With the 2022 Brownlow Medal count edging closer, we thought we would revisit our Zero Hanger MVP voting and see where all 18 clubs ranked in total votes.
While the league ladder is a decent indicator of where clubs rank in total votes, there are multiple surprises throughout the list.
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So, without further ado, here is where all 18 clubs ranked in total votes, along with their best performers in 2022:
1. Melbourne (915 MVP votes)
The Demons led all AFL clubs in voting, with their whopping 915 votes ranking 14 better than the Cats.
Melbourne had three players poll over 100 votes, with top-five MVP finishers Clayton Oliver (202) and Christian Petracca (173) and skipper Max Gawn (115) making up over 53% of the votes at Demonland and ensuring the Dees claimed the top mantle.
2. Geelong Cats (901)
The Cats finished runners-up and joined Melbourne as the only two clubs in the league that polled over 900 votes as a team.
Star forward Jeremy Cameron (144) led the way at Geelong, while Cam Guthrie (121) also had a brilliant campaign.
3. Sydney Swans (861)
Callum Mills (182) and Chad Warner (128) were prolific through the midfield for the Swans this season and they polled accordingly, with both also likely to poll splendidly this coming Sunday.
4. Fremantle (845)
The Dockers fell just 16 votes shy of the Swans in total club votes, finishing fourth; an indication of their stellar 2022 campaign.
Brownlow Medal fancy and top-five MVP finisher Andy Brayshaw (191) topped the Dockers leaderboard, while star off-season recruit Will Brodie (114) wasn't too far behind.
5. Carlton (766)
Despite narrowly missing out on the finals, the Blues polled superbly as a whole, finishing fifth, just ahead of the Lions.
Unsurprisingly, joint MVP winner Patrick Cripps (210) and Sam Walsh (129) topped the Blues voting leaderboard and accounted for almost half of the club's total votes.
6. Brisbane Lions (761)
Lachie Neale (182), who figures to feature prominently on Brownlow Medal night this coming Sunday, was the Lions' leading vote-getter, while rising star Hugh McCluggage (134) backed him up.
7. Richmond (749)
Richmond finished seventh in total club votes, just as it did on the league ladder.
Tigers midfielders Shai Bolton (146) and Dion Prestia (131) led the polling at Tigerland this season, with Bolton's maiden All-Australian selection ensuring he will feature frequently on Brownlow Medal night.
8. St Kilda (699)
The Saints finished inside the top eight in total club votes despite missing the finals in 2022.
Jack Steele (108) and Jack Sinclair (103) both polled strongly after solid seasons, leading the way at Moorabbin.
9. Port Adelaide (683)
The Power, who polled more total votes than finals-finishers Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs, commence the list of teams that finished outside the top eight in total club votes.
Connor Rozee (141) led the way at Port Adelaide after capping off his 2022 season with an All-Australian squad selection, while 2021 Brownlow Medallist Ollie Wines (113) finished runner-up after a quieter campaign.
10. Western Bulldogs (673)
The Bulldogs are one of just two finals sides that finished outside the top eight in total club votes.
Josh Dunkley (100), Marcus Bontempelli (95), Tom Liberatore (87) and Bailey Smith (87) all earned over 85 votes this year, leading the way at The Kennel.
11. Gold Coast Suns (667)
Joint MVP winner Touk Miller (210) had another fabulous season in 2022, leading all Suns vote-getters as he figures to poll well this Sunday evening.
Noah Anderson (97) was the next-closest Sun to Miller.
12. Collingwood (639)
Like the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood made the finals but finished outside the top eight in total club votes.
It was tight at the top at the Pies, with Jack Crisp (85) just beating out Nick Daicos (84) for the top position.
13. Adelaide Crows (567)
Rory Laird (162) and Ben Keays (112) had fine seasons for the 13th-ranked Crows, almost making up the majority of the club's total votes.
14. GWS Giants (530)
The Giants are one of just three teams that didn't have a player poll over 100 votes this season.
Josh Kelly (94) was GWS' number one vote-getter this season, closely followed by Stephen Coniglio (85), who had quite the career resurrection in 2022 and will poll his fair share of votes on Brownlow Medal night.
15. Hawthorn (512)
Key defender and fan favourite James Sicily (102) was Hawthorn's top poller, while 2018 Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell (83) wasn't far behind.
16. Essendon (497)
The Bombers ranked third-last in total club votes, with midfielder Zach Merrett (106) far and away Essendon's leading vote-getter.
Merrett was one of just four Essendon players who polled upwards of 50 votes this season.
17. North Melbourne (340)
The Kangaroos ranked second-last in total club votes and had just two players poll more than 50 votes for the season.
Luke Davies-Uniacke (118) enjoyed a breakout season at Arden Street this season, with fellow midfielder Jy Simpkin (70) the next closest.
18. West Coast Eagles (275)
The Eagles had the least share of total club votes, with their 275 votes ranking dead last in the league.
Tom Barrass (45) polled the most votes, as West Coast had just three players poll more than 30 votes in 2022.