AFL Rd 2 - GWS v North Melbourne
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 14: Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos kicks a goal during the round 2 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at GIANTS Stadium on June 14, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

We continue on with out Zero Hanger MVP Awards…

For those that didn’t catch the Round 1 article (or forgot – granted it was three months ago!) voting will be a little different to your generic 3, 2, 1 structure.

We will judge the best players in the game across the entire round relative to their position. Every ruckman in the game will compete against each other for the 3,2 1, as will the forwards, midfielders and defenders.

This way, everyone gets their chance to poll votes and we avoid the dreaded curse of another midfielder’s award. And at the end of the season (if we ever get there), we will have a Ruckman of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, Forward of the Year, Defender of the Year and an overall MVP.

Ruckman

3. Max Gawn – The Melbourne skipper dominated Carlton debutant Marc Pittonet in the first quarter and played a key role in his team’s seven goals to none start. A game winning display Gawn gave his midfielders silver sevice.

2. Todd Goldstein – ‘Big Goldy’ was a key reason for North Melbourne’s upset win over GWS on Sunday. 19 disposals and goal were capped by three tackles for Goldstein, who has started the season on fire.

1. Rhys Stanley – Stanley was instrumental in the Cats first win of the season – the athletic big man pushed hard forward on Jonathan Ceglar and got free on countless occasions. 2 goals to go with 14 disposals were a nice cherry on a great week for Stanley, whose second child was born earlier in the week.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 14: Max Gawn of the Demons marks the ball during the round 17 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 14, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Forwards

3. Charlie Cameron – The 2019 All-Australian is different gravy – Cameron puts a fear into defenders unlike anyone in the competition. Cameron managed four goals in a best on ground display that saw the Lions sneak home on Saturday.

2. Gryan Miers – The crafty Geelong forward was at his dangerous best on Friday night, bagging three goals in a terrific performance. He has so much variety in front of goal. Set shot, or a tricky snap on his non-preferred left foot, he is hard to stop.

1. Tom Lynch – Hard to think a forward could be as productive as Lynch was when his team only managed five goals for the game. But when the Tigers needed a way back into the contest, Lynch stood tall. With Riewoldt nowhere to be seen, Lynch clawed the Tigers back into it with his three goals.

Defenders

3. Jacob Weitering – Weitering has arrived! The former number one draft pick kept Tom McDonald completely out of the game and was a key in getting Carlton’s forward half game going. He intercepted everything in sight and used the ball brilliantly.

2. Sam Collins – Tasked with keeping Josh Kennedy quiet, he silenced the Eagles big man. Kennedy managed just the one goal and a meek five disposals. A key in the Suns giant upset over the premiership fancies.

1. Brayden Maynard – The Collingwood small defenders had a huge job on their hands Thursday night and were terrifically led by Maynard. They shut the Richmond smalls out of the game and were instrumental in launching many of the Pies first half attacks. Maynard was a key to their rebounding all night.

Midfielders

3. Matt Rowell – It seems every year the draftees are more and more ready. Rowell was best on ground against the competition’s best midfield. Much like Sam Walsh the year before, Rowell has made an immediate impact – two goals and 26 disposals saw the Suns pull off the impossible.

2. Nathan Fyfe – Was key in keeping Fremantle in the game on Saturday – 3 goals from the midfield is beyond elite. He is arguably the game’s best player and was unstoppable against Brisbane. Huge efforts late in game nearly got his side over the line.

1. Christian Petracca – Petracca had a huge pre-season and has carried that form into the home and away season. He was huge in the first half against the Blues, using his body terrifically in the contest and was clean. His goal at the end of the third term was incredible and turned out to be the match winner when the Demons were stuck in mud.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – MAY 12: Nathan Fyfe of the Dockers looks on during the round eight AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the St Kilda Saints at Optus Stadium on May 12, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Leaderboards

Ruckman

1st – Todd Goldstein (4 votes)
2nd Brodie Grundy, Max Gawn (3 votes)
3rd – Rhys Stanley (2 votes)

Forwards

1st – Issac Heeney, Charlie Cameron (3 votes)
2nd – Gryan Miers, Jack Martin (2 votes)
3rd – Tom Lynch, Harry Perryman (1 vote)

Defenders

1st – Jacob Weitering, Shannon Hurn (3 votes)
2nd – Sam Collins, Darcy Byrne-Jones (2 votes)
3rd – Brayden Maynard, Adam Saad (1 vote)

Midfielders

1st – Matt Rowell, Ben Cunnington (3 votes),
2nd – Nathan Fyfe, Jack Viney (2 votes),
3rd – Christian Petracca, Patrick Cripps (1 vote)

MVP

1st – Todd Goldstein (4 votes)

2nd – Matt Rowell, Ben Cunnington, Jacob Weitering, Shannon Hurn, Issac Heeney, Charlie Cameron, Brodie Grundy, Max Gawn, Todd Goldstein (3 votes)

3rd – Sam Collins, Darcy Byrne-Jones, Nathan Fyfe, Jack Viney, Gryan Miers, Jack Martin (2 votes)