A backline that has virtually been decimated. A precarious spot on the edge of the eight. Is it time to finally pull the pin on the Tigers’ flag hopes this season?
This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson discuss the race for the eight and which teams should be premiership favourites. Will the Leigh Matthews philosophy – that you only have to be the best team in September – come into play in 2021?
The Tigers have a good run home in the race for the eight and they are better than other contenders. The Swans and Giants will surely be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in NSW. Will West Coast also struggle due to border restrictions? And could the Bombers sneak in, with their good percentage?
In terms of flag favouritism, Geelong didn’t really fire a shot in their loss to Brisbane, and the game looked like it could have been a shift for Shaun Higgins, and not for the better. Will the Cats be too old come September? How much will they miss Mitch Duncan? While the loss to the Lions may have just been a bad night, there are some areas of concern.
Also this week, we talk the Saints. Luke Dunstan starred against Richmond and St Kilda look a different team with Paddy Ryder and Rowan Marshall in the side. They were also boosted by the return of Tim Membrey and Seb Ross. But they have poor percentage and when they lose, they lose badly. Do they have the nucleus of a very good team? And how are they going to handle Ryder’s departure, with the end of his career approaching?
The review at Carlton is set to begin on Monday. Will the win over Adelaide relieve some of the pressure on coach David Teague? Will Marc Murphy play 300 games? And on the subject of clubs underperforming: what should the AFL do with Gold Coast?
Plus, Shaun Burgoyne’s extraordinary story on the eve of his 400th game, the statement Robert Harvey could have made at the selection table, and was Tim O’Brien’s mark the best of the year?