The byes often throw the little stat-related rankings we do into disarray, and this season, the combination of the byes and the covid outbreak in Melbourne has done the same to the Road Warrior Ladder.
Melbourne teams are travelling interestate and so are interstate-based teams to play at neutral venues.
It means there is a fair bit of movement afoot in the Road Warrior Ladder, despite there being three games less to factor in this week, with a couple of teams making the big jump to the top to take advantage.
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 11
1 – MELBOURNE 16 PTS (132 POINT DIFFERENTIAL IN WINS)
2 – WESTERN BULLDOGS 14 PTS (112)
3 – PORT ADELAIDE 12 PTS (81)
4 – RICHMOND 10 PTS (153)
5 – GWS 10 PTS (99)
6 – BRISBANE 10 PTS (92)
7 – SYDNEY 8 PTS (76)
8 – WEST COAST 8 PTS (60)
9 – GOLD COAST 8 PTS (59)
10 – ST KILDA 8 PTS (17)
11 – GEELONG 6 PTS (94)
12 – COLLINGWOOD 6 PTS (23)
13 – ADELAIDE 4 PTS (41)
14 – ESSENDON 4 PTS (16)
15 – FREMANTLE 4 PTS (12)
16 – CARLTON 4 PTS (11)
17 – NORTH MELBOURNE 4 PTS (7)
18 – HAWTHORN 2 PTS (1)
The Dees take outright top spot this wee, by virtue of their huge win over the Lions. The Dogs leap past Port, who were stuck watching proceedings with the bye hurting them, and Richmond moved into the eight, with back-to-back road wins.
POTENTIAL FOUR POINT GAMES THIS WEEKEND – GEELONG (@Port Adelaide), HAWTHORN (@Sydney), GOLD COAST (@Freo), ST KILDA and ADELAIDE(@Cairns), GWS (@North home game in Tassie), RICHMOND (@West Coast), MELBOURNE and COLLINGWOOD (@SCG)
POTENTIAL TWO POINT GAMES THIS WEEK – None
Another massive round, with nine teams capable of picking up four points. Richmond, amazingly, have the chance to jump into the top two here… unbelievable!
And as they say in the classics… Arrrrrggggghhhh, what a rush!
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!