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The best footy writers from The Age and SMH bring you the weekly lowdown on all things AFL. If you like the pod, please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear from you and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. And, why not become a subscriber? Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Click on the links to subscribe https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or https://subscribe.smh.com.au/

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The best footy writers from The Age and SMH bring you the weekly lowdown on all things AFL. If you like the pod, please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear from you and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. And, why not become a subscriber? Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Click on the links to subscribe https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or https://subscribe.smh.com.au/

The Demons taken too soon

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In the lead-up to the grand final, we're bringing you stories about some of the characters who have shaped Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. Today, Megan Hustwaite on her chats with the families of five Demons who died too young, for whom Saturday’s grand final will be tinged with both sadness and celebration.

Read the story from Megan Hustwaite here.

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Sep 22 2021

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'Why not now? Why not us?'

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In the lead-up to the grand final, we're bringing you stories about some of the characters who have shaped Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. Today, Martin Flanagan tells some of his favourite stories from the 2016 grand final: the Bulldogs army's Joan of Arc; a special game-day experience for a fan who lost her father; why language was no barrier for a Tigers fan toasting the Bulldogs in Outer Mongolia; and what the premiership meant to one lonely expat.

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Sep 20 2021

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Will the bye disadvantage the Dees?

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This week, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson look ahead to the grand final, take you inside the room on Brownlow night and talk off-field moves at the AFL and Carlton.

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Sep 20 2021

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'I didn't think football suited my personality'

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In the lead-up to the grand final, we're bringing you stories about some of the characters who have shaped Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. Today, Martin Flanagan on former Dogs skipper Easton Wood, who started out as a kid who didn't think footy would be for him and ended up thrust into leadership in a premiership season. This episode features excerpts from the book ‘A Wink from the Universe’ about the 2016 premiers, including Wood's incredible finals campaign with an ankle injury.

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Sep 19 2021

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The Clayton Oliver story

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In the lead-up to the grand final, we're bringing you stories about some of the characters who have shaped Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. Today, Peter Ryan explains how Clayton Oliver moved to Mooroopna at 17 to kickstart his AFL dream - and how he convinced Melbourne that they should pick him.

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Sep 18 2021

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The young prince of Whitten Oval

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In the lead-up to the grand final, we're bringing you stories about some of the characters who have shaped Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. Today, Martin Flanagan on star midfielder Marcus Bontempelli, who even as a youngster left his teammates in awe. Features excerpts from the book ‘A Wink from the Universe’ about the 2016 premiers.

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Sep 17 2021

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Norm Smith, Melbourne and a 57-year curse

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In the lead-up to the grand final, we're bringing you stories about some of the characters who have shaped Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. Today, Greg Baum on Melbourne and football legend Norm Smith, and the curse that has hung over the Demons for 57 years.

To read the full story from Greg Baum, click here.

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Sep 16 2021

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‘He gets off on being different’

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In the lead-up to the grand final, we're bringing you stories about some of the characters who have shaped Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. Today, Martin Flanagan gives an insight into Bulldogs star Tom Liberatore and reads from his book ‘A wink from the universe’, about the 2016 Bulldogs.
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Sep 15 2021

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'We've been in the wilderness for such a long time'

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In the lead-up to the grand final, we're bringing you stories about some of the characters who have shaped Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.

Today, reporter Daniel Cherny on his chat with former Demons president Joseph Gutnick, who was in charge the last time the club played in a grand final.

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Sep 14 2021

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‘No one expected them to be there’

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This week, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson discuss the backs-to-the-wall Bulldogs, the selfless and stable Dees, the Cats at a crossroads and what change might be coming at the Power.

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Sep 13 2021

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Prelims, trades and boardroom moves

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Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson delve into the latest AFL news, including fallout from the semi-finals, Lachie Neale's consideration of a move back to Freo and off-field happenings at Collingwood and Carlton.

Read Jake Niall's piece on Carlton

Read Jake Niall's piece on Toby Greene

Read Michael Gleeson's piece on Craig McRae's appointment

Read Michael Gleeson's piece wrapping the semi-finals

Read Caroline Wilson's piece with Sam McClure about Ross Lyon pulling out of the running for the Blues job

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Sep 06 2021

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The Cats' September question

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Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson discuss the Cats’ finals efforts against high-intensity, high-pressure teams and the other issues on their plate at the moment. Plus, Toby Greene's umpire bump, the key to the Dogs' finals run and much more.

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Aug 30 2021

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A free hit, the club in a tailspin and the tough team to beat

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This week, Caroline Wilson, Jake Niall and Sam McClure look ahead to a mouthwatering first week of finals. Who goes into the finals as premiership favourites? Can the Bulldogs turn their form around? How worried should Chris Scott be about the Cats? And will the Dons fans make Tasmania feel like Windy Hill? Plus, the off-field action heats up for the clubs that didn't make finals, including Carlton and Collingwood.

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Aug 23 2021

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'They belong in the eight'

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There's everything to play for in round 23, with the top eight - including top four positions - not yet decided. This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Sam McClure look ahead to a huge weekend of footy. Should the Dees be flag favourites? Which teams pushing for a finals spot deserve it the most and which is making a case for a review? Plus, a tribute to Eddie Betts as his career looks set to come to an end and much more.

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Aug 16 2021

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'It's likely that these will be his last two games as Carlton coach'

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This week, Sam McClure, Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall discuss the coaching situation at Ikon Park and how it might impact Alastair Clarkson's future. Plus, the Bombers are pushing for finals and would be an entertaining watch, what the Giants should do with Josh Kelly's contract and much more.

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Aug 09 2021

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Hawthorn's 'sad' and 'unprofessional' handling of Clarkson's departure

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This week on the Real Footy podcast, Caroline Wilson, Jake Niall and Sam McClure reflect on one of the stories of the year and one in which they exclusively broke the news - the imminent departure of legendary Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson. West Coast also come under the spotlight for their poor showing in Shannon Hurn's 300th match. 

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Aug 02 2021

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Carlton's ‘gigantic risk’ on Teague with coaching talent available

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This week on the Real Footy podcast, Caroline Wilson, Jake Niall and Sam McClure put the coaching landscape under the microscope and examine Carlton’s next most likely move. Plus, the latest AFL fixturing machinations are examined – including the difficulties for the WA government. And a key question for Melbourne fans: should Ben Brown have been “given a go” earlier? Plus, one for all sports fans: was the Port Adelaide-Collingwood match more interesting than the Olympics opening ceremony?

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Jul 26 2021

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‘Not a team that I feel you can trust’

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The Demons have beaten top teams but struggled against some weaker opposition. Is this a problem or nothing to worry about, given the competition Melbourne are likely to come up against in September? Plus, why losing Dusty doesn't end Richmond's September chances, Sam Walsh's push for the Brownlow and much more.

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Jul 19 2021

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'They just looked shot'

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Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson discuss whether this it for Richmond’s finals hopes in 2021, Trent Cotchin's future, how far the Swans can go, Melbourne's return to form, the succession plan at Hawthorn and much more.

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Jul 12 2021

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Should Melbourne’s dip in form be a big concern?

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Michael Gleeson, Caroline Wilson and Peter Ryan discuss the Demons ahead of a big test against Port Adelaide. Plus: why Patrick Dangerfield can be the difference for Geelong, what might be causing the Tigers' slump, and are we reaching the end of an era at West Coast?

Read Caroline Wilson's piece about AFLW here.

Read Peter Ryan's piece about Shaun Burgoyne and the 400 club here.

Read Jake Niall's piece about Adam Cerra here.

Read Michael Gleeson's piece on Patrick Dangerfield here.

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Jul 05 2021

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