The experienced defender was exactly that on Saturday as the Blues prevailed over the Cats. In a relatively low scoring game, the Cats were held to just two goals against the Carlton defence, with Harrington herself finishing the game with 23 disposals, nine marks and five tackles.
Like Harrington, the Cats skipper was influential down the other end of the ground as the Carlton forward line began to fire. Despite having little of the ball herself with just five disposals to her name at the final siren, McDonald held last years leading goal scorer Darcy Vescio scoreless.
For the second week in a row the Saints skipper stood tall in the face of a firing opposition. The 29-year-old had 16 influential disposals, six contested, and four tackles, but couldn't do enough alone to stop the six goal onslaught from a strong Collingwood outfit.
Melbourne excelled around the ground throughout their 16-point win against the Tigers, with Birch holding her own down back against a strong Richmond forward unit. The former Bulldog finished the evening with 14 disposals, six of those contested, and three marks.
The Dockers enjoyed one of the strongest wins in Round 2 with their 32-point demolition of the Giants, with those across the ground delivering strong efforts. Down back, Pugh continued her consistency from 2021 as the Giants faltered, finding themselves held to just two goals. Pugh finished her afternoon with 13 disposals, ten kicks and a career best 259 metres gained.
Prespakis has seemingly taken no backwards steps in 2022, continuing the form that has made her a dual All-Australian. The 21-year-old's outing against Geelong was no different, matching up against her sister for the first time the senior Prespakis collected a casual 29 disposals, four marks and three tackles.
Next time, @carltonfc_w, next time…
Great game by the Prespakis sisters 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/QKB4G2h7uG
— Geelong Cats Womens (@catswomens) January 15, 2022
The ever reliant Giant was a shining light in a disappointing loss to Fremantle, performing as one of the Giants' best. The skipper had a game high 26 disposals and two marks in the standout performance, along with two tackles, but wasn't enough to get her side over the line.
In just her second game, young Docker East was prolific throughout the midfield inspiring her side to a 32-point win. The 19-year-old starred in the first half as Freo's best, finishing the outing with 11 disposals, eight tackles, three clearances and a goal of her own.
We've found a player in Dana East.
— Fremantle Dockers AFLW (@freodockersAFLW) January 16, 2022
Another second gamer put on a show in Round 2 with 26-year-old Bohanna holding her own in the Gold Coast forward line. In their 13-point comeback win over the Eagles, the Suns saved the best for last with Bohanna kicking her three goals to inspire her teammates over the finish line, with her 13 disposals and four tackles just an extra bonus.
The other half of the Gold Coast comeback, small forward Surman's two late goals were instrumental in the Suns' win over the Eagles. Having kicked just five goals in her career prior to the Eagles match, and remaining scoreless since Round 6 in 2021, Surman's 14 disposals and two goals combined to produce one of the best games of her career.
— Michael Willson (@MichaelCWillson) January 16, 2022
For the second week in a row Woodland has been an imposing target in the Crows forward line, making the difference at the final siren. Against the Kangaroos, where Adelaide won by 13 points, Woodland used her undeniable talent to collect 13 disposals, seven marks and a game high four goals.
— Adelaide Crows AFLW (@CrowsAFLW) January 9, 2022
While she's no stranger to the attacking 50, Bowers used her time in the forward line in Round 2 to hit the scoreboard against the Giants. The ball magnet collected 15 disposals and kicked a major, but her 12 tackles, a familiar statistic for the 30-year-old, remained one of the strengths of her game against the Giants.
Another Fremantle forward shined in the 32-point win, with long term Docker Houghton making her mark inside the attacking 50. As Fremantle controlled the ball the 28-year-old capitalised, ending her day with nine disposals and a 2.1 scorecard to her name.
Pearce has started consistently in her sixth season with the Demons, ending Round 2 as one of Melbourne's best on ground. Coming third in Melbourne's best and fairest in 2021, big things were always expected of Pearce heading into the new season and the 29-year-old has seemingly delivered so far. Against the Tigers Pearce finished with 17 hitouts, 11 disposals and was influential around the ground.
The Magpie was prolific in the 27-point win over the Saints, roaming around the ground to collect an impressive 26 disposals and seven marks. One of the best on field, Bonnici ended the match with ten tackles, an equal career best, and 498 metres gained.
— AFL Women's (@aflwomens) January 15, 2022
Continuing her exceptional form, Conti didn't put a foot wrong in Round 2 against Melbourne. In the 16-point loss Conti seemed unfazed, picking up 25 disposals, a game high, and kicking her first major since making the move to the Tigers in 2020.
Moody continued her impressive start to 2022 into Round 2, working well with her in form Blues midfield. Moody dominated in the ruck, finishing with 22 hitouts, while also managing 12 disposals and four marks.
The ever reliable Swanson continued her solid form in Round 2 finishing the game as one of the Eagles' best. With 20 disposals to her name Swanson did her best to prevent the Suns surge, but even a team-high seven tackles couldn't apply enough pressure.
Like Woodland, another Crow shined in the forward line with Thompson combining with her teammate to run over the Kangaroos. The 29-year-old provided a good target inside 50, finishing with 15 disposals and a major to her name.
In game number two, Rowbottom delivered in spades for the Suns. The number 1 pick fit into her second game with ease, finishing the 13-point win against the Eagles with 17 disposals, three clearances and an impressive 12 tackles.
17 touches, 12 tackles, six inside 50s & your Tribal Performance Player of the Round.
Not a bad second game for 18-year-old Charlie Rowbottom 🔥 pic.twitter.com/gFagCgcxfn
— Gold Coast Suns (@GoldCoastSUNS) January 17, 2022