Wingman of the Year – Round Four


For all the other stuff I produce during the week and weekends, I always gravitate back to this as my way of taking a breath, feeling normal and making sure all is right with the world.

You see, the Wingman of the Year column was my first ever members column. I was nervous as hell when I released it, surprised when some people jumped on as members and liked it, and that eventually morphed into being thrilled when I even got some feedback from players about it.

Those were good times.

These are good times, too, as we look at Round Four results and the overall leaderboard, with one player becoming the seventh player to crack the ton since we commenced the award. Not bad for an old fella in the Geelong retirement home, I reckon.

A few years ago, a little sick of the wingmen being completely ignored in the roles they play by those selecting the AFL All-Australian Team, here at The Mongrel Punt, we decided to start tracking the best wingers in the game. Using a combination of stats and votes as our metric for assessing them over the course of the year, The Mongrel Punt Wingman of the Year Award was born.

2020 saw Sam Menegola blitz the field, running away to easily claim the title of the best wingman in the game.

Fast forward to 2021 and it was a bit closer, with Paul Seedsman pipping Hugh McCluggage and Karl Amon in the race to become the league’s reigning wingman of the year. The Crows are currently missing Seedsman immensely, as his 2021 was easily the best of his career.

Let’s jump into the Round Four results and the overall leaderboard.


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