We’ve heard it for years – the teams based outside Victoria have it tougher.
Forced to travel interstate almost every second week, they clock up enormous miles as they traverse the country to be part of this sport we love.
Meanwhile, we get some Victorian-based clubs cracking the sads when they have to play at Marvel Stadium instead of the MCG, and vice versa. Or those who get a little nasty when a move away from Kardinia Park is floated. One bloke on Twitter even thinks Geelong should be credited an away win for their win at the MCG on Easter Monday… a Geelong home game!
So, how do the teams fare away from home, and who is travelling best at the moment?
The Mongrel has devised a little ladder to assess who is the best road team in the league. Oh, the Vic teams will still get a look in if they’re good enough, and whilst I fully expect a number of fans to say this system is rigged to favour non-Victorian teams… I really don’t care.
Much the same way you don’t care that the Grand Final is locked into the MCG up until a time I hope I am still drawing breath. If you’re good enough to be at the top of this ladder, you will be.
So, how does it work?
The Road Warrior Ladder is named after one of the best Tag Teams of all-time. Don’t come at me with your Demolition garbage, or your Powers of Pain crap… they were Road Warrior rip-offs… who were, in turn, rip-offs of the 1980s movie, Mad Max.
It was called The Road Warrior in the United States because… geez, I’m not a film buff. Do your own homework.
Anyway, you get four points for an interstate win and two points for a win at an away venue that IS NOT played at the venue you consider your home ground. I don’t care if it’s not your home game – you’re still at the ground you play your home games at. The Road Warrior Ladder Nazi says “no points for you.”
Tasmania is considered a home game for Hawthorn. As much as their fans could claim a “road win” against Adelaide this past weekend, sorry… not flying here. You choose to play your home games there – you cop it. Same with GWS and Canberra – if it’s your choice, you wear it.
Now that my belligerence is out of the way, let’s get to business.
1 – GWS 10 PTS (99 POINT DIFFERENTIAL IN WINS)
2 – MELBOURNE 10 PTS (82)
3 – PORT ADELAIDE 8 PTS (80)
4 – SYDNEY 8 PTS (76)
5 – BRISBANE 8 PTS (19)
6 – WESTERN BULLDOGS 6 PTS (55)
7 – ADELAIDE 4 PTS (41)
8 – GOLD COAST 4 PTS (22)
9 – FREMANTLE 4 PTS (12)
10 – CARLTON 4 PTS (11)
11 – ST KILDA 4 PTS (8)
12 – RICHMOND 2 PTS (86)
13 – HAWTHORN 2 PTS (1)
14 TO 18 – WEST COAST, NORTH MELBOURNE, GEELONG, ESSENDON, COLLINGWOOD ALL ON ZERO POINTS
So, there we go. Really, the bottom five are all great, big losers in this system, as they are all on zero points. I’ve opted not to use the alphabetical order system to separate the teams this week, as that really screws over West Coast
POTENTIAL FOUR POINT GAMES THIS WEEKEND – Essendon (@GWS), St Kilda (@Gold Coast), Sydney (@Melbourne), West Coast (@Hawthorn), and Brisbane (@Fremantle.
POTENTIAL TWO POINT GAMES THIS WEEK – Collingwood (@North Melbourne).
I’ll update this every week if I get time, or every couple of weeks if that suits a bit better. Though it means nothing in the grand scheme of things, it is just interesting to keep an eye on who is the best performed road team in the game. It just might come in handy in about four and a half months.