When the moment came, he demanded the ball. And he nailed the kick.
Marcus Bontempelli stood up for the Western Bulldogs at the crunch moment in their win over West Coast, as Dustin Martin has so often for the Tigers.
This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall discuss whether Bontempelli is the logical choice to challenge Dusty as the best player in the AFL. Niall argues that with height, ability to step around players, a beautiful kick, overhead marking ability and more, the only think Bontempelli lacks is Martin’s power and speed – but he has other strings to his bow that Martin lacks.
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We also discuss the Blues, who went in to their clash with the Pies as favourites but were disappointing after a spirited round-one performance.
Marc Murphy has been down on form and played out of position. Could he find himself out of the side when the Blues play Fremantle? Do the fast-moving game and fewer stoppages brought about by the new rules disadvantage Patrick Cripps? And how could that affect his future at Carlton?
Meanwhile, the coronavirus situation in Brisbane has changed rapidly, with their men’s team stuck in Victoria and their match against Collingwood moved from the Gabba to Marvel Stadium. It’s a “disaster” for the team that has been in the middle of drama and controversy since they lost to the Cats on Friday night. The panel discusses the crucial missed free kick, the confrontation with Cats coach Chris Scott and their forced relocation. What will it mean for the Lions going forward, and their finals chances?
Also up for discussion are North Melbourne, where things are going to get “pretty ugly” this year, and further north the spotlight is on Leon Cameron, with GWS struggling early in the season and their players looking slow and lacking run. But after a tough period of scrutiny following round one, Collingwood’s stars stood up and their movement into the forward line was much improved. They looked like a fast, attacking team again. But how much of that was down to their own improvement, and how much was down to Carlton’s inability to defend?
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