For a team that has faltered at home, Port Adelaide has certainly made up for it on the road.
With a league-leading six road wins in 2021, they surge to the top of the 2021 Road Warrior Ladder with a win over the Saints in Melbourne.
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 1
1 – PORT ADELAIDE 24 PTS (178 POINT DIFFERENTIAL)
2 – WESTERN BULLDOGS 22 PTS (178)
3 – SYDNEY 20 PTS (213)
4 – MELBOURNE 20 PTS (163)
5 – BRISBANE 18 PTS (167)
6 – GEELONG 16 PTS (210)
7 – GWS 16 PTS (108)
8 – ST KILDA 16 PTS (98)
9 – GOLD COAST 16 PTS (69)
10 – RICHMOND 14 PTS (173)
11 – WEST COAST 12 PTS (102)
12 – FREMANTLE 12 PTS (86)
13 – ESSENDON 12 PTS (47)
14 – COLLINGWOOD 10 PTS (40)
15 – ADELAIDE 8 PTS (47)
16 – NORTH MELBOURNE 8 PTS (17)
17 – HAWTHORN 6 PTS (39)
18 – CARLTON 4 PTS (11)
Port Adelaide are now the standalone team at the top, but the real mover has been the Swans, leaping into the top four with their fifth interstate win over the season.
POTENTIAL FOUR POINT GAMES THIS WEEKEND (at the moment – subject to change)
COLLINGWOOD @ Port Adelaide
ST KILDA @ West Coast
HAWTHORN @ Adelaide
FREMANTLE and SYDNEY @ Metricon
POTENTIAL TWO POINT GAMES THIS WEEK
GOLD COAST @ Brisbane
WESTERN BULLDOGS @ Melbourne
The Essendom v GWS game has no venue selected at the moment, but no doubt it will be played away from home for both = four point game.
The Swans could cement their season as a bloody excellent one with a win over Freo, and given their huge point differential, could be top of the ladder after this round.
Port are playing at home, so they’ll be stuck on 24 points.
Carlton again don’t get the chance to pick up any points, so they’ll be bottom after R19 irrespective of what else occurs.
Just updated after fixturung changes. No doubt as soon as I press “publish” it’ll change again, right?
PS – while you should all know the Road Warriors by now, what did you make of Demolition? It kind of annoyed me when the commentators called LOD “Demolition imitators” back in the day… but I guess that’s what that line was supposed to do. Anyway, both teams were far superior to the Powers of Pain, but the Warriors were miles in front of Demolition, who looked like Wish knock offs of the Legion of Doom.