The third version of The Mongrel 50 for 2021 is live, with a new leader and lots of movement in the ranks.

What makes The Mongrel 50 different from every other set of player ratings is that it is fluent in nature, placing a strong emphasis on the last four weeks of footy to capture those in the best form currently.

How does it work?

Glad I asked – it gives 100% weighting to any points scored over the last four weeks and anything before that gets hit with a 50% reduction. It greatly benefits the present without completely disregarding the past.

So, how does that look in practice? Here’s an example.

Taylor Walker had a ripping first four weeks of the season. He was flying high, kicking goals and looked like he could not be stopped. But in the last four weeks, has he been the same player?

A calf complaint several weeks ago, combined with a slippery night in Adelaide and a towelling up from Tom Clurey means that his last four rounds have been nowhere near the highs of his first four. With the scores he accumulated through the first four weeks now incurring a 50% hit, he has started to tumble. He was ranked number one after four weeks, number two after six weeks and now, after eight rounds of footy, the slide has commenced. His early-season form is still good enough to maintain a good place in the 50, however, without at least another good game in the next fortnight, he will continue to slide.

Reward the present and respect the past.

So really, all you’ve got to do is perform well to begin with and continually top up your score every couple of weeks. Do that, and you’ll be up toward the top of the rankings.

Sounds easy, right?

My aim for this rankings is to have a great mix of players from all roles – not just another system designed to reward midfielders who rack them up. As such, players are only assessed on things pertinent to their roles – it’s no use scoring a back pocket rebounder on his tackles inside 50, is it? I’m sure you get the gist of it.

One more thing – our Inner Circle Members get weekly updates on these rankings as part of their membership, and the weekly section at the end of this column is restricted for them… they’re good people. You could be one of them if you wanted to…

On with the third Mongrel 50 of the 2021 season.

Round Six ranks in parenthesis

 

50 – TOBY NANKERVIS (RICHMOND) (49)

49 – DARCY PARISH (ESSENDON) (32)

48 – NAT FYFE (FREMANTLE) (27)

47 – JACK STEELE (ST KILDA) (52)

46 – HUGH GREENWOOD (GOLD COAST) (N/A)

45 – TOM JONAS (PORT ADELAIDE) (48)

44 – TOM MITCHELL (HAWTHORN) (53)

43 – SHAI BOLTON (RICHMOND) (N/A)

42 – MITCH DUNCAN (GEELONG) (46)

41 – RORY LAIRD (ADELAIDE) (25)

40 – BAILEY DALE (WESTERN BULLDOGS) (N/A)

39 – JAKE LEVER (MELBOURNE) (N/A)

38 – STEVEN MAY (MELBOURNE) (N/A)

37 – SAM TAYLOR (GWS) (N/A)

36 – TRAVIS BOAK (PORT ADELAIDE) (37)

35 – JAKE LLOYD (SYDNEY) (29)

34 – CHRISTIAN PETRACCA (MELBOURNE) (13)

33 – JARRYD LYONS (BRISBANE) (N/A)

32 – DOM SHEED (WEST COAST) (N/A)

31 – TOM MCDONALD (MELBOURNE) (38)

30 – SAM WALSH (CARLTON) (30)

29 – JAYDEN SHORT (RICHMOND) (39)

28 – TIM KELLY (WEST COAST) (165)

27 – TOM HICKEY (SYDNEY) (41)

26 – OSCAR ALLEN (WEST COAST) (11)

25 – NIC NAITANUI (WEST COAST) (37)

24 – BRODIE GRUNDY (COLLINGWOOD) (15)

23 – JACK DARLING (WEST COAST) (N/A)

22 – TOUK MILLER (GOLD COAST) (N/A)

21 – JACK ZIEBELL (NORTH MELBOURNE) (5)

20 – OLLIE WINES (PORT ADELAIDE) (18)

19 – JACOB WEITERING (CARLTON) (28)

18 – DAVID MUNDY (FREMANTLE) (6)

17 – TOM STEWART (GEELONG) (12)

16 – CAM GUTHRIE (GEELONG) (31)

15 – JOSH BRUCE (WESTERN BULLDOGS) (19)

14 – TOM HAWKINS (GEELONG) (67)

13 – TAYLOR WALKER (ADELAIDE) (2)

12 – SAM DOCHERTY (CARLTON) (20)

11 – ANDREW GAFF (WEST COAST) (84)

10 – ZACH MERRETT (ESSENDON) (14)

9 – CLAYTON OLIVER (MELBOURNE) (10)

8 – TOBY GREENE (GWS) (8)

7 – HARRY MCKAY (CARLTON) (7)

6 – HUGH MCCLUGGAGE (BRISBANE) (22)

5 – CHRISTIAN SALEM (MELBOURNE) (16)

4 – MAX GAWN (MELBOURNE) (1)

3 – MARCUS BONTEMPELLI (WESTERN BULLDOGS) (24)

2 – DANIEL RICH (BRISBANE) (4)

1 – JACK MACRAE (WESTERN BULLDOGS) (3)

 

So, we’ll no doubt get the “Oh, but where is *enter favourite player’s name* in this ranking? You guys don’t know what you’re talking about, everything sucks and you’re biased.”

Is that you? Please don’t let that be you – I don’t know if you’re aware, but when you do that, you come across as a complete knob. I’m happy with constructive criticism/discussion – it’s what we’re all about, but… the world has enough dicks – don’t add to the number on our page.

 

OUT

DOUGAL HOWARD (50)

AARON NAUGHTON (47)

SEAN DARCY (45)

JACK RIEWOLDT (44)

BEN KEAYS (43)

MATT TABERNER (42)

TIM ENGLISH (40)

ED LANGDON (36)

JAEGER O’MEARA (35)

JOSH DUNKLEY (34)

BRODIE SMITH (33)

LUKE RYAN (26)

ADAM TRELOAR (23)

JORDAN RIDLEY (21)

LIAM JONES (17)

 

THE NEW NUMBER ONE

Replacing Max Gawn at the top this fortnight, Jack Macrae comes in off an excellent Round Eight outing, supported by a huge Round Six game.

Gawn fell with no points earned in his Round Seven game and only minimal impact in the Round Eight game.

The consistency of Hugh McCluggage is turning some heads. He has been one of the best for the Lions in every game I’ve watched them this season. Wet weather or dry, he has worked tirelessly up and back all game long. It would not surprise me to see him hit the number one position in the next fortnight.

 

A DECENT MIX?

As stated in the intro, the aim for this is to have a good assortment of players across all positions. In the top ten, we currently have one ruck, two defenders, three forwards and four mids. Not bad.

 

PETRACCA TOO LOW… AGAIN?

Perhaps, however, this is a statistical/vote based system and there have been plenty of teammates pinching votes from him, and he just seems to clock in marginally under the statistical trigger point in several categories.

Given his consistency over the last couple of seasons, he will compile a good body of work over the course of the season, and I can see him slotting into the top ten eventually.

 

THE BIG NAMES MISSING?

Darcy Moore – The move to attack hurt him, but this past week he took steps to rectify things. Good early season form sees him at 52.

Patrick Dangerfield – this is the season that his All-Australian run ends. Too much time on the pine, with more to come.

Aliir Aliir – stats don’t reflect his efforts and neither do the coaches votes or the Mongrel votes, apparently. 67th.

Patrick Cripps – not himself this season… or last season, which is a bit of a worry. Scored well in Round Three. Has barely troubled the scorers in the three others. 100th place

Dustin Martin at 83 (Was at 59 last fortnight and has been out and played ordinarily last week. No chance of a rise up the ranks on that form)

Jordan Ridley at 69 (dude!)

Scott Pendlebury… all the way down at 154, but to give a bit of hope, Tim Kelly was at 164 two weeks ago and has made a massive jump into the top 50 again. It can be done.

Anyone else you want to know, give me a yell and I’ll let you know.

 

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