The Road Warrior Ladder – Round 21

With just two rounds of the 2022 AFL season remaining, we’ve come down to a fight between three teams to be crowned the best road team in the AFL.

The Dockers sit at the top of the tree, notching an impressive sixth interstate win of the season (and a draw) as they knocked over the Dogs.

The Dees are in hot pursuit, a game behind with just one road game to play.

And the Swans have surged into contention, with a road game of their own to play out, yet.

It’s going to be tight.

 

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 21

 

1 – FREMANTLE  26 POINTS (148 point differential in wins)

2 – MELBOURNE  22 POINTS (241)

3 – SYDNEY 18 POINTS (192)

4 – BRISBANE  18 POINTS (174)

5 – GEELONG  18 POINTS (153)

6 – ST KILDA  18 POINTS (145)

7 – COLLINGWOOD  14 POINTS (63)

8 – ADELAIDE 12 POINTS (74)

9 – CARLTON – 10 POINTS (105)

10 – RICHMOND – 8 POINTS (147)

11 – WESTERN BULLDOGS  – 8 POINTS (121)

12 – GWS – 8 POINTS (108)

13 – PORT ADELAIDE – 8 POINTS (70)

14 – GOLD COAST – 8 POINTS (41)

145 – HAWTHORN – 6 POINTS (110)

16 – WEST COAST – 4 POINTS (13)

17 – ESSENDON – 4 POINTS (10)

18 – NORTH MELBOURNE – 0 POINTS (0)

 

So, let’s lay it all out.

Freo sit a game clear. They have one road game remaining in Round 23, when they head to Canberra to face the Giants. If they win, it’s over.

Melbourne also have one last stand, against the Lions at the Gabba in what should be a belter irrespective of whether you give a rat’s backside about the Road Warrior Ladder, or not.

And Sydney face the St Kilda in the final game of the season at Marvel.

The Dockers will have the chance to put this away – all they have to do is beat the Giants for their seventh interstate win of the season and they’ll be 2022 champs, however, the Dees have a huge point differential, so if the Dockers slip up, Melbourne can overtake them with a win over the Lions.

As for Sydney, they also have a better point differential than Freo, so the door remains open for them, as well.

 

UPCOMING FOUR-POINT GAMES

BRISBANE head to Marvel Stadium as they attempt to end the season of the Saints

GWS tangle with their old mates, the Western Bulldogs, also at Marvel

NORTH MELBOURNE will desperately attempt to get their first points of the season as they head to Adelaide to take on the Crows

GEELONG head to Queensland to take on The Suns

COLLINGWOOD head to the SCG to take n the Swans (should be a belter)

And PORT ADELAIDE head to Marvel to take on the Bombers

 

UPCOMING TWO-POINT GAMES

No two-point games this week.

 

Wrestling note of the week – Ric Flair wrestled his last match (apparently) over the last week, with the Nature Boy seemingly unable to stay away from the life that gave him so much, and took away plenty in the process. Possibly more than his many ex-wives.

Now 73, Flair suffered a huge heart attack about four or five years ago and was close to death, but credit where it’s due – he has battled back to be in pretty good shape for an old fella.

Flair will be remembered as the stylin’,  profilin’, kiss-stealing, wheeling, dealing, jet-flying, limousine-riding son of a gun, but I sincerely hope this is genuinely the last time we see him in the ring. Wrestling luminaries such as Undertaker, Bret Hart, and Mick Foley all showed up to the Nashville event to witness the match in which Slick Ric finally said goodbye.

Maybe this time, he might mean it?

 

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