‘Not a team that I feel you can trust’
The Demons have beaten some top competition in season 2021.
But in addition to their draw with the 17th-placed Hawks last round, they have lost to some cellar-dwelling opponents in the Pies and Crows and were pushed by North Melbourne.
This week on the Real Footy podcast, Sam McClure, Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall discuss whether the Demons are trustworthy flag contenders. There is still something wrong with how they move the ball from the midfield to attack and Clayton Oliver has conceded they play better against better teams. Will it be a problem for the Dees? Or is there nothing to worry about, given the competition they are likely to come up against in September?
Sam Walsh starred for the Blues in their win over Collingwood on Sunday and he should be well-placed in the top three for the Brownlow at the moment, if not in the lead. He is relentless and is able to lift Carlton, especially when they need it. Walsh was not alone in standing up in the absence of Patrick Cripps. When Cripps returns, can the Blues find a midfield mix that means they don’t rely too much on their co-captain?
This season has been a close one and there’s not much between teams in the race for the finals. Richmond sent a reminder to the competition with their win over the Lions, but suffered a blow when Dustin Martin was ruled out for the rest of the season. While that surely ends their premiership hopes, we make the case that it doesn’t rule them out of a spot in the eight.
But as the Tigers revived their campaign, the Lions took a hit. Their stoppage game fell apart in the second half and with Eric Hipwood out, the onus is on Joe Daniher – though he didn’t get much love inside 50 against Richmond. Should Brisbane be worried as finals approach?
Also this week, a rugby match is causing the AFL all sorts of headaches. As COVID-19 continues to impact the season, will we see hubs return? Could the AFL put the season temporarily on hold? How much of a financial hit are the clubs taking?
Plus, the debate about moving Geelong’s game against Richmond to GMHBA Stadium, how the Swans have overtaken Port in terms of premiership favouritism – though the Power aren’t out of it yet – and can the Roos avoid the wooden spoon?
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