‘The games the season needed’

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Jake Niall, Caroline Wilson and Greg Baum discuss three huge games from round 11.

More than 80,000 people were at the MCG on Sunday to enjoy “footy the way it was” – not just pre-pandemic, but also two power clubs of old going head-to-head on a great occasion. How much does the loss really mean for the Blues, aside from the injury to Jacob Weitering?

On the other hand, the victory leaves the Pies in a good position in the fight for a spot in the eight and their run home is pretty favourable. In another positive, Oliver Henry has been showing what a good player he is for Collingwood in the last few weeks. And Jordan De Goey is bringing consistency to his game, but have we seen enough to justify a mega contract for him going forward?

The Demons’ winning streak is finally at an end, courtesy of the Dockers and one of their best ever quarters of footy. After a tough couple of weeks, this win gets Fremantle’s season up and going again. Has coach Justin Longmuir been underrated? However, there is a problem looming for the WA team, albeit a good one: what to do with Nat Fyfe when he is ready to play?

Friday night’s match ended in controversy with a decision not to pay a 50-metre penalty to the Tigers. But the match shouldn’t have come down to that for Richmond and there were some moves that they could have made to halt the Swans in the run home. Could this be the game that costs them a spot in the eight come September?

Also this week, North Melbourne’s struggles continue on and off the field. We discuss the loss of three recruiters just before the draft and the story behind it, and the other signs of issues at the club.

Plus, reading into body language at Essendon, the interesting bind that Trent Cotchin and Jack Riewoldt have the Tigers in this season, the state of play on a team in Tasmania and much more.

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