Smell that?

It’s the smell of finals, wafting on the breeze. We may be in the midst of Winter, but Spring is not too far away, and with just eight rounds remaining, wins on the road become like gold.

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 15

 

1 – FREMANTLE – 16 POINTS (90 point differential in wins)

2 – MELBOURNE – 14 POINTS (166)

3 – GEELONG – 14 POINTS (145)

4 – SYDNEY – 14 PTS (137)

5 – BRISBANE – 14 POINTS (134)

6 – ST KILDA – 14 POINTS (117)

7 – WESTERN BULLDOGS  – 8 POINTS (121)

8 – GWS – 8 POINTS (108)

9 – PORT ADELAIDE – 8 POINTS (70)

10 – ADELAIDE – 8 POINTS (58)

11 – GOLD COAST – 8 POINTS (41)

12 – COLLINGWOOD – 6 POINTS (53)

13 – CARLTON – 6 POINTS (42)

14 – RICHMOND 4 POINTS (109)

15 – HAWTHORN – 4 POINTS (64)

16 – WEST COAST – 4 POINTS (13)

17-18 – ESSENDON, NORTH MELBOURNE – 0 POINTS

 

Just one mover this week, with the home teams, or at least those who share a ground, all getting up.

Except for the Crows, clocking their first in Tassie at the expense of the hapless Kangaroos. The Crows piggy-backed off ten goals from Tex Walker and Darcy Fogarty as North tried their biggest, strongest defender up forward.

Hey, his brother can do it!

Essendon and North Melbourne… well, they have flat out sucked, but at least the Bombers have managed to win a few at home. North… wow, they are limping to the line.

 

UPCOMING FOUR-POINT GAMES

WESTERN BULLDOGS head to the Gabba to take on the Lions

SYDNEY look to move into the lead as they encounter the Bombers at the MCG.

MELBOURNE head to Adelaide Oval to take on the Crows

COLLINGWOOD head to Queensland to take on the Suns

WEST COAST take a trip to the MCG to encounter the Tigers

HAWTHORN head to Giants Stadium to encounter GWS

And PORT ADELAIDE face make-or-break game against the Dockers at Optus Stadium

 

UPCOMING TWO-POINT GAMES

NORTH MELBOURNE look to score their first points of the year, taking on the Cats at Kardinia Park

So, the only games not worth any points this week are the battle of the co-tenants, Carlton and St Kilda at Marvel.

 

Wrestling note of the week – My personal favourite wrestler, Randy Savage was a… well, a little bit nuts, to say the least. Savage was always in-character as soon as he entered the building, and had this maniacal work ethic.

Just prior to Wrestlemania 5, Savage was admitted to hospital with a staph infection in his elbow. Against the doctor’s orders, he discharged himself from the hospital and made it to the show to drop the title to Hulk Hogan as he believed it was the right thing to do.

Amazingly, though the two would meet hundreds of times over the next 10-12 years, Hogan never actually repaid the favour, defeating Savage for several other titles but never allowing Savage to have a win over him.

I reckon Randy was far too generous.