The Robert Flower WIngman of the Year Award – Round Two

It is a week of ‘what could have been…’ for some of the league’s best wingmen, with the penalties for playing different roles impacting scoring.

Of course, I am talking about Errol Gulden, who seems to be the player most impacted by this penalty, yet still manages to post pretty bloody scores as a wingman.

He played just over half the game on the wing (attended 17 centre bounces) and has incurred the wrath of the wingman god… who is in this case me.

Anyway, on with the usual spiel…


In 2024, we are honoured and privileged at The Mongrel Punt to be granted permission from the Flower family to name our Wingman of the Year Award after one of the greatest players the Melbourne Football Club has ever produced.

The Robbie Flower Wingman of the Year Award covers one of the more neglected positions in the league over the last decade. Whilst 2023 saw some recognition for the outside runners, with both Josh Daicos and Errol Gulden named to the All-Australian team, it has largely been a role that has been overlooked by all except those with a keen eye for what wingmen mean to a team – the defensive running, the link-up play, the creativity, and the potent metres-gained aspect of their play.

Now in its fifth season, The Robert Flower Wingman of the Year is the only award of its kind, ranking the wingmen of the league on a weekly basis, combining statistical data with a voting structure to assess those playing the role.

Previous winners are as follows.

2020 – Sam Menegola (Geelong)

2021 – Paul Seedsman (Adelaide)

2022 – Karl Amon (Port Adelaide)

2023 – Josh Daicos (Collingwood)

How does the scoring work?

Well, eligible players are ranked from 1-10 and awarded points in a number of statistical categories pertinent to the role of the wingmen. This score is combined with applicable votes and a little formula to reward disposal efficiency, and viola!!! There is a total score at the end. It’s a nice little system and has been pretty accurate when assessing big performances in the role for four years, now.

The top of the leaderboard is now pretty tight, as you’d expect with some players having two games to their name, and others having just the one outing. Over the next couple of weeks, I expect things to really level out as we separate the contenders from the pretenders.


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