AFL 2023 Brownlow Medal Predictor - Round Two

Some more massive football came out of the weekend including a controversial finish to one match.

Round Two of the AFL saw a big upset to get the round started before close matches and blowouts were the flavour of the week. We are certainly starting to see who are the contenders and the pretenders this week.

The Edge of the Crowd writers have come together after the second round to submit their predicted Brownlow votes for Round Two.

Carlton Blues 90 Geelong Cats 82

3. Adam Saad - Carlton (3)

2. Jeremy Cameron - Geelong (2)

1. Patrick Cripps - Carlton (1)

Love it or hate it, Thursday night footy seems to be here to stay. But as long as it delivers great games like this we can all find the time after work. Finally, Carlton broke its nine-month losing streak when getting over Geelong by eight points.

Adam Saad was the leader of the pack in this match with his 29 touches. It's not all about touches though, it's about the impact and he had plenty of that with 608 metres gained off halfback.

He might have been on the losing side but you can't go past a bag of goals from Jeremy Cameron. His six goals and 25 disposals were hard to go past and if it weren't for the loss he probably would have three votes. Patrick Cripps was as consistent as ever with 27 touches and six clearances to get the final vote.

Brisbane Lions 93 Melbourne Demons 82

3. Clayton Oliver - Melbourne (6)

2. Will Ashcroft - Brisbane (2)

1. Dayne Zorko - Brisbane (1)

The lights may have gone out at the Gabba on Friday night but the Lions certainly didn't lose their electricity getting over the top of the Demons by 11 points. While the Demons managed to come back late it just wasn't enough to get over the home side who pushed out a big lead before the lights went out.

It's not often a player from the losing side gets three votes but Clayton Oliver continued to prove why he's the favourite to win the Brownlow. 37 touches, five tackles and 774 metres gained were the stat lines from the man who is doing well in tandem with the likes of Christian Petracca.

Will Ashcroft went head to head with Oliver for much of the night and got plenty of the ball himself; 31 touches and a massive nine clearances. Dayne Zorko finished the match with 22 touches, nine marks, a couple of goals, and 440 metres run before being subbed off before the fourth quarter.

Collingwood Magpies 135 Port Adelaide Power 64

3. Nick Daicos - Collingwood (6)

2. Tom Mitchell - Collingwood (2)

1. Josh Daicos - Collingwood (1)

The Power seemed to go out both on Friday night at the Gabba and on Saturday afternoon in Melbourne. The Power couldn't back up a good win in week one and the Pies showed why they are right up there as premiership favourites this season.

It's the three men in the middle to get votes this week for the Pies with each of them simply dominating the midfield. Nick Daicos was the clear best of the trio though with 32 touches, a couple of tackles and 661 metres gained.

Tom Mitchell also did plenty of work kicking a goal along with 27 touches and eight clearances. His disposals are down from his Hawthorn days but his effectiveness seems to be way up. It's the other Daicos - Josh - who gets the final vote with a couple of goals and 574 metres gained for the dangerous Pies.

Adelaide Crows 76 Richmond Tigers 108

3. Rory Laird - Adelaide (3)

2. Noah Balta - Richmond (2)

1. Tim Taranto - Richmond (3)

Adelaide is certainly on the improve from last season but still has some work to do to compete with sides like Richmond. It was a see-saw of a match with the Crows down by 45 points at one stage before getting the deficit down to just one point in the last quarter.

Another player who gets the three votes despite not getting the win is Rory Laird. A great game for the fantasy fans from Laird who had a massive 39 touches with seven clearances on his way to 349 metres gained.

Noah Balta gets the two votes for an effective yet small effort with just 13 touches. He had five intercept possessions (12 in total) in the final quarter as the Crows were making a charge late, while also taking 10 marks along the way. Tim Taranto was the other major ball-winner in the match with 28 touches and eight tackles, a good effort all around.

Western Bulldogs 41 St Kilda Saints 92

3. Jack Sinclair - St Kilda (3)

2. Mattaes Phillipou - St Kilda (2)

1. Bailey Smith - Western Bulldogs (1)

There was no leaking from the Saints this week with their defence being super tight to keep the Dogs to just five goals across the match. Ross Lyon certainly seems to be affecting just how good the Saints could be.

Odds are that a Jack is going to win votes in every match the Saints play, just with them having about 100 in the squad. Jack Sinclair was a beast through the middle with 33 touches and two tackles on his way to 534 metres gained for the Saints.

He's only played two games but the Saints will be very happy with their decision to bring in the big Greek Mattaes Phillipou after his three goals. Bailey Smith also deserves a shout-out and a vote for 28 touches and five clearances on the losing side.

Fremantle Dockers 72 North Melbourne Kangaroos 73

3. Nick Larkey - North Melbourne (6)

2. Harry Sheezel - North Melbourne (4)

1. Luke Ryan - Fremantle (3)

Who would have thought the game of the round would be between the Dockers and Kangaroos? Alastair Clarkson seems to be having some effect on the Roos who currently sit in the top eight. Who can believe that? There was also some controversy at the end of this one with the ball going out and the siren sounding at just about the same time.

He did it in week one and now in week two, Nick Larkey certainly seems to be an improved man under Clarkson. He kicked four key goals, took a couple of marks and laid a tackle in a player-of-the-match performance from the big man.

Some players burn bright and short but it seems Harry Sheezel will burn for a long time and has come into the AFL with a ready body and mind to dominate - another 30 touches for the rookie. Luke Ryan continued his great work for the Dockers having 30 touches and gaining 716 metres for the losing home side.

Sydney Swans 118 Hawthorn Hawks 37

3. Logan McDonald - Sydney (3)

2. Callum Mills - Sydney (2)

1. Tom Papley - Sydney (1)

Along with the Pies, the Swans look like the leaders this season after two massive wins. Admittedly, they haven't played against great opposition but you can only play the teams you're given. The Swans now sit at the top after a big 81-point win against the Hawks.

Another bag of goals was kicked in this match with Logan McDonald kicking straight for the Swans and finishing with five goals. With Lance Franklin not playing every game this season it certainly is good news for the Swans fans that McDonald now looks ready-made.

Callum Mills continues to dominate in the middle for the Swans having 28 touches in another great performance that also saw him kick two goals and lay three tackles. No votes for the Hawks with Tom Papley getting the final vote with two goals and 17 touches in another solid performance.

Essendon Bombers 108 Gold Coast Suns 80

3. Zach Merrett - Essendon (3)

2. Kyle Langford - Essendon (2)

1. Will Setterfield - Essendon (1)

The Sunday afternoon match can often go by without a worry from the fans but this was a must-watch. Both teams led at different times with up to eight lead changes before the Bombers went hard in the last quarter to push past the Suns who have once again started the season winless.

Zach Merrett is one of the most underrated players in the competition. He always manages to do enough to get in the votes and has been a stalwart of the Bombers for a long time now. In this game, he had 31 touches and four clearances.

It seemed to be a weekend of bags of goals in Round Two with Kyle Langford also kicking five goals in a 14-disposal performance, leading the forward line of the Bombers. Will Setterfield rounds out the votes with 28 touches and five clearances in a great performance that also saw him kick a goal.

West Coast Eagles 100 GWS Giants 81

3. Jake Waterman - West Coast (3)

2. Tim Kelly - West Coast (2)

1. Jamaine Jones - West Coast (1)

The final match of the round saw the Eagles get over the fancied Giants by 19 points. Perhaps it was the injuries from last week or the travel but the Giants certainly didn't look like the side that won last week.

The Eagles' forward line has been a place of criticism as of late with Josh Kennedy retiring and Jack Darling getting on in age. The good news is that Jake Waterman seems to be coming through well having kicked four goals on Sunday afternoon.

Tim Kelly spoke during the week about needing to stand up as a senior player and he did exactly that with 32 touches and a goal of his own. Jamaine Jones gets the final vote of the week after 27 touches and a massive 776 metres gained, the most of the match.


=1. Nick Daicos - Collingwood (6)
=1. Nick Larkey - North Melbourne (6)
=1. Clayton Oliver - Melbourne (6)
4. Harry Sheezel - North Melbourne (4)