Forced onto the road again, the best travelling team in the AFL pulled off another win – their eighth of the season, which is just incredible.

Port Adelaide sit atop the Mongrel Punt Road Warrior Ladder, but there is a hungry team from Sydney looking as though they could make a run at top spot.

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 28 PTS (206 POINT DIFFERENTIAL IN WINS)

2 – SYDNEY 24PTS (253)

3 – WESTERN BULLDOGS 224 PTS (198)

4 – MELBOURNE 20 PTS (163)

5 – GWS 20 PTS (121)

6 – BRISBANE 18 PTS (167)

7 – GEELONG 16 PTS (210)

8 – ST KILDA 16 PTS (98)

9 – GOLD COAST 16 PTS (70)

10 – RICHMOND 14 PTS (173)

11 – WEST COAST 12 PTS (102)

12 – FREMANTLE 12 PTS (86)

13 – ADELAIDE 12 PTS (66)

14 – ESSENDON 12 PTS (47)

15 – COLLINGWOOD 10 PTS (40)

16 – NORTH MELBOURNE 8 PTS (17)

17 – HAWTHORN 6 PTS (39)

18 – CARLTON 4 PTS (11)

 

With another win on the road, Port stand alone at the top of the Road Warrior Ladder. It’s funny – I hear so many people whacking this team, using terms like “flat track bullies” and so on, but winning away from home is not easy, and Port have done it seven times this season.

The Swans are coming home like a train, however, and given the situation in Sydney, will get plenty of chances to pick up points away from home. They could be the main challengers to the Power over the next month of footy.

 

POTENTIAL FOUR POINT GAMES THIS WEEKEND  (at the moment)

Oh look… I’m writing this section with the knowledge that in 12 hours, all this might be thrown out the window. No need to tell me I’m wrong – I’ll update it as soon as I get time.

ADELAIDE @ Mars Stadium

GEELONG @ Blundstone Arena

MELBOURNE @Metricon Stadium (?)

WEST COAST @ The MCG

SYDNEY and ESSENDON @ The Gabba

BRISBANE @ Launceston

PORT ADELAIDE and GWS @… somewhere

RICHMOND @ Optus Stadium

 

POTENTIAL TWO POINT GAMES THIS WEEK

None… yet

This fixture is a mess, but should it pan out as expected, we could see some movement at the top. The Power have the chance to extend their lead, but a loss to the Suns, and  Swans win would see Sydney hit the top spot. The Swans’ point differential in their wins is huge, so all they’d have to do is win to swoop in like… well, like a bunch of angry Swans, I guess, and take the number one spot.

The Dees get a chance to move back into contention IF the game against the Suns is at Metricon… and why wouldn’t it be, really?

Meanwhile, those sneaky buggers from GWS have the opportunity to jump into the top four as well.

Once again, Carlton get to stay home, so they’ll retain the bottom spot, irrespective of the result.

 

PS – in terms of tag teams, on I never really liked was the Midnight Express. That may be because I found Jim Cornette more annoying than entertaining and he was always front and centre when they were present. Found out that Stan Lane is rumoured to be the biological father of US politician, Lauren Boebert, but has never taken responsibility for her.

Old Stan used to get around, huh?

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