The chance was there to snuff out the Dees’ chances at Optus Stadium on Friday night. In doing so, the Dockers could have had one hand on the Road Warrior Championship of 2022.
But Melbourne are not to be toyed with. In a brilliant display, the Dees snatched back the lead this week and may be on course to be crowned the best road team in the game 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 20
1 – MELBOURNE 22 POINTS (195 points differential in wins)
2 – FREMANTLE 22 POINTS (131)
3 – BRISBANE 18 POINTS (174)
4 – SYDNEY 18 POINTS (154)
5 – GEELONG 18 POINTS (153)
6 – ST KILDA 18 POINTS (145)
7 – COLLINGWOOD 14 POINTS (63)
8 – CARLTON – 10 POINTS (105)
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 – HAWTHORN – 6 POINTS (110)
15 – RICHMOND 4 POINTS (109)
16 – WEST COAST – 4 POINTS (13)
17 – ESSENDON – 4 POINTS (10)
18 – NORTH MELBOURNE – 0 POINTS
What a week for choking! It was like Joe Ganino was making a webcam video by himself!
Not only did the Dockers capitulate to the Dees on Friday night, we had the Lions stopping to a walk and being rolled by the Tigers at the MCG.
This was a prime opportunity for the Lions to not only cement their place in the top four, but to snatch the lead in the Mongrel’s Road Warrior Ladder. If you watched that game, seeing the Lions 42-points ahead, you had to think that they were going to cruise home. However, the Tigers rallied and hit the lead late in the last quarter and Brisbane had nothing left to give.
Amazingly, despite eight games having points for the taking this week, only Melbourne improved their place, leaping back to the top of the table. Every other game went to the team with the home-ground advantage.
Don’t tell me playing at home doesn’t mean something – it is why so many Non-Victorian supporters get pissed when teams play away games at their own home ground.
UPCOMING FOUR-POINT GAMES
GOLD COAST head down to Launceston to face the Hawks in what could surprisingly be a very hotly contested game.
ESSENDON look set to capitalise on GWS at Giants Stadium, particularly given Mark McVeigh stated his team had checked out
FREMANTLE get the chance to redeem themselves with a visit to Marvel Stadium to face the Dogs
RICHMOND head to South Australia to take on Port at Adelaide Oval
SYDNEY are in a great position to strike, taking on North Melbourne at Marvel
CARLTON hit the road to face Brisbane on the rebound
And ADELAIDE head west to face the Eagles at Optus Stadium
UPCOMING TWO-POINT GAMES
ST KILDA drive down the highway to keep their finals hopes alive, facing Geelong at Kardinia Park
The only game with no points up for grabs sees the Magpies and Dees tangle at the MCG.
Wrestling note of the week – Summerslam was this weekend, with Roman Reigns again triumphing over Brock Lesnar, despite Lesnar using some sort of farming machinery to list and ruin the ring. I kid you not…
Best Summerslam of all time? Some are calling this one the best they’ve seen, but I am more old school and prefer the 89 and 90 versions that saw the Brainbusters v Hart Foundation, Rick Rude v Ultimate Warrior x2, and Demolition v The Hart Foundation.
But I am pretty old.
This year’s event marks the first since Vince McMahon stepped down as the boss and moved on into retirement after shelling out vast amounts of coin to keep women quiet about the nature of his relationship with them. Whilst the overall reports about the event have been positive, I have to ask one question about Vince now that he is done.
Was anyone really surprised that he paid hush money to women over the years? I am sure plenty in the business world were, but to anyone who has watched wrestling for the past however-long, the answer would be a resounding no.
Now, they just need the alleged assault of Rita Chatterton in the late 80s to hit the headlines again, and Vince will be completely cooked. Pity she signed a non-disclosure agreement.