Zero Hanger's MVP award is back for the 2024 AFL season, with the Opening Round seeing Gold Coast's Matthew Rowell take an early lead.

The shorter four-game round has seen Rowell become the first and only player to notch up a perfect game for the season so far, while Sydney pair Isaac Heeney and Brodie Grundy, as well as GWS forward Callum Brown, sit on the podium and also earn an early headstart.

Rowell's record-breaking outing against Richmond saw him poll five votes from all four of our experts, while fellow Suns onballers Noah Anderson and Touk Miller also polled strongly.

Gold Coast spearhead Ben King polled 12 votes for his five-goal performance, with the key forward tied with Brown atop the Coleman Medal race after the first four games.

Brown polled 18 votes for his efforts in Saturday's win over Collingwood, with fellow forward Brent Daniels and star midfielder Tom Green also among the Giants' best.

Carlton's key forward pairing of Harry McKay and Charlie Curnow led the way for the Blues, with the latter polling 15 votes, while Brisbane duo Lachie Neale and Darcy Wilmot were also among the vote-getters from the narrow clash.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09: Matt Rowell of the Suns in action during the 2024 AFL Opening Round match between the Gold Coast SUNS and the Richmond Tigers at People First Stadium on March 09, 2024 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Thursday's clash between Sydney and Melbourne has seen Swans teammates Brodie Grundy and Isaac Heeney tied with 18 votes each.

Melbourne's Jack Viney was unanimously voted as the next best player on the field, while Demons Steven May managed to pick up a pair of votes.

Criteria: Each week Zero Hanger experts Mitch Keating, Ed Carmine, Aidan Cellini and Nick Splitter will vote on every match from the weekend, with votes given out in a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 system for each game, meaning the maximum number of votes any player can record in any game is 20.

Sydney vs Melbourne

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Aidan Cellini Nick Splitter
5 Isaac Heeney Isaac Heeney Brodie Grundy Brodie Grundy
4 Brodie Grundy Brodie Grundy Isaac Heeney Isaac Heeney
3 Jack Viney Jack Viney Jack Viney Jack Viney
2 Nick Blakey Nick Blakey Chad Warner Chad Warner
1 Steven May Steven May Nick Blakey James Rowbottom


Brisbane vs Carlton

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Aidan Cellini Nick Splitter
5 Harry McKay Charlie Curnow Charlie Curnow George Hewett
4 Patrick Cripps Patrick Cripps Dayne Zorko Dayne Zorko
3 Zac Bailey Darcy Wilmot Darcy Wilmot Charlie Curnow
2 Charlie Curnow Lachie Neale Lachie Neale Harry McKay
1 Darcy Wilmot Harry McKay Patrick Cripps Lachie Neale

Gold Coast vs Richmond

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Aidan Cellini Nick Splitter
5 Matthew Rowell Matthew Rowell Matthew Rowell Matthew Rowell
4 Touk Miller Wil Powell Ben King Ben King
3 Ben King Sam Flanders Wil Powell Wil Powell
2 Noah Anderson Noah Anderson Touk Miller Jacob Hopper
1 Wil Powell Ben King Noah Anderson Noah Anderson

GWS vs Collingwood

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Aidan Cellini Nick Splitter
5 Brent Daniels Callum M Brown Callum M Brown Tom Green
4 Callum M Brown Tom Green Brent Daniels Callum M Brown
3 Darcy Cameron Jesse Hogan Tom Green Stephen Coniglio
2 Tom Green Brent Daniels Darcy Cameron Darcy Cameron
1 Nick Daicos Nick Daicos Nick Daicos Brent Daniels