In his third-straight defence, Christian Petracca took all before him, clearly establishing himself as the best midfielder on the park in the clash against the Gold Coast Suns

In the process, he saw off the challenge of not only Touk Miller, but young star, Matt Rowell, and his partner in crime, Noah Anderson

This week, Petracca faces a new challenge, as a desperate Bombers outfit, without former two-time champ, Zach Merrett, attempt to lift the title from around his waist.

It’s Trac against Parish, Caldwell, and McGrath with the Mongrel Midfield Championship Belt up for grabs. Bring on Round Three!

 

The world loves a winner.

Except for the losers, I guess. But the rest of us love a winner, and following the 2021 season, one man reigned overall.

Christian Petracca stood on the podium with another two medals stemming from his best-afield performance in the Grand Final. The best player on the best team in the biggest game of the year – he was the undisputed champion of AFL midfielders..

However, with a new season comes new challenges… and new challengers to the title.

As we entered 2022, the Mongrel Punt Midfielder Championship Belt is fastened tightly around the waist of the Melbourne champ, but every battle, every week would call on him to defend it. And all it takes is a bad day for his grip to loosen on that which he made his at the conclusion of the 2021 season..

The Mongrel Punt Midfield Championship is a bit of fun – let’s be honest, but it’s a bit of fun that adds a little bit of interest to each and every game the champ competes in. Who, if anyone can beat the champ?

Each week, the champ defends his title in this system. In order to unseat him, firstly, the challenging team has to win. Like in Pro Wrestling, the title cannot change hands on a disqualification,  so if you have a great performance, but your team loses, you can’t take the title. You have to beat the champ in a win. You have to outperform the champ in a win to take the title off him.

The individual win has to be comprehensive. If a challenger has 26 touches and a goal and the champ has something similar, we call it a draw and the champ gets the benefit of the doubt to retain the title. You either win decisively, or you don’t win at all.

So, who will dominate the midfield in the 2022 season and turn back challengers week after week? Who will reign like Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair? And who will be an interim champ… like Kane, or the Iron Sheik?

Let’s jump in and find out.

Note – at the conclusion of the weekly update, a full championship history, spanning from 2017 to the current day is available, including a full history of title reigns and most successful defences, etc… We are now at over 7K words in this baby, and the history grows every week.

 

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