When a team keeps winning, they’ll eventually hit the top of the Road Warrior Ladder. And it is with that statement we welcome the Dees to the party as we decide the best road team for 2022.
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 NINE
1 – MELBOURNE – 14 POINTS (166 point differential in wins)
2 – BRISBANE – 14 POINTS (134)
3 – ST KILDA – 14 POINTS (117)
4 – FREMANTLE – 12 POINTS (52)
5 – SYDNEY – 10 POINTS (124)
6 -GEELONG – 8 POINTS (113)
7 – PORT ADELAIDE – 8 POINTS (70)
8 – GOLD COAST – 8 POINTS (41)
9 – COLLINGWOOD – 6 POINTS (53)
10 – CARLTON – 6 POINTS (42)
11 – RICHMOND 4 POINTS (109)
12 – HAWTHORN – 4 POINTS (64)
13 – GWS – 4 POINTS (59)
14 – WEST COAST – 4 POINTS (13)
15 – ADELAIDE – 4 POINTS (1)
16-18 – ESSENDON, WESTERN BULLDOGS, NORTH MELBOURNE
Well, if you’re not going to lose at all, you’re going to be winning road games, and with the Lions falling over in Tassie, the Dees picked up two points for making the loooooong trek from the MCG over to Marvel Stadium to knock over the Roos. Sure, it’s a cheap way to pick up two points, and I can just see Brisbane fans annoyed that this type of rule is in place, but this is like GWS heading to the SCG, Geelong heading to Marvel, the Lions driving down to the Gold Coast, or Geelong heading up the highway to Melbourne. They’re small trips, but you’re playing at your opponent’s home ground.
The Saints leap into third on the back of their win over Adelaide, whilst three teams remain without a road win for the year – shameful.
UPCOMING FOUR-POINT GAMES
RICHMOND are in the gun, heading up to the SCG
GWS visit the Gabba
ADELAIDE head down to Kardinia Park
FREO visit the MCG
WESTERN BULLDOGS head over to Optus Stadium
HAWTHORN head to Darwin
ESSENDON make their way to Adelaide Oval to take on Port
UPCOMING TWO-POINT GAMES
None this week
Wrestling note of the week – The Bushwhackers were a comedy tag team in the late 80s that were better known for their crazy actions and mannerisms than any in-ring work.
However, Butch and Luke were working violent, hardcore matches long before Paul Heyman took the wrestling action to the extreme.
As ‘The Sheepherders’, these two engaged in a bloody feud with The Fantastics, that even went as far as barbed-wire cage matches in small arenas. Sure, acting like clowns as part of th WWF/E may not have been glamorous, but it probably paid better for a lot less blood, sweat and tears… particularly the first of the three bodily fluids.