After bouncing out of the gates, it appeared our leader had an insurmountable lead over the first nine weeks of the season.
Breaking from the pack, Nick Daicos racked up points in the Mongrel’s Defensive Player of the Year Award like Ben Cousins used to rack up… umm… billiard balls went he went to play pool. Yeah, that’ll do.
But I’ve been saying for weeks, all it takes is one huge week and the gap can close suddenly. And in Round Ten, not only did it close, we saw the young Collingwood star fall from the top of the tree.
One of the most glaring absences in the AFL’s award structure is the failure to recognise the best defenders in the game.
In 2020, The Mongrel had enough of the league dragging its feet and missing a golden opportunity to honour the unsung heroes of the league. As such, we introduced The Mongrel Punt Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Now in year four, the DPOY award captures the performances of the best defenders in the game, irrespective of their roles. We make provision for the contest-killers, the interceptors, the rebounders, the run-and-carry players, and even the defensive midfielders. Our formula uses statistics – both official and a few of our own, as well as a combination of votes to find a number each week for the defenders.
At the end of the season, we crown our Defensive Player of the Year, and what is ridiculous is that it automatically makes our award the longest-running award with a focus on the defenders. Hell, even if the AFL decided to extract the digit and start one right now, we’d have more history behind our efforts.
That’s actually pretty sad – the AFL should be doing a lot better, here.
Anyway, who will join Luke Ryan (2020), Jacob Weitering (2021), and James Sicily as winners of the best award on offer for the defenders in the league?
Let’s jump into our Round Eight results and overall leaderboard.
Now, I know some of you will ask – I am a member; why can’t I see this? This is for the Inner Circle Member tier – always has been. This is what these people generously pay a bit extra for, so I am more than happy to dive deep for them when it comes to this content. If you’re a Mongrel Member and you’d like to upgrade, go right ahead. If not, that’s cool, as well. But this is not a new thing – has been that way for over two years now. Wanna join them?