We're just two rounds into the AFL season and already we're seeing a number of surprises, arguably none bigger than the three clubs with new coaches - Carlton, Hawthorn and Collingwood - sitting at 2-0.

Each of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane also boast unblemished records, while there are five clubs still searching for a win - Western Bulldogs, West Coast, Adelaide, GWS, Essendon and Port Adelaide.

See where your team is at after the first two rounds of the season.

1. Melbourne

Their Round 1 win against the Bulldogs was emphatic, while their Round 2 victory over the Gold Coast was more workmanlike than anything else.

That said, the Dees always seemed in control and you can't start a premiership defence any better than winning your first two games.

Star midfielder Christian Petracca is in blistering form, young gun Luke Jackson seems to have gone to another level and an undermanned defence has given up just 140 points across the first two weeks.

It's only early, but Melbourne look well on track to go deep into September again.

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2. Sydney

Given GWS defeated the Swans by one point in an elimination final last year while the Cats made the preliminary final, the form lines around Sydney's perfect start to the season look strong.

Friday night was a remarkable evening, as Lance Franklin became the sixth player in the competition's history to kick 1000 goals.

That perhaps overshadowed the Swans' five-goal win, where they looked comfortable againts the Cats - who were 66-point winners in Round 1.

Isaac Heeney is in stellar form, the 'new guard' seem to have taken their game to another level and the early-season form of Paddy McCartin suggests the former No. 1 draft pick is an inspired signing.

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3. Brisbane

The Lions haven't appeared to hit their straps yet, which could be a worrying sign for the rest of the competition given they're 2-0.

Their Round 1 win over Port Adelaide looked good at the time, but Port has subsequently been thumped by Hawthorn and there are question marks over their Round 2 win over Essendon due to the Bombers' Round 1 thumping at the hands of Geelong.

However, all you can do is beat who you play and the Lions have done that, while 2020 Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale looks to be back to his best.

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4. Carlton

Perhaps the story of the opening fortnight is the form of the Blues under new coach Michael Voss.

Wins over the Tigers and Bulldogs have got supporters up and about, with many already suggesting the club is bound for September action for the first time since 2013.

Whether the Blues can maintain their hot start to the season remains to be seen, but Patrick Cripps has started the season in career-best form - not to mention he has genuine midfield support with the likes of Sam Walsh, Adam Cerra, Matthew Kennedy and George Hewett all playing well.

In Tom De Koning, Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay, the Blues have genuine targets inside 50, while the early-season form of former skipper Sam Docherty will continue to serve as an inspiration.

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5. Hawthorn

Few had high - if any - expectations of the Hawks going into 2022, and even the most ardent of supporters couldn't have imagined started the season 2-0.

The win over fellow bottom four fancies North Melbourne in Round 1 didn't raise too many eyebrows, but many sat up and took notice after they dished out a 64-point hammering to 2021 preliminary finalists Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

The team, under club legend Sam Mitchell, seems to be playing with a sense of togetherness, while young forward Mitch Lewis appears ready to deliver on the promise he showed in 2019.

6 Collingwood

Another club that had little to no expectation thrust upon them entering 2022, but one that also sits at 2-0 after the opening fortnight.

New coach Craig McRae looks to have galvanised the playing group and the Pies have an established brand - something you could say the club lacked in the final days under former coach Nathan Buckley.

You could be a wet blanket and suggest the Pies have only beaten St Kilda and Adelaide, last year's 10th and 15th-placed sides. However, Collingwood themselves finished second-last, winning just six games for the year.

Regardless of the win-loss record in a month's time, there's a sense of optimism already among Pies fans that McRae is the right man for the job.

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7. Geelong

Last season's preliminary finalists showed their ageing list was ready for another premiership tilt with a 66-point thumping of Essendon in Round 1.

They were well-held by the high-flying Swans in Round 2, beaten by five goals, but while they never looked a genuine winning chance, they were far from disgraced.

In their next five games, the Cats face three of last year's bottom five sides in Collingwood, Hawthorn and North Melbourne. Despite the hot form of the Hawks and Pies, the Cats will fancy themselves in all three matches.

Given they would also be confident of getting the points when hosting Brisbane and Fremantle, it wouldn't surprise to see the Cats start the year with a 6-1 record.

8. Richmond

There were mixed expectations on the Tigers entering 2022, some suggesting the 2017, 2019 and 2020 premiers would bounce back up the ladder while others suggested their best days were behind them.

A Round 1 defeat to the in-form Blues saw many write them off, but it's worth noting the Tigers were in-front at three-quarter time of that game.

Given an undermanned side were comfortable winners over GWS on Sunday, there's no reason to write off the Tigers - yet.

That said, the club will be hoping superstar Dustin Martin - who is currently taking personal leave from the club - will return sooner rather than later.

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9. Western Bulldogs

The Bulldogs were no match for Melbourne in the grand final rematch which served as the season opener, a loss which was perhaps overshadowed by coach Luke Beveridge losing his cool at former Fox Footy journalist Tom Morris in the post-game press conference.

Despite finishing strongly, they were also no match for Carlton in Round 2 - although a two-goal loss doesn't look bad on paper given the Blues defeated Richmond by 25 points in Round 1.

It doesn't get easier for the Doggies however, hosting the red-hot Swans this week before playing Richmond the week after.

An 0-4 start to the season would be disastrous, but after that they do face North Melbourne, Adelaide and Essendon.

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10. Gold Coast

A brave win over an undermanned West Coast in Round 1 was followed up but another brave performance in Round 2, going down but just 13 points to reigning premiers Melbourne.

While they will continue to miss star forward Ben King, who is out for the year with an ACL injury sustained during pre-season, the club will be buoyed by the continued form of Touk Miller and the promising signs shown by young gun Matt Rowell.

With GWS, Carlton, St Kilda, Brisbane and Collingwood to come in their next five, we'll have a good guide by Round 7 on whether Gold Coast have actually improved or will again remain stuck in the bottom half of the ladder.

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11. St Kilda

It's been a familiar story for Saints fans over the first fortnight, dropping a game they were expected to win against Collingwood before winning a game they were expected to lose against Fremantle.

The Saints' usage continues to be a concern as they waste the ball moving forward, but, in young gun Max King and mature-age recruit Jack Hayes, they have a pair of talls who look capable of hitting the scoreboard.

Another injury setback to Dan Hannebery is yet another familiar story for Saints fans, who will be hopeful of winning at least three of their next five - the Saints are due to play Richmond, Hawthorn, Gold Coast, GWS and Port Adelaide.

Finish those five with a positive win/loss ledger and the pressure will be off senior coach Brett Ratten ... for now.

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12. Port Adelaide

Things have gone from bad to worse for Port Adelaide, who have suffered home preliminary final defeats over the past two seasons.

While a Round 1 loss to Brisbane at the Gabba is nothing to be ashamed of - they did lead by 15 points at three-quarter time - their Round 2 thrashing at home at the hands of Hawthorn was nothing other than a disaster.

There was already pressure on Ken Hinkley after those consecutive preliminary final defeats and a 0-2 start certainly hasn't helped his cause.

Most suggest Port are better than what they've shown in the opening fortnight, but they'll need to prove it in Friday night's Showdown against Adelaide.

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13. Fremantle

A pair of third-quarter fade-outs has seen Fremantle give up a commanding position in both of their games so far.

In Round 1 against Adelaide, they went from 25-point leaders at half-time to trailing by 10 points at three-quarter time but were able to come away with a one-point win.

However, they couldn't escape in Round 2 against the Saints, giving up a two-goal half-time lead and letting in six goals in the third-quarter before going down by 10 points.

Their good has been very good in both games so far, but the reality is they should be 2-0, and they'll need to capitalise on what, on paper, is a relatively easy run against West Coast, GWS, Essendon, Carlton and Geelong.

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14. GWS

What do we make of GWS?

Semi-finalists in 2021, they were in the game until the final term against cross-town rivals Sydney in Round 1 before never looking likely as they fell to Richmond in Round 2 to the tune of 36 points.

They continue to miss co-captain Toby Greene, who was suspended for six weeks for forceful contact with umpire Matt Stevic during GWS' one-point elimination final over the Swans.

The early-season form of youngster Tom Green is more than encouraging, but the Giants need to get some wins on the board quickly if they're to contend in 2022.

And, with Gold Coast, Fremantle, Melbourne, St Kilda and Adelaide in their next five, they'll be confident of doing so.

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15. Adelaide

There are no real expectations on the Crows this year, with many predicting them to finish in the bottom four, and things would feel very different had they snuck over the line against the Dockers in Round 1.

That said, they were comprehensively defeated by Collingwood in Round 2, going down by 42-points against a side who just two weeks ago was seen to be on a similar level.

A loss in Friday night's Showdown, which sees both sides enter the game winless, would see pressure intensify on the club, while a win would not only keep the media at bay but would provide a much-needed confidence boost.

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16. Essendon

'Promise the world, deliver an atlas.'

That could be the new motto on Essendon's crest.

Their Round 1 performance was simply diabolical and non-competitive as they went down to Geelong by 66-points.

Their Round 2 effort was better, pushing Brisbane for most of the game, but the reality is the Bombers went from leading by 22-points at quarter time to losing by the same margin.

It doesn't get any easier in Round 3, facing the reigning premiers in Melbourne, and there's a very real possibility they'll be 0-3 when they face Adelaide in Round 4.

Plain and simply, the pressure is already on.

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17. West Coast

An injury-riddled side lost to the Gold Coast at home in Round 1, in a performance where the club lost no admirers.

What happened next was simply farcical, with players who had literally never even trained with the club called into the line-up to face North Melbourne as a number of stars were forced into the AFL's health and safety protocols.

A 15-point defeat was almost as good as a win, and there is hope the club's fortunes can improve as they regain the services of a number of their better players.

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18. North Melbourne

A match against Hawthorn in Round 1, with both sides expected to struggle for wins in 2022, was seen as a realistic winning hope - but the in-form Hawks proved too strong, running out 20-point winners.

They then simply had to win their Round 2 game against West Coast, who were forced into a number of changes.

They got the job done, which to be fair is all you can ask them to do, but the 15-point win was less than inspiring and the reality is they needed to win by more.

While there are silver linings on the North Melbourne cloud, what we've seen so far suggests the 2022 cloud will remain relatively dark.

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