After a long season, with plenty of elite performances, we can finally crown a winner in the 2021 Zero Hanger MVP!

Four members from our team – Mitch Keating (Editor), Ed Carmine (Deputy Editor), Ed Lemmo (Digital Producer) and Nick Splitter (General Manager) have voted 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for the best players on the ground for every match of the season.

So without any further ado, catch up on all the votes from the final week of the 2021 AFL Home & Away Season and check out the Zero Hanger MVP leaderboard below!

Western Bulldogs 64 def by Port Adelaide 66

Friday night saw the mighty Port Adelaide secure a spot in the top two.

Despite the majority of the match being in favour of the Dogs, the brilliance of star trio Ollie Wines, Travis Boak, and Robbie Gray proved too much for Luke Beveridge's side.

The win will see Port not only receive two chances at finals, but a game at their home stadium, putting them in the best possible position for finals. The same can not be said for the Western Bulldogs, whose performance positions them outside the top four despite being in it all year.

Ed Carmine: 5. Travis Boak, 4. Ollie Wines, 3. Robbie Gray, 2. Scott Lycett, 1. Connor Rozee.

Mitch Keating: 5. Travis Boak, 4. Ollie Wines, 3. Robbie Gray, 2. Caleb Daniel, 1. Lachie Hunter.

Ed Lemmo: 5. Ollie Wines, 4. Travis Boak, 3. Robbie Gray, 2. Lachie Hunter, 1. Jack Macrae.

Nick Splitter: 5. Ollie Wines, 4. Jack Macrae, 3. Travis Boak, 2. Robbie Gray, 1. Lachie Hunter.

OLLIE WINES
Midfield
Port Adelaide
ROUND 23 STATS
34
Disposals
9
Tackles
4
Clearances

Richmond 83 drew with Hawthorn 83

It was a remarkable outcome for both clubs at the MCG on Saturday.

Despite the Hawks leading by 31 points before the fourth quarter, Jack Riewoldt's equalising goal with just eighteen seconds left of play left Alistair Clarkson and veteran Shaun Burgoyne without their fairytale finish.

The game was also the last for Tigers veterans David Astbury and Bachar Houli.

Ed Carmine: 5. Tom Mitchell, 4. Jaeger O'Meara, 3. Chad Wingard, 2. Jack Ross, 1. Daniel Howe.

Mitch Keating: 5. Chad Wingard, 4. Jaeger O'Meara, 3. Tom Mitchell, 2. Jayden Short, 1. Jack Ross.

Ed Lemmo: 5. Jaeger O'Meara, 4. Chad Wingard, 3. Tom Mitchell, 2. Jack Ross, 1. Jack Graham.

Nick Splitter: 5. Jaeger O'Meara, 4. Tom Mitchell, 3. Chad Wingard, 2. Jack Ross, 1. David Astbury.

Gold Coast 49 def by Sydney 136

Sydney look well and truly ready for the finals after smashing the Suns by an impressive 87 points at Marvel Stadium.

Franklin was extraordinary up front after kicking an impressive six goals, taking his career tally up to 992, making him just eight away from becoming just the sixth man to kick 1000 goals in VFL/AFL history.

Jordan Dawson and Touk Miller were both also exceptional in the midfield for both their teams, with Miller continuing his record-breaking 30+ disposal streak for the 16th week in a row.

Ed Carmine: 5. Touk Miller, 4. Jordan Dawson, 3. Lance Franklin, 2. Jake Lloyd, 1. Isaac Heeney.

Mitch Keating: 5. Jordan Dawson, 4. Lance Franklin, 3. Touk Miller, 2. Jake Lloyd, 1. Justin McInerney.

Ed Lemmo: 5. Jordan Dawson, 4. Jake Lloyd, 3. Touk Miller, 2. Lance Armstrong, 1. Luke Parker.

Nick Splitter: 5. Jordan Dawson, 4. Touk Miller, 3. Lance Franklin, 2. Justin McInerney, 1. Jake Lloyd.

West Coast 87 def by Brisbane 125

In a dramatic final 30 seconds of footy, the Brisbane Lions have secured a place in the top four.

Lincoln McCarthy’s behind not only made up the 0.1 percentage difference needed to secure a double chance at finals, but completely knocked the Eagles out of the eight.

Lions skipper Dayne Zorko and midfielders Neale and Rich were particularly influential in securing the win. Nic Naitanui was also exceptional for the Eagles, securing 24 disposals.

Ed Carmine: 5. Nic Naitanui, 4. Daniel Rich, 3. Lachie Neale, 2. Jarryd Lyons, 1. Dayne Zorko.

Mitch Keating: 5. Jarryd Lyons, 4. Nic Naitanui, 3. Dayne Zorko, 2. Daniel Rich, 1. Lachie Neale.

Ed Lemmo: 5. Lachie Neale, 4. Nic Naitanui, 3. Daniel Rich, 2. Jarryd Lyons, 1. Dayne Zorko.

Nick Splitter: 5. Nic Naitanui, 4. Daniel Rich, 3. Jarryd Lyons, 2. Dayne Zorko, 1. Joe Daniher.

Geelong 77 def by Melbourne 81

Max Gawn has given the Dees their first Minor Premiership since 1964.

Despite being down four points with just a minute left of play, the skipper's magnificent mark within the dying moments of the game not only secured Melbourne the win but created arguably the best moment in the entire round.

Oliver and Gawn were exceptional for the Demons. Oliver collected an impressive 39 disposals, nine clearances, and two goals, whilst the skipper had an exceptional 25 disposals at halftime alone.

Ed Carmine: 5. Clayton Oliver, 4. Max Gawn, 3. Jake Lever, 2. Joel Selwood, 1. Cameron Guthrie.

Mitch Keating: 5. Clayton Oliver, 4. Max Gawn, 3. Joel Selwood, 2. Jake Lever, 1. Isaac Smith.

Ed Lemmo: 5. Max Gawn, 4. Clayton Oliver, 3. Joel Selwood, 2. Jake Lever, 1. Christian Petracca.

Nick Splitter: 5. Max Gawn, 4. Clayton Oliver, 3. Jake Lever, 2. Joel Selwood, 1. Tom Hawkins.

CLAYTON OLIVER
Midfield
Melbourne
ROUND 23 STATS
37
Disposals
7
Tackles
9
Clearances

Carlton 75 def by GWS 89

Greater Western Sydney have secured a spot in the eight and will play finals footy.

Despite a slow start, Kelly and Taranto were sure to keep the Giants in the game. Callan Ward was particularly exceptional for the Giants, kicking two fourth quarter goals and finishing with 28 disposals, seven clearances and 12 score involvement.

The game was also the last for Carlton legend Eddie Betts, who managed to kick two last goals for his 350th and final game of AFL footy.

Ed Carmine: 5. Josh Kelly, 4. Tim Taranto, 3. Callan Ward, 2. Sam Walsh, 1. Jacob Hopper.

Mitch Keating: 5. Callan Ward, 4. Tim Taranto, 3. Josh Kelly, 2. Ed Curnow, 1. Isaac Cumming.

Ed Lemmo: 5. Callan Ward, 4. Josh Kelly, 3. Sam Walsh, 2. Ed Curnow, 1. Jacob Hopper.

Nick Splitter: 5. Josh Kelly, 4. Callan Ward, 3. Tim Taranto, 2. Isaac Cumming, 1. Sam Walsh.

Fremantle 49 def by St Kilda 107

The Saints sunk all finals hopes for the Dockers on Sunday in Tasmania.

Despite Fremantle having more to play for, the Saints were too good for the tired Dockers, securing their biggest win of the season.

Jack Steele finished the season for his club in the best form possible, winning an excellent 35 disposals, six clearances and six inside 50s.

Ed Carmine: 5. Jack Steele, 4. Zak Jones, 3. Cooper Sharman, 2. Rowan Marshall, 1. Caleb Serong.

Mitch Keating: 5. Jack Steele, 4. Rowan Marshall, 3. Cooper Sharman, 2. Zak Jones, 1. Caleb Serong.

Ed Lemmo: 5. Jack Steele, 4. Rowan Marshall, 3. Zak Jones, 2. Caleb Serong, 1. Cooper Sharman.

Nick Splitter: 5. Jack Steele, 4. Rowan Marshall, 3. Cooper Sharman, 2. Zak Jones, 1. Tim Membrey.

JACK STEELE
Midfield
St Kilda
ROUND 23 STATS
36
Disposals
6
Tackles
6
Clearances

Collingwood 64 def by Essendon 102

Essendon's 38-point victory over the Magpies has secured them a spot in the 2021 AFL finals.

Devon Smith played his seasons best on Sunday, kicking two goals and assisting in 10 score involvements. Stringer was also among the Bombers best after having an impressive 24 disposals, two goals and six clearances.

After not winning a final in 17 years, the Bombers come into this final series hungry and in arguably their best and most confident form.

Ed Carmine: 5. Taylor Adams, 4. Jake Stringer, 3. Zach Merrett, 2. Devon Smith, 1. Mason Redman.

Mitch Keating: 5. Devon Smith, 4. Jake Stringer, 3. Taylor Adams, 2. Dyson Heppell, 1. Zach Merrett.

Ed Lemmo: 5. Devon Smith, 4. Jake Stringer, 3. Taylor Adams, 2. Zach Merrett, 1. Tom Cutler.

Nick Splitter: 5. Devon Smith, 4. Jake Stringer, 3. Taylor Adams, 2. Zach Merrett, 1. Tom Cutler.

North Melbourne 54 def by Adelaide 98

The Crows jumped an impressive two spots on the ladder on Sunday night, after a 44-point victory over the wooden-spooners.

After a dramatic year for the Adelaide Crows, the team were able to get their fairy tale finish.

An exceptional three goals from McAdam's combined with the midfield mastery of Ben Keays proved to be too good for the Roo's, who leave the 2021 season with just four wins.

Ed Carmine: 5. Rory Laird, 4. Ben Keays, 3. Rory Sloane, 2. Jy Simpkin, 1. Aaron Hall.

Mitch Keating: 5. Ben Keays, 4. Rory Laird, 3. Tarryn Thomas, 2. Rory Sloane, 1. Aaron Hall.

Ed Lemmo: 5. Ben Keays, 4. Rory Laird, 3. Tarryn Thomas, 2. Rory Sloane, 1. Aaron Hall.

Nick Splitter: 5. Ben Keays, 4. Rory Laird, 3. Rory Sloane, 2. Tarryn Thomas, 1. Harry Schoenberg.

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