Well, I waited four weeks to get this one started again. It made a little more sense to have a month of footy before we started looking at niche ladders…
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. Stop your whining.
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, I suppose, 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 considered 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 FOUR
1 – MELBOURNE 8 PTS (Score differential in wins of 45 pts)
2 – ST KILDA 6 PTS (79)
3 – HAWTHORN 4 PTS (64)
4 – GOLD COAST 4 PTS (27)
5 – BRISBANE 4 PTS (22)
6 – WEST COAST 4 PTS (13)
7 – FREMANTLE 4 PTS (1)
8 – CARLTON 2 PTS (12)
9 – COLLINGWOOD 2 PTS (17)
10-18 – THE REST
Well, the Dees are on top of the AFL Ladder and they debut as the front-runners in the Road Warrior Ladder as well, picking up two wins interstate in the first four weeks, knocking over Port and Gold Coast. Did you expect something different?
UPCOMING FOUR-POINT GAMES
COLLINGWOOD has the chance to grab four points at The Gabba v Brisbane
SYDNEY could open their account with a win at Optus Stadium v West Coast
GOLD COAST could make a move with a win at Marvel against St Kilda
RICHMOND hit the road to face Adelaide
GWS head to the MCG to try to curtail the rampant Dees
PORT ADELAIDE will be desperate to knock over the Blues at the MCG
FREMANTLE head to Marvel Stadium to face Essendon
So, plenty of potential movement for Round Five. No two-point games this week, as the Cats still have that horrible little situation where they can be forced to play home games at the MCG, so they don’t get the chance to pick up any points against the Hawks. Yeah, yeah… a cat-spiracy, right?
Wrestling note of the week – Big Van Vader was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame a couple of weeks ago. Mick Foley campaigned for Vader to be inducted a couple of years ago before his death, knowing that Vader was unwell and wanting the WWE to do the right thing and put the big man before he passed away.
They didn’t, even though he was far better-credentialed than 80% of the guys in there at the time.