With eight games having the capacity for teams to make a move on the Road Warrior Ladder, we should have known that this would be the weekend where most home teams got over the line, right?
However, that didn’t stop a couple of road teams getting up in enemy territory and capitalising on the failures of others.
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, 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 EIGHT
1 – FREMANTLE – 12 POINTS (52 Point score differential in wins)
2 – SYDNEY – 10 POINTS (124)
3 -BRISBANE – 10 POINTS (98)
4 – ST KILDA – 10 POINTS (96)
5 -GEELONG – 8 POINTS (113)
6 – MELBOURNE – 8 POINTS (45)
7 – GOLD COAST – 8 POINTS (41)
8 – RICHMOND 4 POINTS (109)
9 – HAWTHORN – 4 POINTS (64)
10 – GWS – 4 POINTS (59)
11 – WEST COAST – 4 POINTS (13)
12 – ADELAIDE – 4 POINTS (1)
13 – PORT ADELAIDE – 4 POINTS (1)
14 – COLLINGWOOD – 2 POINTS (17)
15 – CARLTON – 2 POINTS (12)
16-18 – ESSENDON, WESTERN BULLDOGS, NORTH MELBOURNE
The top teams stalled this week, with Freo, Sydney, and Brisbane all having home games allocated.
The only two teams to make a move were Geelong, who picked up a big win Canberra over the Giants, and Gold Coast who shocked/not shocked the Swans by beating them at the SCG again. If I were a betting man, this game would have really piqued my interest, as the Suns have a great SCG record, and once again managed to carve up the Swans on their home deck.
UPCOMING FOUR-POINT GAMES
PORT ADELAIDE head to Blundstone Arena to face the Kangaroos
ESSENDON head to the SCG to take on the Swans… keep your eye on this game. Sydney have not looked great at the SCG this year. This is the Bombers’ first game outside Victoria this season.
BRISBANE jets over to South Australia to take on the Crows at Adelaide Oval
FREMANTLE journeys to Metricon Stadium to play the Suns
CARLTON leave Victoria for the third time, to play the Giants
And finally, MELBOURNE cross the country to face the Eagles
UPCOMING TWO-POINT GAMES
GEELONG head up the highway to Marvel to play St Kilda
Co-tenants Hawthorn and Richmond battle at the MCG, and Collingwood, for some reason, play the Dogs at Marvel. None of these teams can pick up any Road Warrior points.
Wrestling note of the week – Road Warrior Hawk used to get so in the zone that he would not listen when he was in the ring and kind of run his own race. He and his partner, Animal, used to wear these spiked leather shoulder pads, and one day, as he was being introduced, he climbed the turnbuckle in the corner to look at the crowd…
… and almost took the eye out of the announcer standing there.
Apparently Hawk was oblivious to it when it occurred but was beside himself when he realised backstage.
Method actor, huh?