Five interstate wins sees the Fremantle Dockers once again sitting atop the Mongrel’s Road Warrior Ladder after Round 17, and it is a position they thoroughly deserve.
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 17
1 – FREMANTLE 20 POINTS (131 POINT DIFFERENTIAL IN WINS)
2 – MELBOURNE 18 POINTS (195)
3 – GEELONG – 14 POINTS (145)
4 – SYDNEY – 14 PTS (137)
5 – BRISBANE – 14 POINTS (134)
6 – ST KILDA – 14 POINTS (117)
7 – CARLTON – 10 POINTS (105)
8 – COLLINGWOOD – 10 POINTS (58)
9 – WESTERN BULLDOGS – 8 POINTS (121)
10 – GWS – 8 POINTS (108)
11 – PORT ADELAIDE – 8 POINTS (70)
12 – ADELAIDE – 8 POINTS (58)
13 – GOLD COAST – 8 POINTS (41)
14 – RICHMOND 4 POINTS (109)
15 – HAWTHORN – 4 POINTS (64)
16 – WEST COAST – 4 POINTS (13)
17 – ESSENDON – 4 POINTS (10)
18 – NORTH MELBOURNE – 0 POINTS
Three teams on the move this weekend, with the Dockers surging back to the top spot with their league-leading fifth interstate win of the season. I love what this team has been able to do in 2022 – they’re beating other contending teams anywhere, anytime and they look very much like a certain 2013 version of the team that adopted the same mantra.
Wins at Kardinia Park, the MCG, and now Marvel Stadium… Freo are building nicely toward September footy, and as a neutral, man they are good to watch!
Carlton absorbed the best the Eagles could throw at them at Optus Stadium, before rampaging home in the last quarter, whilst the Bombers – they got their first road win of the season, and it was an excellent one, taking advantage of a Brisbane team that had multiple outs due to both injury and health and safety protocols.
That is no excuse for Brisbane, whose lack of pressure at the contest was preyed upon by the Bombers.
UPCOMING FOUR-POINT GAMES
COLLINGWOOD head to South Australia to take on the Crows at Adelaide Oval.
BRISBANE travel to Canberra to face the Giants in a danger game
SYDNEY make the trip west to take on Freo in what could be the game of the week
WEST COAST make a rare 2022 visit to the MCG to tackle the Hawks
PORT ADELAIDE head to the Northern Territory to face the Dees in an attempt to save their season
And GOLD COAST travel down to Marvel to face ESSENDON
UPCOMING TWO-POINT GAMES
RICHMOND pack their bags and make the arduous trek across town to Marvel Stadium to face North Melbourne. Note – Damien Hardwick has not been happy about being scheduled there, but then again, this is not a Tiger home game.
Both the Cats and Saints are not eligible for points this week despite being the away team. The Saints are playing the Dogs at Marvel, and in a statement that is sure to ruffle some fur, the Cats play the Blues at the MCG… which is also classified as their home ground… so there.
Wrestling note of the week – Bruiser Brody was one of the more infamous wrestlers of the 1980s, and had a reputation for not cooperating when he didn’t want to. His cage match from Florida against Lex Luger saw Brody simply refusing to sell for any of Luger’s offence, with the then-young Luger panicking and getting the hell out of there.
As a result of his unpredictability, Brody was not an ideal employee for the WWF, or WCW for that matter. Instead, he worked Japan and Puerto Rico quite often, and it was whilst working for the latter that he met an untimely end.
Whilst engaging in a heated argument with the booker of the Puerto Rico territory, Brody was stabbed and killed by Jose Huertas Gonzalez, who wrestled under the name Invader 1. He was later acquitted on the grounds of self-defence. It is speculated that part of the reason Gonzalez was acquitted was due to the nature of Pro Wrestling in Puerto Rico, where it was taken more seriously at the time, and people believed that Frank Goodish (Brody’s real name) was really the uncontrollable maniac he played in the ring.