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Patrick Cripps smooches with his fiancee Monique Fontana after winning the Brownlow medal

Patrick Cripps won the 2022 Brownlow Medal on Sunday night and celebrated it with a romantic kiss with his beautiful fiancee Monique Fontana.

The Carlton star hugged Monique after his name was called at the event at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.

The 27-year-old didn’t hold back as he hugged the 26-year-old brunette stunner to his chest for a proper smooch.

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

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

After Patrick delivered his speech, the couple proudly posed together while the footballer showed off his medal.

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

It also included large pearl detailing for a glittery touch and hugged her sensational figure closely.

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

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

The pair had previously hung out on 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.

Cripps relegated bookmaker favorite 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 sixth in club history.

In an epic finish, Cripps secured three votes in the final game of the season, allowing him to hit Neale on the post, with the star midfielder earning just one vote

Neale, the 2020 winner, was the bookmakers’ favorite and has been in contention for the double Brownlow Medal since Fremantle star Nat Fyfe won the award in 2015 and 2019.

The Lions gun would also have become 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 cannon Clayton Oliver finished fourth with 25 votes each.

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

“I loved footy growing up as a kid and I remember going to boarding school in Western Australia and I would say mum could you always sign me up for Brownlow Night because I loved it too see.

“I can’t put it into words, it’s an absolute honor. To be honest, just winning a few games is nice. The first seven to eight years of my journey at Carlton were tough, but I was always an optimist […] This year we are ahead of the ledger for the first time.

“I love to play football, I love to play with my buddies.”

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

The 27-year-old finished third at the 2019 Brownlow Medal and looked set to make the finals with 26 votes, one behind Miller and Neale.

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