- West Coast (+1)
West Coast returned home and returned to the winners list with a big win over GWS. Josh Kennedy was back in the side after missing round one, but it was his tall forward partner Jack Darling that did the damage with four goals. Dom Sheed continued his strong start with 28 touches while Norm Smith Medalist Luke Shuey had 28 and kicked two.
- Collingwood (+1)
Collingwood once again proved they have the game plan needed to beat Richmond. The 44-point margin reflected the Magpies’ dominance. Jordan De Goey was a menace up forward as he kicked five, while Brody Mihocek played one of his best games in black and white, restricting Nick Vlastuin’s influence and kicking three himself. Adam Treloar and Dayne Beams combined for 75 disposals as they controlled the midfield.
- Richmond (-2)
The injury curse seems to have well and truly caught up with the Tigers. As if losing Alex Rance wasn’t enough, Jack Riewoldt looks set to miss around a month with a wrist injury while Dylan Grimes has been suspended for a high elbow on Jamie Elliott. On a positive note, Tom Lynch booted another three goals and will need to come into his own in the absence of Riewoldt.
- Geelong (+3)
Geelong have been arguably the most impressive side through two rounds, getting wins against two of last year’s top four teams. Their dominance of Melbourne was relentless and led by Patrick Dangerfield with 37 disposals and two goals. Tim Kelly was another standout with 30 touches, while Charlie Constable had 31 and kicked a goal in a showing that could land him a rising star nomination.
- GWS (-1)
After last week’s trouncing of Essendon, a trip to Perth was always going to be a tough ask for the Giants. While they ended up going down by 52, they managed to keep it close for much of the game. Lachie Whitfield and Zac Williams were excellent off half back with 33 disposals and 25 disposals respectively, while Jeremy Cameron kicked three up forward. Next week’s game against Richmond will be a real test for the Giants in terms of their top four credentials.
- Hawthorn (-1)
A shocking last quarter cost the Hawks dearly against the Bulldogs, conceding nine goals including five in the last ten minutes. Injuries to Shaun Burgoyne and Liam Shiels compounded the loss. The Hawks were good for most of the game, with Jaeger O’Meara having 30 touches and Jack Gunston kicking four, but they can ill-afford to give up leads like they did on Sunday.
- Adelaide (+1)
Adelaide recovered from their poor round one showing to comfortably beat Sydney away. They controlled the play for much of the game and didn’t allow Sydney any easy shots on goal. The Crouch brothers combined for 50 touches and 12 tackles and the side had nine different goalkickers. Their next game against Geelong will be a real test and will give an impression of where they sit amongst the stronger teams.
- Brisbane (+2)
Brisbane are 2-0 for the first time since 2010 and have looked very good along the way. They followed up their big win over the reigning premiers with a come from behind win over North Melbourne, kicking seven goals in the final term. Their stars stood up with Charlie Cameron kicking four and Lachie Neale having 43 touches. They face Port Adelaide next and a win there could see them move even further up the power rankings.
- Western Bulldogs (+4)
Could the Bulldogs be back? On the back of the first two rounds the answer could be yes. Not only have they won twice, they have played strong sides and beaten them, in the end, convincingly. Their midfield boasts two stars in Jack Macrae and Marcus Bontempelli, the former of the two picking up 36 touches. Josh Schache had one his best games as well, kicking four and influencing the game heavily. With a home game against Gold Coast next up, the Bulldogs are set to keep on rising.
- Port Adelaide (+2)
Two wins to start the season has Port Adelaide well positioned heading into round three. Now that he’s fit, Tom Rockliff has recovered his form from his Brisbane days, while their four rookies have all looked right at home and have all likely locked down their spots in the side. The return of co-captain Ollie Wines will be a further boost to the Power ahead of their trip to Brisbane.
- Sydney (-2)
Without losing badly in either game, the Swans have slipped to 0-2. A number of their better players have had quiet starts to the year, Isaac Heeney chief among them. They will be hoping that a game against Carlton will be the chance to get off the mark, however Carlton have been far from poor in their opening games. History is against the Swans in terms of making the finals, but they’re experienced enough to recover from here.
- Melbourne (-6)
To say Melbourne’s opening two rounds have been disappointing would be an understatement. They were outplayed by Port Adelaide and then thrashed by Geelong in worrying fashion. They were boosted this past weekend by the debuts of Steven May and Kade Kolodjashnij and better performances from Clayton Oliver, who had 44 touches, and especially Max Gawn. Based on last season you would back Melbourne to come good and with Essendon up next, their chance to move back up the ladder and the rankings could be now.
- Fremantle (-2)
Fremantle were riding high after round one. That euphoria is now over. A loss to Gold Coast will have come as a shock and a home game against St Kilda looms as very important in order to capitalise on their opening round win. Cam McCarthy continued his opening round form with two goals, while Jesse Hogan played well in his Dockers debut with 21 touches. If Freo want to be a finals side then a win over the Saints is crucial, especially at home.
- St Kilda (+2)
The Saints are in dreamland right now. Not many would have predicted a 2-0 start for Alan Richardson’s side. The pressure is now off the St Kilda coach, but the opportunity is there for them to keep their form going. Matthew Parker is looking like an excellent mature-age recruit, while the likes of Jack Billings and Jade Gresham have had good showings in the opening rounds. A trip to Perth awaits the Saints, but with form on their side they may just fancy their chances.
- Essendon (-1)
The chance for Essendon to bounce back from their round one humbling has passed. It may only be round three this week, but some are already at panic stations with the Bombers. Outplayed in both their opening games and lacking any consistent performers, a big improvement is required. Zach Merrett improved from his poor round one performance, but more is required from the team as a whole.
- North Melbourne (-1)
North Melbourne certainly improved after being smashed by Fremantle in round one, but they still have a lot of work to do. A number of their stars performed well against Brisbane including Shaun Higgins and Ben Cunnington, but it seems there are still a few passengers in the side that aren’t pulling their weight. Whether Brad Scott pulls the trigger with changes at the selection table remains to be seen, but with tough fixtures ahead North could be in for a tough time.
- Gold Coast (+1)
Many predicted that Gold Coast would struggle to win games and may win none at all. Their performances through two rounds suggest that they could be competitive instead. Both their games have been decided by less than a goal, with the Suns being on the right side of the score against the Dockers.
- Carlton (-1)
Carlton have been better than 18th place would suggest. They have been in both contests before falling away in the final quarter. Sam Walsh has slotted into their midfield seamlessly alongside the established names of Patrick Cripps and Ed Curnow. The injury to Charlie Curnow is a worry for Blues fans as he is set to miss time. However, fans will be pleased that there have been improvements all over the ground from the majority of their young players.