The ‘butterfly effect’ at Melbourne this season


The idea of playing for the team, not the individual, is one that would be used at almost every club. But in 2021, the Demons are actually living it.

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Jimmy Bartel discuss the Demons, who are showing a real sense of maturity. With arguably the best list in the AFL, they look to have a real understanding of how each individual affects the team and giving each other the best chance to shine. Can they go all the way this season?

Also in this episode, a discussion of the Bombers and the value assistant coach Blake Caracella has brought to the club. We also look back at Essendon’s win over Collingwood on Anzac Day, the misleading stat that the Pies won on the day, and the stat that is proving to be a key indicator this season – which Essendon dominated in. Plus, Zach Merrett has starred for Essendon this season – could he be a more valuable free agent this year than Carlton’s Patrick Cripps.

Meanwhile, Toby Greene has stepped in as GWS captain and it can’t be separated from GWS’ on-field efforts in recent weeks. Jaeger O’Meara has been similarly excellent as a leader for the Hawks and against the Crows helped them in a big comeback for the second time this season.

Riley Thilthorpe absolutely starred on debut for Adelaide and the way he marks the ball is an exciting indicator of what he will be able to do going forward – unless you’re a defender, in which case, it’s bad news.

Plus: the Tigers have depth and Bartel is not ruling them out despite their injuries and run of losses – history shows they can hold the fort until the cavalry arrives; the Cats could tell within 15 minutes of meeting with Travis Boak that he wouldn’t leave Port Adelaide; the Saints are “unravelling”; and why Geelong’s thumping of West Coast said more about the Cats than the Eagles.

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