having opted for a rosy makeup look

Monique looked absolutely luminous, having opted for a rosy makeup look

She finished the look with a pair of black heels and matching clutch purse – but her best accessory was her giant diamond engagement ring.  

The pair had earlier larked around on the red carpet together, with Patrick playing stylist for his partner. 

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

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

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

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

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

She added sheer details to her arms for an extra fashionable punch

She added sheer details to her arms for an extra fashionable punch 

Cripps pipped bookmakers’ favourite Lachie Neale to the prestigious award by a single vote.

The Blues skipper received 29 votes, one more than Neale, to become 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 finish, Cripps secured three votes in the final game of the season, which allowed him to pip Neale to the post with the star midfielder polling just one vote.

Cripps pipped bookmakers' favourite Lachie Neale to the prestigious award by a single vote

 Cripps pipped bookmakers’ favourite Lachie Neale to the prestigious award by a single vote

Neale, the 2020 winner, was the bookmakers’ favourite and was bidding to become the first dual Brownlow Medallist since Fremantle star Nat Fyfe won the award in 2015 and 2019. 

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

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

‘I actually don’t know whether to laugh or cry,’ Cripps, who kicked 20 goals in 21 games this season, averaging 28.1 disposals per game, said in his acceptance speech.

In an epic finish, Cripps secured three votes in the final game of the season, which allowed him to pip Neale to the post

In an epic finish, Cripps secured three votes in the final game of the season, which allowed him to pip Neale to the post

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

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

‘I loved footy growing up as a kid and I remember being at boarding school in Western Australia and I would say to mum could you always sign me out on Brownlow night cause I loved watching it.

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

‘I love playing footy, I love playing with my mates.’

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

'I actually don't know whether to laugh or cry,' Cripps said in his acceptance speech

‘I actually don’t know whether to laugh or cry,’ Cripps said in his acceptance speech

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

However, he secured maximum votes in Round 23 as he racked up 35 disposals including 27 contested possessions in Carlton’s heartbreaking defeat against Collingwood in the final game of the home and away season.

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

On a personal level, however, the three points were enough to vault Cripps in the lead as Neale received just one point after the Lions were hammered by Melbourne and Miller missed out on a vote in the Suns’ 67-point 23 win over North.

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

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

Cripps took maximum votes for his performance in Round 23 against Collingwood

Cripps took maximum votes for his performance in Round 23 against Collingwood

Overall, Cripps polled in 13 games and earned the maximum three votes seven times.

He arguably could have added a couple more votes to his tally but received just one for his three-goal, 30-disposal effort against Richmond in Round 1. The Blues skipper was also very nearly ineligible for the award, as he was suspended after Round 21 for a bump that left Brisbane’s s Callum Ah Chee concussed.

However, the AFL tribunal ultimately overturned the suspension. 

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

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

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