30/05/2024

Brooke Brown was superb on return and was one of many underrated players in this weekend's action of the AFLW. (Photo: Jack Hudson)

The big stars got their accolades, but who flew under the radar in Round 2 of the 2022 AFLW season?

It was another terrific round full of star performances in the second week of the 2022 AFLW season.

But there were still plenty who flew under the radar across the league. The Inner Sanctum looks at the underrated performers for each game of Round 2.

Richmond vs Melbourne: Gabby Seymour

Whilst Melbourne got the win on the night, ruck Gabby Seymour was still terrific for the Tigers across the ground and in the middle.

She may’ve lost the hitouts 18-10 against Demons ruck Lauren Pearce, but she still was better around the ground. At the end of the night, Seymour collected 17 disposals, three clearances, nine contested possessions and four inside 50s.

It mightn’t have been the Tigers night in their first game at Punt Road Oval for the season, but Seymour performed admirably against a premiership contender.

Collingwood vs St Kilda: Mikala Cann

After a serviceable performance the previous weekend, young Mikala Cann starred up forward and in the midfield at Victoria Park as Collingwood made it two from two.

With co-captains Steph Chiocci and Brianna Davey out due to injury, she thrived in her new role in the midfield. At full time Cann had collected 15 disposals, seven contested possessions, four tackles, and a spectacular snap.

It was by far one of Cann’s best games in her young career, and she could be set for similar performances in weeks to come.

Geelong vs Carlton: Lucy McEvoy

Utility McEvoy was a terrific performer for the Blues, this time down back in their inaugural ‘Prespakis Cup’ victory at GMHBA Stadium.

Listed down back after starting up forward against Collingwood, she played one of her best games for the Blues. Collecting 18 disposals on the night, she also had three marks and an equal game-high six tackles.

McEvoy showed resilience and soundness down back for the Blues, but also showed how versatile she can be in one of her career best performances.

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West Coast vs Gold Coast: Jamie Stanton

She’s been a consistently solid performer ever since the inaugural AFLW season, and it was another solid performance for Stanton.

Following a typical performance in week one, she picked up 12 disposals on Sunday afternoon for the Suns. However, she continued her tackling form from last weekend in Mackay, finishing with 10 to her name.

She is a terrific leader for the Suns, and she led from the front in midfield in their unbelievable comeback victory at Whitten Oval.

Adelaide vs North Melbourne: Brooke Brown

She’d only played one game in 2021 for the Kangaroos, but Brooke Brown made a lasting impression down back in her first game of 2022.

Coming up against a red-hot Crows side, she was North’s best defender. By full time at Norwood Oval she’d collected 18 disposals, nine of which were intercepts, going at 61.1 per cent disposal efficiency and gaining 191 metres.

Brooke Brown is tackled by Dani Ponter. (Photo: Jack Hudson)

Brown couldn’t have scripted a better return to the Kangaroos line-up, standing up admirably in the absence of Danielle Hardiman, and she’ll look to continue that form for the rest of 2022.

Fremantle vs GWS: Dana East

It might’ve been only her second AFLW game, but Dana East has exploded out of the blocks for the Dockers in their mightily impressive win against GWS.

She had a decent first outing at Fremantle Oval, however it was a much improved performance at Whitten Oval. At full time East had acquired 11 disposals, eight tackles, plus her first ever career goal.

It was a quietly solid performance for the inside midfielder, who’ll look to continue to grow this year, particularly after this performance.

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