Well, it seems I fell victim to the old commentator’s curse last fortnight… which would be fine if I were a commentator, but given I am not, it seems a little unfair.
Tom Stewart cracked number one in our overall rankings due to a great run of form… and of course, as soon as he bullied his way to the number one spot, he played probably his worst game of the past couple of years, barring the games where he was injured.
And yes, it was wonderful to receive the little jibes from the Captain Hindsights out there who ridiculed that we had him at number one after that game. You didn’t say too much before it…
Aaaaanyway, with a midfielder back at the top of the tree, it seems as though our broadcast has returned to normal, but as you have witnessed this season, these ratings can turn quickly, and four good weeks of footy can change the fortunes of players.
Now, onto our regular spiel.
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? Here’s the motto I work on.
Reward the present and respect the past.
This system 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.
But how does that look in practice?
So, let’s have an example – Taylor Walker.
A blistering start to the season saw Tex occupying top spot. He was a beast, and he has not been outside the top 20 for the entire year. He has built a base of excellent form to build on and it has withstood a decrease in form, as well as a missed game due to injury.
It hasn’t been enough to keep him in the top ten this fortnight, and with just 12 points scored over the past fortnight, and it appearing as though he will miss at least one week with his stiff neck, Tex is heavily reliant on his early season form to save his bacon. The issue is that everyone continues to build their overall scores around him, and with basically all Tex’s scores running at 50%, anyone who has a stellar four week stretch could leap past him. I expect him to drop into the thirties by the next time we publish a Mongrel 50 (post R18) unless he reappears and has at least a decent game in the interim.
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 sixth Mongrel 50 of the 2021 season.
Round 14 ranks in parenthesis
50 – LUKE RYAN (48)
49 – JORDAN DE GOEY (47)
48 – DAVID MUNDY (51)
47 – JAKE STRINGER (59)
46 – HUGH MCCLUGGAGE (34)
45 – BRODIE GRUNDY (56)
44 – JAYDEN SHORT (23)
43 – BAILEY DALE (52)
42 – BRAYDEN MAYNARD (60)
41 – BEN KEAYS (27)
40 – BRODIE SMITH (50)
39 – STEVEN MAY (72)
38 – LIAM JONES (53)
37 – HARRY MCKAY (19)
36 – DAYNE ZORKO (44)
35 – JAKE LLOYD (26)
34 – SHANNON HURN (40)
33 – AARON NAUGHTON (38)
32 – JAKE LEVER (31)
31 – TOM HICKEY (25)
30 – DOUGAL HOWARD (29)
29 – BEN CUNNINGTON (36)
28 – CHRISTIAN PETRACCA (22)
27 – CALLUM MILLS (88)
26 – TOBY GREENE (18)
25 – TOM LIBERATORE (21)
24 – JORDAN RIDLEY (41)
23 – AARON HALL (15)
22 – CHRISTIAN SALEM (43)
21 – JACK ZIEBELL (14)
20 – TOM MITCHELL (32)
19 – SAM WALSH (30)
18 – TOM HAWKINS (17)
17 – NIC NAITANUI (6)
16 – JACOB WEITERING (49)
15 – TAYLOR WALKER (4)
14 – CLAYTON OLIVER (8)
13 – JARRYD LYONS (20)
12 – SEAN DARCY (24)
11 – ZACH MERRETT (10)
10 – TOUK MILLER (16)
9 – RORY LAIRD (11)
8 – MAX GAWN (3)
7 – JACK STEELE (12)
6 – JACK MACRAE (5)
5 – DARCY PARISH (9)
4 – TOM STEWART (1)
3 – DANIEL RICH (13)
2 – OLLIE WINES (7)
1 – MARCUS BONTEMPELLI (2)
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.
At points throughout the analysis, you’ll find “points” referred to. As players are scored in multiple categories, as well as having votes added, any score of over 50 in a week is excellent. The highest scores of the season to date have been 75 (Josh Bruce) and 73 (Max Gawn). They are the only two to top 70 points. 50 is a very good game. 60 is outstanding. 70+ is off the charts.
At the end of the season, I am happy to post a list of the top-scoring games of the year. I have data from 2019/20 as well, so I’m at the point where I can compile a bit of an historical list as well.
RECLAIMING THE CROWN
The Bont is back!
After a brief hiatus, slumming it in third position, Bont has leapt back to the top of the table. With 98 points over the past four weeks, he has been able to vault back to the top, but has a couple right on his tail.
It’ll take a sustained burst of excellence from Bont to remain in the number one position, particularly as he scored poorly in the Dogs’ win this past weekend.
The above said… Ollie Wines’ last month has been outstanding. He has compiled 125 points over that period, and if he can string together two more decent weeks, he will be right in line to be our next number one player.
Both he and Bont have 70 points apiece from their last two weeks, meaning that whoever has the better fortnight upcoming will most likely be top of the bunch…
… unless Daniel Rich swoops in and has a couple of blinders. He has 75 points over the past fortnight, so the next two weeks may be his best chance to grab his first number one rank.
A DECENT MIX?
The top boasts seven mids… booooo! However, it is a little strange to see no forwards, with Tex being the best at 15. Remember when they said scoring was going to be up and these rule changes will all benefit forwards? The coaches seem to think otherwise, and have really trimmed back the ability of the big forwards to kick bags.
Two defenders and a ruck round out the top ten, with Darcy at 12, so I feel pretty good about that mix… to a point. Would love a forward in the top ten, but really, they need to earn it. No charity.
A few to get through, here… (ranks from last month in parenthesis)
Isaac Heeney (46)
Jacob Hopper (45)
Dom Sheed (39)
Dyson Heppell (37)
Dustin Martin (35)
Tom McDonald (34)
Jack Riewoldt (28)
The two big Tigers falling out of the top ten probably reflect the terrible fortnight of Richmond, whilst the others are just unlucky that those around and below them all scored well.
STILL TOP HEAVY?
Well, 12 of the top 50 come from the top two teams, so you could argue that yes, this is very top heavy.
Funny thing is – it is designed to be. This is for the best players on the best teams, as you get a slight bonus when you score in any category in a winning side. Winners are grinners, as they say, but it also shines a really positive light on anyone in the bottom half of the ladder who can crack the top ten.
So, given that, big hats off to Rory Laird and Touk Miller who are both having great seasons in teams that… well, they aren’t getting the rub like the top sides are.
THE BIG NAMES MISSING?
Shai Bolton tumbles, down to 114 from 61
Trav Boak is at 58, up from 64
Harris Andrews is at 54, up from 76
Patrick Dangerfield is at 121, but he has no real numbers behind him.
Oscar Allen continues to fall. He is at 97, down from 79
Tim Kelly continues to fall, down to 83 from 67. He was eighth after Round 10
Lance Franklin is climbing. He’s at 60, up from 85
Lachie Neale is in a tailspin, down to 107 from 93
Jeremy Cameron drops as well, down to 113 from 96
Charlie Dixon is climbing, at 65 from 106
Jeremy McGovern is at… 200. Wow…
Patrick Cripps continues to disappoint, down to 128 from 116
And, whilst I am in no mood to cop a whack, I am gathering I will for this. Dustin Martin is at… 75. Hey, I don’t rank them on names – just numbers. Martin has had one “Dusty” kind of game in the last six weeks of footy. That doesn’t fly when the main focus is on the last four games. His 27 disposals and three goals were back in Round 12.
Screw it. If I have to explain it further, it’ll never be enough. It’ll be interesting to see whether he gets the opportunity to turn things around in September, as per usual. If so, unlike most, I am not counting Richmond out just yet.
Anyone else you want to know, fire me off a message and I’ll get back to you.
I get asked this a but. How would it look if you removed the weighting to benefit players performing in the last week? Ok, just this once… that’s what I said last time, too
1 – MARCUS BONTEMPELLI
2 – JACK MACRAE
3 – DARCY PARISH
4 – DANIEL RICH
5 – MAX GAWN
6 – TAYLOR WALKER
7 – CLAYTON OLIVER
8 – OLLIE WINES
9 – ZACH MERRETT
10 – TOM STEWART
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