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The best footy writers from The Age and SMH bring you the weekly lowdown on all things AFL.

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    Momentum, belief and ‘the only stat that matters’

    Momentum, belief and ‘the only stat that matters’

    This week, Sam McClure, Jake Niall and Greg Baum discuss the Pies, who are confounding statistics and expectations and have now won 11 in a row. Plus, why trading Dustin Martin could be the right move for Richmond, what the future might hold for Lance Franklin, a watching brief on Ken Hinkley and much more.

     

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    • 41 min
    ‘Monumentally poor slip-up’

    ‘Monumentally poor slip-up’

    Jake Niall, Caroline Wilson and Sam McClure discuss the inefficient Blues, their junk stats and how they should be playing to capitalise on their key forward pair. Plus, the contenders for coach of the year, the Lions' woes, where things have gone wrong for GWS and much more.

     

    Read Zoe Samios' piece on the AFL's broadcast rights: https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/game-on-bids-roll-in-for-multi-billion-dollar-afl-deal-20220729-p5b5st.html

    Read Sam McClure's column on Dustin Martin: https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/chasing-the-sun-why-gold-coast-must-make-an-offer-to-lure-dustin-martin-20220725-p5b4cc.html

     

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    • 43 min
    'Flirting with their form'

    'Flirting with their form'

    Special guest Mathew Stokes joins Jake Niall and Sam McClure to discuss the Pies' game plan and how far they can go in 2022, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan's performance, the signs that the Demons have slipped and the importance of Tom Atkins to the Cats. Plus, why the onus should be on the tackler when it comes to high tackling, the looming contract problem for the Blues ... and we get an important Paw Patrol update.

     

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    • 43 min
    'Back in your box'

    'Back in your box'

    Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Sam McClure discuss the imperious Cats, Collingwood young gun Nick Daicos, Richmond's leadership problem, what the future holds for the underrated Luke Breust and much more. Including ... Albanian poets?

     

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    To read Greg Baum's piece on the De Konings: https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/i-d-rather-play-against-him-meet-the-de-konings-all-12-of-them-20220704-p5az16.html

    To read Michael Gleeson's piece on Mark Blicavs: https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/four-points-blicavs-the-utility-blues-hopes-battling-tigers-and-the-fast-rising-daicos-20220717-p5b26d.htmlTo read Sam McClure's piece from inside the ARC: https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/the-controller-the-analyst-and-the-supervisor-inside-the-afl-review-centre-20220717-p5b27c.html
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    • 46 min
    'A little bit of a 2016 feel'

    'A little bit of a 2016 feel'

    Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Sam McClure discuss the open premiership race, Geelong showing their bona fides as contenders and what teams will need to do in the final six rounds to make the eight. Plus, Melbourne's concerns, Richmond's injury woes, whether Essendon have done enough to fend off the spectre of a coaching change and much more.

     

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    • 40 min
    Should the AFL look at a fixture overhaul?

    Should the AFL look at a fixture overhaul?

    This week on the Real Footy podcast, we discuss whether the introduction of a 19th team could provide the perfect opportunity for an overhaul of the fixture, such as a 19-game season, an expanded finals series or a return to state of origin. Plus, what has helped the Pies thrive this season, the worry over Sydney, why the Cats look different this year and much more.

     

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    • 45 min

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