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Depressing scenes in Melbourne as players mask up for AFL Brownlow Medal ‘virtual’ count

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 Optus Stadium in Perth, Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium and the Adelaide Oval.

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

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

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

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

Masks all around: Players wait for the count to start during the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count.  Face masks as are still mandated in public in the Victorian capital

Masks all around: Players wait for the count to start during the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count.  Face masks as are still mandated in public in the Victorian capital

Masks all around: Players wait for the count to start during the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count.  Face masks as are still mandated in public in the Victorian capital

More upbeat: Jack Viney of the Demons with his wife Charlotte during the count at the Adelaide Oval - where scenes were markedly different to in Melbourne with non-mask-wearing attendees enjoying canapes and drinks

More upbeat: Jack Viney of the Demons with his wife Charlotte during the count at the Adelaide Oval - where scenes were markedly different to in Melbourne with non-mask-wearing attendees enjoying canapes and drinks

More upbeat: Jack Viney of the Demons with his wife Charlotte during the count at the Adelaide Oval – where scenes were markedly different to in Melbourne with non-mask-wearing attendees enjoying canapes and drinks

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. 

Taking no chances: Darcy Parish of the Bombers has his temperature checked before entering the count at NEP Studios Southbank in Melbourne

Taking no chances: Darcy Parish of the Bombers has his temperature checked before entering the count at NEP Studios Southbank in Melbourne

Taking no chances: Darcy Parish of the Bombers has his temperature checked before entering the count at NEP Studios Southbank in Melbourne

All bright: Jake Lloyd of the Sydney Swans and his partner Zoe Heard at the Sydney event

All bright: Jake Lloyd of the Sydney Swans and his partner Zoe Heard at the Sydney event

All bright: Jake Lloyd of the Sydney Swans and his partner Zoe Heard at the Sydney event 

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan addresses the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count without a mask at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan addresses the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count without a mask at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan addresses the 2020 Brownlow Medal Count without a mask at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast

Nic Naitanui and partner Brittany Brown struck a glamorous pose at Optus Stadium for the annual count

Nic Naitanui and partner Brittany Brown struck a glamorous pose at Optus Stadium for the annual count

Nic Naitanui and partner Brittany Brown struck a glamorous pose at Optus Stadium for the annual count

Luke Shuey mingles with other guests as attendees went maskless at Optus Stadium in Perth

Luke Shuey mingles with other guests as attendees went maskless at Optus Stadium in Perth

Luke Shuey mingles with other guests as attendees went maskless at Optus Stadium in Perth

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. 

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

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

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 

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Giants Josh Kelly looked dapper in a modern suit with dotted tie, pocket square and a chunky watch, while his partner Lucy Gilkes opted for a baby blue gown.

The tight dress showed off her figure, and the beauty opted for white heels and gold accessories. 

She chose a bronzed makeup palette, with highlighted cheeks and coral lipstick, while wearing her brunette hair off her face in a ponytail.  

Feeling blue: The Giants Josh Kelly looked dapper in a modern suit with dotted tie, pocket square and a chunky watch, while his partner Lucy Gilkes opted for a baby blue gown

Feeling blue: The Giants Josh Kelly looked dapper in a modern suit with dotted tie, pocket square and a chunky watch, while his partner Lucy Gilkes opted for a baby blue gown

Feeling blue: The Giants Josh Kelly looked dapper in a modern suit with dotted tie, pocket square and a chunky watch, while his partner Lucy Gilkes opted for a baby blue gown

Shining star: The tight dress showed off her figure, and the beauty opted for white heels and gold accessories

Shining star: The tight dress showed off her figure, and the beauty opted for white heels and gold accessories

Shining star: The tight dress showed off her figure, and the beauty opted for white heels and gold accessories

Sun kissed: She chose a bronzed makeup palette, with highlighted cheeks and coral lipstick, while wearing her brunette hair off her face in a ponytail

Sun kissed: She chose a bronzed makeup palette, with highlighted cheeks and coral lipstick, while wearing her brunette hair off her face in a ponytail

Sun kissed: She chose a bronzed makeup palette, with highlighted cheeks and coral lipstick, while wearing her brunette hair off her face in a ponytail

Jordan Ridley of the Bombers and his partner Rachel Mewett brought some brightness to the occasion with Rachel picking a bright yellow, satin gown. 

She paired it with blingy statement earrings, a glittering clutch and wore her blonde hair down around her shoulders, while choosing smoky eyeshadow and pink lips. 

Jordan looked smart in a dark blue suit worn with a bow tie pocket square and white dress shirt.  

Mellow: Jordan Ridley of the Bombers and his partner Rachel Mewett brought some brightness to the occasion with Rachel picking a bright yellow, satin gown

Mellow: Jordan Ridley of the Bombers and his partner Rachel Mewett brought some brightness to the occasion with Rachel picking a bright yellow, satin gown

Mellow: Jordan Ridley of the Bombers and his partner Rachel Mewett brought some brightness to the occasion with Rachel picking a bright yellow, satin gown

Dapper: Jordan looked smart in a dark blue suit worn with a bow tie pocket square and white dress shirt

Dapper: Jordan looked smart in a dark blue suit worn with a bow tie pocket square and white dress shirt

Dapper: Jordan looked smart in a dark blue suit worn with a bow tie pocket square and white dress shirt

Sunny: Rachel paired the dress with blingy statement earrings, a glittering clutch and wore her blonde hair down around her shoulders, while choosing smoky eyeshadow and pink lips

Sunny: Rachel paired the dress with blingy statement earrings, a glittering clutch and wore her blonde hair down around her shoulders, while choosing smoky eyeshadow and pink lips

Sunny: Rachel paired the dress with blingy statement earrings, a glittering clutch and wore her blonde hair down around her shoulders, while choosing smoky eyeshadow and pink lips

Stephen Coniglio of the Giants and partner Rebecca Lauren were clearly up for a fun night, posing in a number of adorable photos upon arrival. 

Rebecca donned a casually high-fashion look wearing a sleeveless top with flared pants, while styling her hair half-up with a chunky satin headband. 

She carried a Dior bag, wore a scattering of gold accessories, black nail polish, and chose a smoky eye makeup look with a pink lip. 

Fashionable pair: Stephen Coniglio of the Giants and partner Rebecca Lauren were clearly up for a fun night, posing in a number of adorable photos upon arrival

Fashionable pair: Stephen Coniglio of the Giants and partner Rebecca Lauren were clearly up for a fun night, posing in a number of adorable photos upon arrival

Fashionable pair: Stephen Coniglio of the Giants and partner Rebecca Lauren were clearly up for a fun night, posing in a number of adorable photos upon arrival

On trend: Rebecca donned a casually high-fashion look wearing a sleeveless top with flared pants, while styling her hair half-up with a chunky satin headband

On trend: Rebecca donned a casually high-fashion look wearing a sleeveless top with flared pants, while styling her hair half-up with a chunky satin headband

On trend: Rebecca donned a casually high-fashion look wearing a sleeveless top with flared pants, while styling her hair half-up with a chunky satin headband

Fash pack: She carried a Dior bag, wore a scattering of gold accessories, black nail polish, and chose a smoky eye makeup look with a pink lip

Fash pack: She carried a Dior bag, wore a scattering of gold accessories, black nail polish, and chose a smoky eye makeup look with a pink lip

Fash pack: She carried a Dior bag, wore a scattering of gold accessories, black nail polish, and chose a smoky eye makeup look with a pink lip

Jarryd Lyons of the Lions and his partner Savahna Lyons posed up a storm, with Jarryd wearing a blue suit wit ha mauve tie and pocket square that matched Savahna’s dress. 

Savahna wore a violet dress that sat off the shoulders, and featured extra long sleeves, with her blonde hair down around her face. 

The dress had a thigh-high split that showed off her slim legs and for makeup, she chose a pale pink lipstick and rosy cheeks.  

Matching: Jarryd Lyons of the Lions and his partner Savahna Lyons posed up a storm, with Jarryd wearing a blue suit wit ha mauve tie and pocket square that matched Savahna's dress

Matching: Jarryd Lyons of the Lions and his partner Savahna Lyons posed up a storm, with Jarryd wearing a blue suit wit ha mauve tie and pocket square that matched Savahna's dress

Matching: Jarryd Lyons of the Lions and his partner Savahna Lyons posed up a storm, with Jarryd wearing a blue suit wit ha mauve tie and pocket square that matched Savahna’s dress

Wow factor: Savahna wore a violet dress that sat off the shoulders, and featured extra long sleeves, and a thigh-high split that showed off her slim legs

Wow factor: Savahna wore a violet dress that sat off the shoulders, and featured extra long sleeves, and a thigh-high split that showed off her slim legs

Wow factor: Savahna wore a violet dress that sat off the shoulders, and featured extra long sleeves, and a thigh-high split that showed off her slim legs

Jack Crisp of the Magpies and his wife Mikayla Crisp made a head-turning entrance with Jack in a black suit with a patterned tie. 

Mikayla couldn’t be ignored in a white, off the shoulder gown that had a long train and a thigh-high split. 

She wore her long, blonde hair down and carried a white, square clutch, finishing the ensemble with pointed white heels.  

Black and wite: Jack Crisp of the Magpies and his wife Mikayla Crisp made a head-turning entrance with Jack in a black suit with a patterned tie

Black and wite: Jack Crisp of the Magpies and his wife Mikayla Crisp made a head-turning entrance with Jack in a black suit with a patterned tie

Black and wite: Jack Crisp of the Magpies and his wife Mikayla Crisp made a head-turning entrance with Jack in a black suit with a patterned tie

The it factor: Mikayla couldn't be ignored in a white, off the shoulder gown that had a long train and a thigh-high split

The it factor: Mikayla couldn't be ignored in a white, off the shoulder gown that had a long train and a thigh-high split

The it factor: Mikayla couldn’t be ignored in a white, off the shoulder gown that had a long train and a thigh-high split

Toby Greene of the Giants and partner Georgia Stirton also went for a black and white look, with Toby in a black suit with a pink satin tie. 

Georgia chose a fitted white dress with cut-outs that showed off a hint of skin, white carrying a smart black clutch with matching strappy black heels. 

She added statement earrings with pearl accents and chose a deep pink lipstick with a satin finish, while wearing her strawberry blonde hair straight and down.  

Good looking! Toby Greene of the Giants and partner Georgia Stirton also went for a black and white look, with Toby in a black suit with a pink satin tie

Good looking! Toby Greene of the Giants and partner Georgia Stirton also went for a black and white look, with Toby in a black suit with a pink satin tie

Good looking! Toby Greene of the Giants and partner Georgia Stirton also went for a black and white look, with Toby in a black suit with a pink satin tie

Peek: Georgia chose a fitted white dress with cut-outs that showed off a hint of skin, white carrying a smart black clutch with matching strappy black heels

Peek: Georgia chose a fitted white dress with cut-outs that showed off a hint of skin, white carrying a smart black clutch with matching strappy black heels

Peek: Georgia chose a fitted white dress with cut-outs that showed off a hint of skin, white carrying a smart black clutch with matching strappy black heels

Pretty: She added statement earrings with pearl accents and chose a deep pink lipstick with a satin finish, while wearing her strawberry blonde hair straight and down

Pretty: She added statement earrings with pearl accents and chose a deep pink lipstick with a satin finish, while wearing her strawberry blonde hair straight and down

Pretty: She added statement earrings with pearl accents and chose a deep pink lipstick with a satin finish, while wearing her strawberry blonde hair straight and down

Luke Parker of the Swans and partner Kate Lawrence were eye-catching, with Kate wearing a burnt orange dress in a metallic finish with soft layers and a belted waist. 

She wore her hair off her face in a bun and added a pair of hoop earrings, as well as donning a hair of towering black stilletos. 

Luke looked dapper in a black suit open to a white shirt sans tie and a pair of brown dress shoes.  

Bright: Luke Parker of the Swans and partner Kate Lawrence were eye-catching on the night. Luke looked dapper in a black suit open to a white shirt sans tie and a brown dress shoes

Bright: Luke Parker of the Swans and partner Kate Lawrence were eye-catching on the night. Luke looked dapper in a black suit open to a white shirt sans tie and a brown dress shoes

Bright: Luke Parker of the Swans and partner Kate Lawrence were eye-catching on the night. Luke looked dapper in a black suit open to a white shirt sans tie and a brown dress shoes

High fashion: Kate was wearing a burnt orange dress in a metallic finish with soft layers and a belted waist

High fashion: Kate was wearing a burnt orange dress in a metallic finish with soft layers and a belted waist

High fashion: Kate was wearing a burnt orange dress in a metallic finish with soft layers and a belted waist

Glam: She wore her hair off her face in a bun and added a pair of hoop earrings

Glam: She wore her hair off her face in a bun and added a pair of hoop earrings

Glam: She wore her hair off her face in a bun and added a pair of hoop earrings

Dayne Zorko of the Lions and his partner Talia Demarco made a classy pair with Dayne in a fitted black tux. 

Talia looked very old Hollywood in a crochet black, halterneck dress and her hair pinned to the side with a jewelled clip. 

She added a number of dainty accessories and carried a glittering clutch while opting for a pink-based makeup palette.  

All class: Dayne Zorko of the Lions and his partner Talia Demarco made a classy pair with Dayne in a fitted black tux

All class: Dayne Zorko of the Lions and his partner Talia Demarco made a classy pair with Dayne in a fitted black tux

All class: Dayne Zorko of the Lions and his partner Talia Demarco made a classy pair with Dayne in a fitted black tux

Source: Daily Mail AU

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