With eight rounds remaining, the race for the 2022 Wingman of the Year remains an open one…
… but the window of opportunity is closing slowly, and with every passing week, the gap narrows a little more.
Ou leader stretched his margin over second by a small amount this week, but it was the third-place man once again deployed as a half-back that put him in a tough position. The next two weeks could go a long way to deciding this – we either see the top three battle it out on the wings, or we see the top two, with the third man continuing to fall down the ladder as a result of coaching.
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 15 results and the overall leaderboard.
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