Each round this season, the Zero Hanger team - consisting of editor Mitch Keating, senior reporter Jack Fitzpatrick, general manager Nick Splitter, and deputy editor Ed Carmine - will vote on every game to establish our AFL MVP for 2022.

Votes will be given out on a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 system for each game, meaning the maximum score any player can record in any game is 20.

Round 2 offered a number of unexpected results, and with it came unexpected players stepping onto the big stage to deliver their side four points.

Blue Patrick Cripps and Demon Christian Petracca backed up their 20-vote performances in Round 1 with further best-on-ground outings against the Bulldogs and Suns respectively.


Here are the Round 2 MVP votes for each game.

Western Bulldogs vs Carlton

Patrick Cripps looks to be at the peak of his powers this season, displaying a second successive best-on-ground performance in dismantling the Bulldogs on Thursday night. The Carlton captain was again supported by his midfield ensemble of George Hewett and Matt Kennedy, who have also featured among the votes in consecutive weeks.

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Jack Fitzpatrick Nick Splitter
5 Patrick Cripps Patrick Cripps Patrick Cripps Patrick Cripps
4 George Hewett George Hewett Harry McKay Charlie Curnow
3 Charlie Curnow Charlie Curnow Ed Curnow George Hewett
2 Tim English Matthew Kennedy Jack Macrae Harry McKay
1 Jack Macrae Tim English Matthew Kennedy Tom Liberatore

Sydney vs Geelong

On a night that will go down in history, plenty of Swans players stood up to the occasion as Lance Franklin booted his milestone major to reach 1000 career goals. Isaac Heeney's blistering form rolled into the win over Geelong, while Callum Mills was accountable in negating Cats star Patrick Dangerfield while winning his own ball.

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Jack Fitzpatrick Nick Splitter
5 Callum Mills Isaac Heeney Isaac Heeney Isaac Heeney
4 Isaac Heeney Callum Mills Callum Mills Callum Mills
3 Errol Gulden Errol Gulden Paddy McCartin Errol Gulden
2 Chad Warner Paddy McCartin Errol Gulden Lance Franklin
1 Bradley Close Lance Franklin Lance Franklin Paddy McCartin

Collingwood vs Adelaide

The Magpies notched up their second win in as many weeks as they impress under new senior coach Craig McRae. The seven-goal win over Adelaide saw incumbent trio Jack Crisp, Scott Pendlebury and Steele Sidebottom shine, while Crows midfielder Ben Keays was a standout for the away side.

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Jack Fitzpatrick Nick Splitter
5 Jack Crisp Jack Crisp Jack Crisp Ben Keays
4 Scott Pendlebury Scott Pendlebury Scott Pendlebury Jack Crisp
3 Ben Keays Ben Keays Ben Keays Jeremy Howe
2 Jack Ginnivan Jack Ginnivan Steele Sidebottom Scott Pendlebury
1 Steele Sidebottom Beau McCreery Jeremy Howe Jack Ginnivan

Essendon vs Brisbane

Lachie Neale has quickly placed himself back into Brownlow contention, enjoying a dominant evening against a hapless Essendon engine room. Collecting 41 disposals and booting two goals, Neale was earned unanimous votes as the best-afield from Saturday's clash.

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Jack Fitzpatrick Nick Splitter
5 Lachie Neale Lachie Neale Lachie Neale Lachie Neale
4 Dayne Zorko Daniel Rich Dayne Zorko Dayne Zorko
3 Daniel Rich Dayne Zorko Hugh McCluggage Daniel Rich
2 Jake Kelly Hugh McCluggage Daniel Rich Hugh McCluggage
1 Hugh McCluggage Jarryd Lyons Peter Wright Darcy Parish

Port Adelaide vs Hawthorn

A stunning upset saw the Hawks soar into top spot on the ladder after Round 2, with many thanks coming toward key forward Mitchell Lewis. Along with Jack Gunston and Dylan Moore, Lewis was a constant threat as Hawthorn entered their attacking third at Adelaide Oval.

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Jack Fitzpatrick Nick Splitter
5 Mitchell Lewis Mitchell Lewis Mitchell Lewis James Sicily
4 James Sicily Tom Mitchell Jack Gunston Mitchell Lewis
3 Travis Boak Travis Boak James Sicily Jack Scrimshaw
2 Jack Scrimshaw Dylan Moore Tom Mitchell Travis Boak
1 Dylan Moore James Sicily Dylan Moore Dylan Moore

Gold Coast vs Melbourne

After a 20-vote outing in the season opener, Demons superstar Christian Petracca backed up his scintillating performance with a 40+ disposal night in handing the Suns their first loss of the year. Ruck-forward Luke Jackson continued on his meteoric rise, while young defender Jake Bowey was also among the lead ball winners in the victory.

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Jack Fitzpatrick Nick Splitter
5 Christian Petracca Christian Petracca Christian Petracca Christian Petracca
4 Luke Jackson Luke Jackson Luke Jackson Jake Bowey
3 Touk Miller Jake Bowey Jake Bowey Luke Jackson
2 Jake Bowey Clayton Oliver Touk Miller Touk Miller
1 Clayton Oliver Touk Miller Clayton Oliver Clayton Oliver

North Melbourne vs West Coast

The severely undermanned Eagles stuck with North Melbourne until the end in what was a valiant effort away from home. Roo Nick Larkey took advantage of the occasions, booting six majors while recruit Hugh Greenwood impressed in midfield.

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Jack Fitzpatrick Nick Splitter
5 Nick Larkey Nick Larkey Nick Larkey Nick Larkey
4 Hugh Greenwood Hugh Greenwood Jack Ziebell Willie Rioli
3 Jack Ziebell Willie Rioli Willie Rioli Aaron Hall
2 Willie Rioli Jack Ziebell Hugh Greenwood Hugh Greenwood
1 Jeremy McGovern Liam Duggan Luke Shuey Luke Shuey

Richmond vs Greater Western Sydney

The Tigers pounced back onto the winner's list on Sunday in what was a strong four-quarter effort by Damien Hardwick's men. Defender Jayden Short ran the show from the back third, while forward pair Noah Balta and Tom Lynch combined for seven goals.

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Jack Fitzpatrick Nick Splitter
5 Jayden Short Jayden Short Jayden Short Jayden Short
4 Trent Cotchin Tom Green Josh Kelly Josh Kelly
3 Noah Balta Noah Balta Tom Green Noah Balta
2 Tom Green Shai Bolton Shai Bolton Nathan Broad
1 Josh Kelly Josh Kelly Noah Balta Tom Green

Fremantle vs St Kilda

The Saints and Dockers will both enter Round 3 with one win and one loss after the former were able to notch up a come-from-behind victory at Optus Stadium. Josh Battle enjoyed a career-best outing, while Fremantle midfielder Andrew Brayshaw did everything he could to keep the game in the balance.

Mitch Keating Ed Carmine Jack Fitzpatrick Nick Splitter
5 Josh Battle Andrew Brayshaw Andrew Brayshaw Josh Battle
4 Andrew Brayshaw Josh Battle Max King Andrew Brayshaw
3 Max King Max King Josh Battle Max King
2 Luke Ryan Luke Ryan Luke Ryan Luke Ryan
1 Bradley Hill Bradley Hill Bradley Hill Daniel McKenzie