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‘No one expected them to be there’

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson review the preliminary finals, including a look ahead to what is shaping as an unbelievable grand final, and discuss where to now for the eliminated teams.

Should the Bulldogs be favoured because of their run to the decider and their recent history of success? Does the pre-grand final bye help them more than it helps the Demons? Is quarantine going to be a disadvantage for them? Luke Beveridge likes a backs-to-the-wall situation, and it’s all been set up for that mindset so far this finals series. After an ordinary end to the home-and-away season, the Bulldogs are firing.

There has been plenty of change at Melbourne to help get them where they are at the moment. From playing more selfless football, which Angus Brayshaw embodies this season, to the changes they made at board level, to changes in the coaching department, they have been very well-run. In addition, Max Gawn has stepped up as captain. Has he taken the mantle as the AFL’s most universally liked player?

But with the success stories of Melbourne and the Bulldogs, come the disappointments for Geelong and Port Adelaide. What change can we expect from those clubs in the off-season?

The Cats are at a crossroads. Their list and game style didn’t stand up in finals. Is it time for a refresh? What trading currency do they have to get into the draft? What does the future hold for Joel Selwood? Having invested so much in Selwood, Patrick Dangerfield and Tom Hawkins, who are now getting to the tail ends of their careers, they face a big challenge.

On Saturday night, Port Adelaide were on the canvas before they knew what had happened. Was happened to their on-field leadership? Were they mentally already placing themselves in the grand final? Or did the Bulldogs simply come out with too much momentum that the Power could not stop? How harshly should we be judging Port for their season as a whole? They are well-coached and have a young core that they can build around, but scrutiny and change could be on the way for the football department.

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