A bit of movement this week in a round that really could have seen a big shift.
The Giants were perilously close to knocking over the Tigers on the road, which would have given them outright top spot instead of a point differential. Meanwhile, Freo continued their habit of being close against the Bombers at Marvel Stadium, but just not getting the job done.
Big road wins to the Dogs, Lions, Cats and Roos gave them something to smile about. And no, Richmond’s journey to Marvel Stadium DOES NOT get them a road win. I know some of you would try that one on…
Onto the regular spiel.
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.
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. And if so, how are the Dees and Dogs in the top four? Stop your whining, fella!
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 isn’t concerned with your feelings.
Tasmania is considered a home game for Hawthorn. 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.
THE ROAD WARRIOR LADDER AFTER ROUND NINE
1 – GWS 10 PTS (99 PTS DIFFERENTIAL IN WINS)
2 – BRISBANE 10 PTS (92)
3 – MELBOURNE 10 PTS (82)
4 – WESTERN BULLDOGS 10 PTS (74)
5 – PORT ADELAIDE 8 PTS (80)
6 – SYDNEY 8 PTS (76)
8 – GEELONG 4 PTS (84)
9 – ADELAIDE 4 PTS (41)
10 – WEST COAST 4 PTS (38)
11 – GOLD COAST 4 PTS (22)
12 – FREMANTLE 4 PTS (12)
13 – CARLTON 4 PTS (11)
14 – NORTH MELBOURNE 4 PTS (7)
15 – RICHMOND 2 PTS (86)
16 – COLLINGWOOD 2 PTS (18)
17 – HAWTHORN 2 PTS (1)
18 – ESSENDON 0 POINTS
Just the Bombers remain without a win on the road this season, and they don’t get a chance to rectify that next week, as they have North at home. I reckon they’ll take that. 🙂
POTENTIAL FOUR POINT GAMES THIS WEEKEND – RICHMOND (@ Brisbane), GOLD COAST (@ Geelong), MELBOURNE (@ Adelaide), SYDNEY (@ Fremantle), WEST COAST (@GWS), PORT ADELAIDE (@ Collingwood)
POTENTIAL TWO POINT GAMES THIS WEEK – None. Away games for North, St Kilda, and Hawthorn are all being played at the ground designated as their own home venue, as well.
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 months.
PS – The Road Warriors are not my favourite tag team of all-time. I am a Brainbusters fan. Tully and Arn… what a team!