And just like the AFL Ladder, the Dees have hit back after a slump and now sit atop The Mongrel’s Road Warrior Ladder once more.
Can they be toppled?
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 16
1 – MELBOURNE 18 POINTS (195 point differential in wins)
2 – FREMANTLE – 16 POINTS (90)
3 – GEELONG – 14 POINTS (145)
4 – SYDNEY – 14 PTS (137)
5 – BRISBANE – 14 POINTS (134)
6 – ST KILDA – 14 POINTS (117)
7 – COLLINGWOOD – 10 POINTS (58)
8 – WESTERN BULLDOGS – 8 POINTS (121)
9 – GWS – 8 POINTS (108)
10 – PORT ADELAIDE – 8 POINTS (70)
11 – 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
Two movers this week, with the Dees flexing their muscles in Adelaide to pick up their fourth interstate win of the season. Ony Freo has more, and with the Dockers heading to Marvel Stadium this week, and the Dees visiting Kardinia Park, we could have a tie at the top.
Collingwood is the other mover, with their big win in Queensland pushing them into the top eight.
UPCOMING FOUR-POINT GAMES
WESTERN BULLDOGS head to Sydney to take on the Swans in what looms as an elimination final for them.
RICHMOND head to Metricon Stadium t take on the Suns
FREMANTLE jet over to Marvel to face St KIlda
GWS head to Adelaide Oval to take on Port
ESSENDON head to the Gabba and face the Lions
ADELAIDE play the Hawks at Marvel… for some reason
And CARLTON travel across the country to face West Coast. This smells like a danger game to me.
UPCOMING TWO-POINT GAMES
MELBOURNE head down the highway, taking on the Cats at Kardinia Park
NORTH MELBOURNE try to claim their first points of the season, going crosstown to play Collingwood at the G
So, every game this week is potentially worth points. Keep an eye on those away teams – we have six teams capable of hitting top spot this coming week.
Wrestling note of the week – Big John Studd was a pretty big name in the eighties as part of the Bobby Heenan Family, but for someone who worked so often with Andre the Giant, he seemed to have a bit of the death wish.
You see, Andre did not like the fact that Big John would step over the top rope when accessing the ring before matches – that was Andre’s thing, and the Giant believed Studd was attempting to steal his thunder. In actual fact, Studd, despite being Andre’s in-ring nemesis for years, was a real sweetheart and continually put Andre over… he just wanted to step over the top rope because it was part of his “being big” gimmick.
Anyway, there was never any physical altercation, but displeasing the Giant wasn’t the wisest move. Studd passed away in 1995, at the age of just 47. Andre went two years earlier, at 46.