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Footy Focus Podcast

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Shanaka & Shehan (Sri Lankan-Australian, Accountant & Architect, Port & Roos fans) discuss all things AFL.
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Footy Focus Podcast Ep 9 - 2021 - Special Guest Matty Bonicci, Round 8 Review/Round 9 Preview
Recorded on 10 May 2021 0-22.18 SPECIAL GUEST MATTY BONNICI (HOST OF 'TALKING CITY' ON 1116SEN & LIFELONG COLLINGWOOD FAN) - Matty's role on SEN1116 and how he got into it - Pies supporter's perspective on Eddie's departure - 2020 trade period PR disaster - Is Bucks's time up as coach?  - Should Cox & De Goey be used as trade bait?  - Prison bars guernsey debate 22.19-51.23 EPISODE 9  NORTH MELBOURNE VS COLLINGWOOD REVIEW  - Pies dominate contested ball & clearances early - Hall & McKay continue to shine down back PORT ADELAIDE VS ADELAIDE REVIEW - Port bounce back by winning contested possessions  - Clurey BOG in career best game & Lycett suspension NORTH MELBOURNE VS HAWTHORN PREVIEW  - Can McKay restrict Koschitzke? - Will LDU & Simpkin expose Hawks mids lack of pace? PORT ADELAIDE VS WESTERN BULLDOGS PREVIEW - Should Ladhams or Hayes replace Lycett?  - Can Port negate best midfield brigade in the comp?  ROUND 9 TIPS - The boys enter their tips and discuss other teams
May 11, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 8 - 2021 - Round 7 Review/Round 8 Preview
Recorded on 4 May 2021 FOOTY NEWS FLASH - Another WA COVID-19 scare results in no crowd for derby  TALKING POINTS - AFL admits Cameron mark should've been paid  - McCartin cops 5 match ban for jaw punch in VFL  PORT ADELAIDE VS BRISBANE REVIEW  - Ports fails 2nd test on road against flag contender - Smashed in contested ball & countless missed tackles - BOG Andews takes advantage of poor i50 entries - Only Wines, Drew & Allir get pass marks  NORTH MELBOURNE VS MELBOURNE REVIEW - Roos produce best footy of season in 1st half  - Lack of experience prevents win in the end - Hall & Turner career resurgences in new roles - Cunnington dominant in clearances NORTH MELBOURNE VS COLLINGWOOD PREIVEW  - Can Roos notch 1st win in their best chance yet?  - Will Stephenson prove Pies wrong?  - Can Cunnington & Simpkin outplay below-par Pies midfield?  PORT ADELAIDE VS ADELAIDE PREVIEW - Can Port bounce back again after a listless loss?  - Will Clurey nullify Tex?  - Should Marshall & Hartlett keep their places?  UNDER-RATED SURPRISE PACKETS - Miller & McStay earn praise from Shez & Naks ROUND 8 TIPS - Naks takes 2 point lead
May 5, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 7 - 2021 - Round 6 Review/Round 7 Preview
Recorded on 26 April 2021 FOOTY NEWS FLASH - Roos forced to isolate for 14 days after WA lockdown TALKING POINTS - Players taking set shots exploiting stand rule loophole - Ladder takes shapes with Dogs & Dees top 4 locks nearly NORTH MELBOURNE VS FREMANTLE REVIEW - Inconsistent Roos only play well in 1st and 3rd quarters - Ziebell putting together strong case for AA spot - Composure from Powell & Phillips stand out - North missing 2nd key forward to support Larkey PORT ADELAIDE VS ST KILDA REVIEW - Port clinical against down on confidence Saints - Jonas & Allir mark everything  - Amon sneaky AA contender & Wines AA lock - Houston to stay in midfield with likes of Frederick emerging 2022 DRAFT PROSPECTS - No.1 pick contenders Daicos & Horne impress NORTH MELBOURNE VS MELBOURNE PREVIEW - Can Goldstein give Roos mids first-use & beat Gawn?  - Will Ben Brown return to face former side? - Who matches up on Petracca in midfield & down back? PORT ADELAIDE VS BRISBANE PREVIEW - Can Port land big scalp away from home?  - Does Drew keep Rockliff out?  - Will Ladhams return as 2nd ruck?  UNDER-RATED SURPRISE PACKETS - Farrar & Laverde earn praise from Shez & Naks ROUND 7 TIPS - Shez maintains 2 point margin - Will Tigers respond & knock off unbeaten Dogs? 
April 28, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 6 - 2021 - Round 5 Review/Round 6 Preview
Recorded on 20 April 2021 FOOTY NEWS FLASH - 3rd time lucky Lions upset Crows in AFLW grand final  TALKING POINTS - The boys' take on $20,000 fine for Collingwood - Shez's thoughts on Duncan avoiding ban for knocking out Hall PORT ADELAIDE VS CARLTON REVIEW - Mature win after Houston & Hartlett injuries with other sore bodies - Allir shuts down McKay plus saves countless goals  - Classy Gray the difference to half-time - Dixon, Georgiades & Marshall forward trio dominates NORTH MELBOURNE VS GEELONG REVIEW - Another step forward in rebuild with 4 quarter effort - Experienced Ziebell, Cunnington & Goldstein lead from the front - McKay, Bonar, Atu & Young excel down back - Simpkin, Powell, Stephenson & Larkey all impressive  PORT ADELAIDE VS ST KILDA PREVIEW - Will Saints respond again to a blowout loss?  - Do Ladhams and Rockliff return to line-up?  - Who comes in if Houston misses? NORTH MELBOURNE VS FREMANTLE PREVIEW - Will Roos rest some experienced players? - Which players match up on Brayshaw, Fyfe and Mundy?  - Who lines up on Walters?  SNEAKY AA CONTENDERS - Salem & Pickett earn praise from Naks & Shez ROUND 6 TIPS - Naks's perfect round reduces lead to 2 - Will Dees knock off Tigers in their biggest test so far?
April 21, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 5 - 2021 - Round 4 Review/Round 5 Preview
Recorded on 12 April 2021 FOOTY NEWS FLASH - The boys's takes on suspensions for Daniel & Cunnington, and Harbrow not cited  - top 2 seeds Crows & Lions reach AFLW grand final  TALKING POINTS - Man-on-mark rule allows defenders to move around behind the mark NORTH MELBOURNE VS ADELAIDE REVIEW - Roos promising for 3/4 quarters, but fall away in 4th  - Injuries, inside 50 efficiency & goal kicking falter again - Powell's hand balling, Phillips's kicking & Lazzarro's speed the highlights - Ben McKay takes points vs Tex in another step forward - Will Walker, Xerri, Tyson, Atu & Menadue press claims in VFL  PORT ADELAIDE VS RICHMOND REVIEW  - Port reverses clearance dominance in prelim final - Gutsy win with 6 players hobbled by end - Allir beats Riewoldt, Lachie Jones impressive debut & Drew steps up late  - Gray comes up clutch again with goal & rushed behind NORTH MELBOURNE VS GEELONG PREVIEW  - Who comes in for McDonald & Zurhaar?  - Will Phillips run with Selwood?  - Who matches up on Hawkins, Cameron & Danger? PORT ADELAIDE VS CARLTON PREVIEW - Who takes Cripps in middle & up forward? - Can Aliir beat Harry McKay 1-on-1?  - Does Marshall come back in? ROUND 5 TIPS - The boys enter their tips with Shez still holding 4 point lead - Will Dogs & Swans stay unbeaten?
April 13, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 4 - 2021 - Round 3 Review/Round 4 Preview
Recorded on 5 April 2021 FOOTY NEWS FLASH - The boys's takes on if new rules are causing more blowouts - Pies come from behind win vs Roos & Melbourne upset Freo in AFLW finals TALKING POINTS - Recent rebuilds by Lions, Melbourne & Carlton track well behind North Melbourne  - Can clubs pry away any of the 8 unsigned 1st rounders from 2019 draft?  NORTH MELBOURNE VS WESTERN BULLDOGS REVIEW - Dogs midfield run rampant, particularly after half-time  - Bruce & Naughton dominate undermanned defence missing Tarrant & Corr - Simpkin & LDU too many turnovers in out-of-character performance - Powell, Phillips & Lazzaro with impressive glimpses PORT ADELAIDE VS WEST COAST REVIEW - Port loses games in first 10 minutes in really disappointing effort - Midfielders only turned up after half-time - Aliir fails 1st big test conceding 5 contested marks to Allen - Pass marks to Duursma, Marshall & Georgiades duo NORTH MELBOURNE VS ADELAIDE PREVIEW - Will Roos turn in a Shinboner performance?  - Can Ben McKay blanket red-hot Tex? - Will Simpkin, LDU & Cunnington beat Sloane, Laird & Keays?  PORT ADELAIDE VS TIGERS PREVIEW - Can Port re-establish flag credentials?  - Who takes Dusty around stoppages?  - Will Port learn from kicking high to Gov & Barrass? ROUND 4 TIPS - Nicks deserves huge credit for Crows rebuild so far - Goodwin's Dees bank 3 wins early without 2 key forwards - The boys enter their tips with Shez still holding 4 point lead
April 6, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 3 - 2021 - Round 2 Review/Round 3 Preview
Recorded on 30 March 2021 FOOTY NEWS FLASH - The boys have their say on un-watchable VFL rules & loophole for suspended players  - AFL admits umpire error in Blicavs decision, after Butler call in round 1  - AFLW finals fixture with Lions & Crows enjoying week 1 bye TALKING POINTS - Is 2 weeks fair for Sam Reid knocking out Fyfe? - Should Chris Scott & Neale be sanctioned for ugly 1/4 time incident? NORTH MELBOURNE VS GOLD COAST REVIEW - Kids showed promise & fight until the end despite big loss - Game plan solid, but breaks down with poor inside 50 execution - Lazzaro & Tom Powell highlight impressive crop of youngsters  - Atley's form belies 200+ game experience - Will Phillips eye-catching contest work in VFL PORT ADELAIDE VS ESEENDON REVIEW - Learnt from slow start in round 1 with 5.1 to nil opening - Georgiades creates selection dilemma after Marshall's late withdrawal - Houston elite I50 kicking, Butters career high disposals & improved spread from Wines - Goals from back 50 increased significantly vs 2020  NORTH MELBOURNE VS WESTERN BULLDOGS - Who matches up on red-hot Bont?  - Will Xerri be selected to support Larkey?  - How can North be competitive?  PORT ADELAIDE VS WEST COAST PREVIEW - Will Port replicate 2019 dirty ball tactic vs Gov & Barass?  - Can long-time understudy Lycett nullify Nic Nat dominance?  - Who matches up on Josh Kennedy, Darling, Allen & Liam Ryan?  ROUND 3 TIPS - The boys enter their tips with Shez jumping to a unassailable 4 point lead - Huge props to Tex Walker for career resurgence 
March 31, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 2 - 2021 - Round 1 Review/Round 2 Preview
Recorded on 23 March 2021 FOOTY NEWS FLASH - Boys have their say on the new rules. Loophole for set shots & subbing out players questioned - AFL Tribunal finally bans a star, suspending Danger for 3 after bump & what can be done to stop accidental knees to the head if anything? TALKING POINTS - Is Dusty taggable and do Swans have best list from 2020 bottom 8 clubs? - Free kick to Butler for Ward tackle ump error & Stef Martin ensures Grundy fails English battle this time PORT ADELAIDE VS NORTH MELBOURNE REVIEW - Roos start better with fierce pressure, but lacked polish in the end - Port break game open in 2nd quarter but fail to extend margin with Roos winning 2 quarters - New year, same Boak, new recruit Fantasia’s fast start, Drew & Aliir impress - LDU starts on fire, Stephenson maintained the fire & Tom Powell shows sparks in promising debut NORTH MELBOURNE VS GOLD COAST PREVIEW - LDU & Simpkin led midfield must take advantage of Rowell-less Suns to be a chance. - Will senior leaders return this week or Noble blood more youngsters like Phillips? - Big Ben (McKay) continue solid start and nullify Big Ben (King)? PORT ADELAIDE VS ESSENDON PREVIEW - Can Dixon monster Dons key backs & kick a big bag? - Who is likely to come in for Bonner? - Nak’s has his say when Ken should recall Rozee ROUND 2 TIPS - The boys enter their tips with Shez jumping to a 6-4 lead - Huge props to Saints & Dees for winning while heavily undermanned
March 24, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 1 - 2021 - Season Predictions & Roos & Port Preview
Recorded on 15 March 2021 FOOTY NEWS FLASH  - Naks & Shez give their takes on the 23rd man concussion sub idea - Independent doctor rule on match day concussions & should other injuries included? - North Melbourne AFLW face up hill battle to seal finals berth SEASON PREDICTIONS + LADDER - Naks & Shez predict the premier, runners-up, wooden spooners & clubs set to rise and fall - The boys give their tips for the Brownlow & Coleman Medals, Rising Star (excluding Rowell), recruit of the year, surprise AA & more - Both Naks & Shez tip GWS to make the 8 & bottom 4 the same, but order different ROUND 1 PREVIEW & TIPS - North host the Power at Marvel on Sunday - Can Goldstein beat Lycett/Ladhams duo and nullify best clearance differential team? - Can Port capitalize on turnovers from young & inexperienced team? - Who misses Round 1 and their replacements - The boys give their first tips of the year with a handful of 50/50 games
March 16, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 36 – 2021 – Club Reviews – North Melbourne & Port Adelaide
Recorded on 25 February 2021 - What worked, what failed, who deserves a pay rise & who needs a big 2021 - Plus, key list changes, our best 22, grade for 2020 & 2021 projection FOOTY NEWS FLASH  - Carlton finally holds their 2020 BnF with Weitering winning - Collingwood surprise contender for AFLW flag after smashing Roos - Erin Phillips further cements GOAT status in short AFLW history North Melbourne @ 2.07min - Avoids spoon, but only 1 win in last 15 games headlines disastrous year - McDonald wins maiden BnF in breakout year going from whipping boy to fan fav - Simpkin & Anderson thrive in Cunnington’s absence & old and new faces in top 10 BnF - Off-field shake up a positive as highly credentialed David Noble leads new coaching team - Corr, Stephenson & Paul Roos join North as favourites sons Ben Brown & Higgins depart - CC gives his take on the practice match vs Saints despite big loss, but glass half full - Game plan found wanting in most areas & most games lost to injuries concerning - Pay day for McKay & Josh Walker stand up in key back roles - Whilst the other Walker & Tyson need to produce to remain on list in 2022 - Shez wraps up the draftees & gives his best 22 for Round 1 with Atley missing out & youth prioritised Port Adelaide @ 24.30min - Wins minor premiership but agonizingly fall short in home prelim to eventual premiers - Ultra-consistent DBJ wins maiden BnF in another elite year - Jonas thrives as sole skipper, with deputy Wines winning best finals player - Young list embraces hub life and play for newly-extended Hinkley - Loss of Howard felt in losses vs Brisbane, Geelong & Saints - can Aliir fill this void? - Clearance differential of -19 in 2nd half of prelim after being 1st all season - More midfield minutes for Houston, Butters & Rozee to support evergreen Boak & Rockliff in 2021 required - Burton’s body needs to hold up & can Marshall hold his spot with Georgiades pressing? - Shez gives a run down on the draft class & Naks presents his best 22 for Round 1 with new faces in defence & deep midfield - Window is now to win a flag with all bases covered
February 27, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep. 35 - 2020 - Western Bulldogs & Richmond
Recorded on 16 February 2021 - What worked, what failed, who deserves a pay rise & who needs a big 2021 - Plus, key list changes, our best 22, grade for 2020 & 2021 projection FOOTY NEWS FLASH - Eddie steps down immediately as Pies president after public backlash - Injuries to Ben Brown & Sam Weideman keeps the Daw ajar for Majak Western Bulldogs @ 4.12 - Dogs yet to win a final since 2016 flag after a solid season - Midfielders dominate B & F top 10 + list profile is still young - Deepest midfield in comp, but plan B needed to complement run & gun game plan - Dogs win lottery with NGA prospect Jamarra Ugle-Hagan at Pick 1 & Treloar for cheap - Inconsistent tall forwards & Martin arrives to be English teacher & backup - Liberatore the undisputed spiritual leader & will Dunkley get midfield time? - Naks questions whether Dogs have enough to contend despite question marks over key backs & forwards? Richmond @ 26.00 - Tigers a dynasty after 3rd flag in 4 years - Lesser likes step up in big moments & role players are best in comp - Surge game plan effective as ever while it’s not MCG or bust - Off-field indiscretions & Soldo ACL two of minimal negatives for ‘20 - Short stands tall by winning the best individual honour in game - Shez wants clubs to pry out the likes of free agent Vlastuin by offering more money - Will Rioli & Pickett hold their spots with Aarts, Ross & Collier-Dawkins etc. pressing as Tigers have 3peat in their sights?
February 17, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 34 - 2020 – Club Reviews – Hawthorn & St Kilda
Recorded on 4 February 2021 - What worked, what failed, who deserves a pay rise & who needs a big 2021 - Plus, key list changes, our best 22, grade for 2020 & 2021 projection FOOTY NEWS FLASH - Collingwood 'Do Better' review finds systemic racism. Naks & Shez have their say. - Pies forced to front presser after review is leaked & another Eddie howler - Should Eddie be forced to hand in resignation immediately? Hawthorn @ 6.50 - Players traded into club dominate B & F top 10 as good start to 2020 turns into nightmare - T. Mitchell & Impey promising returns from leg injuries - Huge leadership void post-Hodge, Mitchell, Lewis, Roughead & now Stratton - Rare trade fail for Hawks as former No.1 picks struggle & retire - Does new skipper McEvoy return to ruck role? - Wingard needs consistency to fulfill undeniable talent & Scrimshaw’s time to shine - Can Hawks avoid the bottom 4 or can Clarko push them into finals contention? St Kilda @ 23.48 - 2019 recruits pay off with Saints ending finals drought - Marshall-Ryder best ruck duo in game as Ratten's attacking game plan excites the AFL - Will Hill & Crouch be elite midfielders to support Steele? - Can new recruit Frawley & fringe Carlisle support Howard in defence? - H. Clark is Pendlebury-like & midfield move awaits, while Gresham can push for AA - Geary's injury could mean time is now to hand captaincy over - Finals not guarantee in 2021, but improved M. King to help Saints reach September
February 5, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 33 - 2020 – Club Reviews – Collingwood & Essendon
Recorded on 28 January 2021 - What worked, what failed, who deserves a pay rise & who needs a big 2021 - Plus, key list changes, our best 22, grade for 2020 & 2021 projection FOOTY NEWS FLASH - AFL & AFLW introduce mandatory 12-day minimum rest post-concussion - Shane Tuck's CTE diagnosis follows Polly Farmer & Spud Frawley Collingwood @ 2.55 - Upset of season vs Eagle in WA final, but Cats show how far they were off flag contention - Adams holds up midfield and dominates key stats - Back 6 held up while forward line, conversion of inside 50s & injury list a worry - Grundy suffers biggest form dip in the comp apart from J. Cameron - Maynard has a breakout year & Crisp more than just steak knives - De Goey needs to produce for Pies to win & Sier to eye off an inside mid role - Can Pies still play finals in 2021 after losing a ton of experience? Essendon @ 22.10 - Well off the pace missing finals by 3 games & 30% after OK start - Ridley AA quality 3rd season & arguably most improved player in comp - Build around young core with A.McGrath, Merrett, Ridley, Langford & Parish - Big wins in FA compo for Daniher & trade for Saad. Is missing J.Dunkley a blessing in disguise? - Club culture needs improvement & Rutten/Worsfold handover failing thus far - D. Smith fallen away after B & F win, plus Stringer needs to get fitter - With lots of players coming in, which draftees and recruits break into the best 22 for R1?
January 29, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 32 – 2021 – Club Reviews – Carlton & Geelong
Recorded on 22nd January 2021 - What worked, what failed, who deserves a pay rise & who needs a big 2021 - Plus, key list changes, our best 22, grade for 2020 & 2021 projection FOOTY NEWS FLASH - Pies poach Hawks’ premiership list architect Graham Wright to be new footy GM - AFLW Crow Marinoff’s 3 game suspension for front-on contact on Giant Stack  Carlton @ 3.27 - Competitive, but lapses within games costly & John Nicholls Medallist TBC - Pittonet proves to be more than depth & no 2nd year blues for Walsh - Slow out of the blocks & recycled player merry-go-round continues - Charlie Curnow fails to get on the park as big Harry McKay picks up slack - Setterfield shows promise while host of fellow 1st round picks stagnate - Under 16's star Durdin and draft slider Carroll the only recruits from 2020 National Draft class - Can Zac Williams be an elite midfielder? And can O’Brien & Dow crack the best 22 for Round 1? Geelong @ 23.24 - Another exceptional year, however, sense of déjà vu in GF vs Tigers - Positives & negatives from shortened season with travel as guns honoured in BnF finish & AA squad - Midfield support for Dangerwood arrives in many forms & fresh faces continue to develop - Steven retires with 9 games as a Cat while speed out of defence one of few weaknesses - Naks’ impressed by Parfitt’s year while Shez applauds Menagola’s AA quality season - Familiar whipping boys Stanley & Rohan in the gun, even after better seasons - Holmes to provide much needed dash, Neale needs time to develop as No 1 ruck & is Stevens another Wells gem draft pick? - High profile recruits certain starters, but can Stephens, De Koning, Ratugolea etc push for best 22 spots
January 22, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 31 – 2021 – Club Reviews – Brisbane Lions & Melbourne Demons
Recorded on the 14th January 2021 - What worked, what failed, who deserves a pay rise & who needs a big 2021 - Plus, key list changes, our best 22, grade for 2020 & 2021 projection FOOTY NEWS FLASH - The Power extend Hinkley’s contract, Naks gives his take & delisted Roo Mason Wood training with the Saints Brisbane @ 2.18 - Backed up breakout 2019 season & wins first final since 2009 - Andrews the lynchpin of unheralded, reliable & rejuvenated defence - High scoring but inaccurate in front of goal. Will it cost them in 2021? - Bailey continues to develop & the Big O takes over #1 ruck mantle - Hipwood shows consistency but can improve again & McStay to defence - Can the Coleman brothers push for senior games, plus can T. Berry + Robertson break into on-ball brigade? Melbourne @ 20.39 - Finals narrowly missed in an indifferent, but ultimately, disappointing year - Breakout year from Petracca as he & May lead the usual suspects in BnF count - Lever & May get on the park & provide perfect partnership in defence - Shock losses to non-finalists demoralising & midfield mix still a work in progress - High flying Fritsch & silky Salem improved in 2020, as they enter their prime - Can the inclusion of ex-Roo Brown improve Weideman & Melksham’s output? - Young Dees (Baker, Sparrow etc) need to overtake the fringe veterans (Jones, Jetta etc) for Demons to push deep into finals again
January 15, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 30 - 2020 – Club Reviews – Sydney & West Coast
Recorded on the 6th January 2021  - What worked, what failed, who deserves a pay rise & who needs a big 2021 - Plus, key list changes, our best 22, grade for 2020 & 2021 projection FOOTY NEWS  - Potential impact on Tigers with Dimma news - Clubs return to pre-season training  SYDNEY @ 3.04   - Competitive all season, particularly towards back end - Youth feature in top 10 of B&F & Buddy or bust up forward   - Rowbottom & Mills impress while question marks hang over Reid & Hewett - Can Sinclair stand up as no.1 ruck?   - Can McCartin & Melican cement key back spots?  - Do all of McDonald, Campbell & Gulden play in Round 1?   WEST COAST @ 20.48  - Win or loss dictated on playing in WA  - Allen & Waterman take big steps forward & NicNat back to his best - Quality midfield, but lacks depth & grunt - Duggan, Ryan & Sheppard have career best years  - Kelly & Sheed underperform & interchange hard to pick  -  Can Eagle snare Cripps after Josh Kennedy & Hurn retire?
January 8, 2021
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 29 - 2020 – Club Reviews – Adelaide & GWS
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 29 - 2020 – Club Reviews – Adelaide & GWS Recorded on the 30th of December 2020 - What worked, what failed, who deserves a pay rise & who needs a big 2021? - Key list changes, our best 22 for each club, 2020 grade & 2021 projection ADELAIDE @ 0.50 - 0-13 to start, won 3 of last 4 games but shouldn’t hide list deficiencies - Laird's move into midfield & O’Brien's maiden BnF win bright spots - Hub life struggles & the Barossa Valley COVID-19 breach - Chayce Jones fails to take step forward & Gallucci delisting unfortunate  - Keays turns the corner to reignite career in tagging role - McHenry & Fogarty important for fast tracking rebuild - Is Tex in the best 22? Thilthorpe & Elliott Himmelberg the future GWS @ 20.42  - Another Grand Finalist misses finals the following year - Are the Giants too reliant on Toby? - Pass marks to only Haynes, Whitfield, Perryman & Greene as big gap appears in BnF voting - Still no plan B after Giants wave & face of the club, J Cameron leaving big disappointments  - Coniglio dropped for must win in penultimate round  - Pressure on Preuss to perform & keep Mumford out - Can Hogan get back to his best?
December 31, 2020
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 28 - 2020 – Club Reviews - Fremantle & Gold Coast
Recorded on 22nd December 2020 - Release of 2021 AFL fixture highlighted by Port vs Roos in round 1 - What worked, what failed, who deserves a pay rise & who needs a big 2021 for Freo & Suns  - Plus key list changes, our best 22 for each club, grade & 2021 projection  FREMANTLE @ 3.15min - Longmuir best 1st year coach  - Brayshaw, Cerra & Serong finally lessen load on Fyfe & Walters - Ryan & Cox stand up down back - Price paid for Hogan costs chance to draft B. King - Positional changes for Blakely & S. Hill GOLD COAST @ 19.45min - Rowell + Anderson already the best 2 mids at club - Greenwood + Ellis add leadership - Competitive & no blow outs, but tailed off after 3-1 start - Collins cements himself as no.1 back - Rankine needs a bigger tank to stay more involved - Brodie + Ainsworth disappoint again 
December 23, 2020
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 27 - 2020 – NAB AFL Draft Review
Recorded on the 14thof December 2020 - The 2020 marathon draft criticised for being too long - North Melbourne select Will Phillips with pick 3 - The newest faces at North discussed including surprised slider, Eddie Ford - Port pays unders for NGA gun Lachie Jones - Surprise rookie Goldsack to captain the (Port Adelaide) Magpies according to Naks. - Archie Perkins controversy, JUH – Buddy comparison unfair? - Essendon, Melbourne & Fremantle’s recruits, ruckman in demand, the other top end picks - Is Shez happy with David Noble’s appointment as NMFC coach? - Rule changes for 2021, minimal lateral movement on the mark slammed
December 14, 2020
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 26 - 2020 – Marc McGowan Interview
Recorded on the 17th of November 2020 - Respected AFL journalist Marc McGowan joins the boys via Zoom this week - McGowan’s journey into the AFL industry - Wasted years post retirements of Boomer Harvey & Co at the end of ‘16 - Marc predicts short-term pain for the Roos, but sees bright future in the youngsters - The leadership void left by Higgins & Macmillan provides opportunity for new leaders to emerge - Marc has last laugh as 12 months after controversial article, Fantasia joins Port - Free agency compo & value of high-end draft picks discussed - Bonus Bucks trade chat for NBA fans to wrap up the interview. - Huge thanks to Marc for his time. Check out his articles on
November 21, 2020
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 25 - 2020 – Free Agency & Trade Week Review
Recorded on the 12th of November 2020 - The boys grade each club after the trade period wrapped up - Is the trade period too long? - North add 4 young players, but said goodbye to 2 much loved champs - Port finally secured Fantasia and strengthened their defence - Flag contenders Lions, Dogs & Cats top-up lists - Dons scavenge a win whilst the Dees win big with 2 big men - Naks criticise Pies list management after horror trade period
November 13, 2020
Footy Focus Podcast Ep 24 - 2020 – Free Agency & Trade Week Preview
Recorded on the 4th of November 2020 - Melbourne Cup win - Shez takes a look at the top 10 of North Melbourne’s Best and Fairest - Naks does likewise with Port’s top 10 of the John Cahill Medal - The boys take you through the biggest names for each of the 18 clubs in alphabetical order - B Crouch compo, Saad, Zac Williams discussed. Naks’ take on the Treloar situation - Daniher compo, Menegola, J Cameron trade value - What Shez wants for Brown and Allir Allir to Port not happening?
November 4, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 23 - 2020 – Grand Final Review
Recorded on the 26th of October 2020 - Lead up the first bounce & Night Vs Day Grand Final views - Dusty GOAT in Finals? Best premiership yet for the Tigers in current dynasty? - Quarter by Quarter review of the Tigers win over the Cats in the 2020 Grand Final - The teams that can challenge the Tigers in 2021 - What the Cats should do to close the gap - Shez lists his 5 best candidates with no inside word for the NM senior coaching role
October 27, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 22 - 2020 – Prelim Finals Review, Grand Final Preview
Recorded on the 19th of October 2020 - Tigers into 4th GF in 4 years after nail-biting win against Port - Where the game was lost for Port, Ebert’s final act, Dusty best finals player ever? - Mature and professional Cats overcome the Lions as Ablett turns back the clock - Lions smalls failed to deliver, Cats mids get on top, Hawkins dominant - Pre-finals bye to come under the microscope - Grand Final Preview: 2 different game styles and key match ups discussed - Rhyce Shaw takes leave from NMFC as the club looks likely to have a new coach in 2021
October 19, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 21 - 2020 – Semi Finals Review, Prelim Finals Preview
Recorded on the 12th of October 2020 - Tigers into 4th straight prelim final after overpowering respectable Saints - Cats produce crashing win against tired Pies and respond to criticism - Port Vs Tigers preview, we discuss key match ups and the X factors - Brisbane Vs Cats, Danger the key and Lion smalls dangerous at the other end - Big week for Trade News - Essendon players nominate teams, we discuss their value & pressure on the Blues - Cameron, Brown, Higgins, Preuss and Crouch on the trade agenda
October 13, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 20 - 2020 – Finals Week 1 Review, Week 2 Preview
Recorded on the 5th of October 2020 - Port into first prelim since 2014 with win over Geelong - Brisbane’s upset win over flag favourites Richmond - Another classic finals game between the Pies and Eagles. Pies come out on top - Saints’ first finals win since 2011 against the same opponent, the Dogs - Shez looks to see how Saints can upset the Tigers at Metricon - Cats host Pies at the GABBA previewed by Naks - Roos coaching cull & John Blakey comes back home
October 6, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 19 - 2020 – Finals Week 1
Recorded on the 28th of September 2020 - Finals Week 1 Previews - Naks’ previews his Port Power’s game Vs Cats & the Eagles Vs Pies in Perth - Shez previews Brisbane’s battle against Richmond & Saints Vs the Doggies - The boys give their take on the most controversial AA team in recently times - Brad Crouch and Tyson Stengle caught with illicit substance - Ben Brown, Higgins and Polec on the trade table
September 29, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 18 - 2020 - Round 17
Recorded on the 22nd of September 2020 - Game Review: 15mins enough to get WC over the line against a more spirited Roos. Port secure top spot 4 days later with win over Pies. - North Melbourne delist 11 players including Majak Daw & Jamie Macmillan - Zac Williams’ worth for the Blues - Harley Bennell’s career in doubt again after Covid breach - Ben Brown and the untouchables at North - Final FFP AA team and those unlucky to miss out - Rising Star Award & 22 under 22 controversy
September 23, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 17 - 2020 - Round 16
Recorded on the 14th of September 2020 - Game Review: Déjà vu as Roos get belted by Fremantle again. Port secure home qualifying final by smashing disappointing Dons - Coniglio dropped for Giants must be game again Dees - Annual pre-finals bye debate - Carlton good and bad in 2020. Would need to make finals in 2021 - Gerard Whateley & Andy Maher think North isn’t an attractive destination club - Quick previews: Roos take on WC in a ‘blockbuster’ Thursday night clash. Port take on a Pies team with some key players back.
September 15, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 16 - 2020 - Round 15
Recorded on the 7th of August 2020 - Game Review: Port 3rd quarter enough to get the 4 points against North Melbourne - Should umpires pay more free kicks for throws? - Stack and Coleman-Jones bans fair? - Can Lions win the flag without Harris Andews - WAFL watch – Shez’s take on under 18 guns battle (DGB vs Logan McDonaly) - Port’s academy and Father-Son selections update - Quick previews: Port take on Bombers hoping to bounce back while North look to get win number 4 against the fast improving Dockers
September 8, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 15 - 2020 - Round 14
Recorded on the 31st of August 2020 - Game Review: Port strengthens top 4 claims with win over Swans & Roos favourite for pick 2 with insipid loss to Suns - Joe Daniher’s importance - Can Eagles win flag without making top 4 or playing in Perth - Anderson to challenge Serong for Rising Star - FFP AA team as of Round 14 - Quick previews: Second annual FFP Cup. North 1-0 up. Can North cause an upset and go 2-0? Port would be out to prevent the biggest upset of the season at Metricon
September 1, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 14 - 2020 - Round 13
Recorded on the 25th of August 2020 - Game Review: Port survive Hawks scare & undermanned Pies too good for undermanned Roos - Dangerous tackles and the diving Tigers - Annual TIO Dreamtime game? - Holding the Ball confusion continues - Free the Flay & Robbie Muir’s horrific story - Mark Ricciuto the new Eddie - Quick previews: Can Port find form against the Swans & can the Suns finally get another win against the Roos?
August 26, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 13 - 2020 - Round 12
Recorded on the 17th of August 2020 - Game Review: Port smashed by Cats, Lions hold of spirited North - GWS coach’s last chance? - Sydney Swans best young crop in the comp? - Free Kick controversy – Newnes goal - Essendon list worse than the Kangaroos - Quick previews of Port vs Hawks, North Vs Pies
August 18, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 12 - 2020 - Round 11
Recorded on the 10th of August 2020. - Game Review: Port beat up on Dogs, North disappointing against Cats - Game Review: Port genuine contenders after beating the Tigers, North disappointing again against Dees this time.. - Clutch Daicos goal compared to Well’s Jackie Chan kick - Should staging players to be fine more - Sam Wicks boots-gate, any punishment required? - Sling tackles on the agenda again - Very quick previews of Port vs Cats, North Vs Lions
August 12, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 11 - 2020 - Round 10
Recorded on the 3rd of August 2020. - Game Review: Port impressive against a poor Demons, North beat losing streak against the winless Crows - Dusty back to best - Trade talk – Brad Crouch and the Crows draft hand - Mitch Cleary stood down - Pies lack of a forward line, impressive Freo - Very quick preview of Port vs Dogs, Cats Vs North
August 6, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 10 - 2020 - Round 9
The ladder starts to take shape after the conclusion of round 8 (especially at the bottom end) and West Coast are this week’s new flag favourites. Small forwards continue to shine in 2020 and injuries take a toll on Richmond & Collingwood as St Kilda becomes the top Victorian team. Recorded on the 27th of July 2020. - Game Review: North fall short against the Blues & final quarter blitz sees Port go down to the Saints - Toby Greene MVP in the competition - Clarko a sore loser - Tom Papley best small in the competition - Déjà vu Shaun Burgoyne - Eagles on-ball brigade the best in the comp? - Young Crows show some promise - Melbourne vs Port, Crows Vs Roos match previews
July 28, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 9 - 2020 - Round 8
With the Festival of Footy announced this week, we decided not to talk about it too much but rather look our club’s performances over last weekend and some hot topics. Apologies for the sound quality. Recorded on the 22nd of July 2020. - Game Review: Richmond smashed North, Gray wins it for Port after the siren against the fast improving Blues - Dusty escapes with a fine - North not terrible, but not good - GWS not living up to hype…again - Huge Greenwood recruit of the year - Port Vs Saints game preview - Can North break a 5 game losing streak this week?
July 25, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 8 - 2020 - Round 7
First podcast from the secondary lockdown in Melbourne. We recorded this on Skype so apologies for the sound quality and delayed upload. Recorded on the 14th of July 2020. - Game Review: Fremantle def Saints, Melbourne def Gold Coast - Coaches criticising each other - Busy week at the tribunal - Blues the real deal? - Menegolaunderrated - Lions poor record on the road - Heat on Hawks fair? - Game Preview: Top of the ladder Ports Vs the in-form Blue
July 17, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 7 - 2020 - Round 6
With all the Victorian clubs relocated to NSW and QLD, the football landscape in Melbourne is looking as different as ever. This week we look at Essendon & the Saints big wins. Pies & Eddie make more headlines, Port’s undefeated run comes to an end and North is stringing together a defeated run with a smashing at the hands of the ominous Western Bulldogs. Recorded on the 8th of July 2020. - Game Review: Essendon def Pies & Lions def Port - Hub Update - The HTB rule leaves its mark & Crozier’s sling tackle - Eddie and the Dees bad run continues - Saints starting to show something - North Melbourne’s list dissected - Game Previews: Freo Vs Saints
July 8, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 6 - 2020 - Round 5
While parts of Melbourne lock down again, throwing the fixture into disarray, Naks and Shez have a special guest join the pod. Adelaide sports journalist, Jack Hudson was kind enough to talk to the boys in the latest podcast. Recorded on the 30th of June 2020. - Hub talk - State of the game. Clarko and Scott critical of the game - Tribunal news & Howe injury - Last term fight back from North, but Hawks too strong. - Cats Vs Suns preview - Jack Hudson interview - Crows Port rivalry, Ken Hinkley, evolution of the Port list - Underrated Port players, who should host the Grand Final - Port Vs Brisbane preview, prison bars jumper
July 1, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 5 - 2020 - Round 4
One and a half rounds was all it took for the game to be disrupted again. We review round 3 and do a quick preview of a couple of round 3 games. Recorded on the 22nd of June 2020. - North once again fall to the Swans at Docklands - Port maintain their perfect start to the year against Freo on the GC - Blues upset the Cats in Geelong - Connor catches Covid 19 - Westhoff & McEvoy discussion - Preview of GWS Vs Pies & Dees Vs Cats - Young Suns on the rise
June 22, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 4 - 2020 - Round 3
We review the first round after the 3 month break and do a quick preview of round 3. Recorded on the 15th of June 2020. Port smashing of the Crows North’s upset win over GWS GC even bigger upset win over WC Dees crawl over the line against the Blues Shaun Burgoyne’s sling tackle and rule amendment The bounce and push in the back rule Jack Higgin’s mark on the line against the pies Previews: Pies Vs Saints & Brisbane Vs WC
June 16, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 3 - 2020 - Round 2
Footy is just around the corner! Naks and Shez preview round 2. Recorded on the 10th of June 2020. In this episode we discuss: - Injuries for each club in a ladder format - A not so in-depth preview of this week’s games - Heritier Lumumba’s open letter, Harley Bennell come back
June 10, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 2 - 2020
With social distancing restrictions eased, we recorded our first episode for 2020 in the studio! Recorded on the 4th of June 2020. In this episode we discuss: - Hubs and interstate travel for teams - Stadium deals - Port’s prison bars - Under 17s Team Brown Vs Team Dal Santo 2019 player focus - Hall of Fame inductees - Preview of Pies Vs Tigers, Lions Vs Freo
June 6, 2020
Footy Focus Ep 1 - 2020
We are back for 2020!   In what has been an UNPRECEDENTED start to the AFL season, we have finally recorded our first podcast.  Apologies for the sound quality. We did it over Skype and the laptop mic were not very good. Recorded on the 7th of May. Topics covered include: - Covid 19 & the season halt - How will/should season 2020 proceed? - Media during the time off - Dean Laidley - Impact on the Draft - Ollie Wines & Ben Cunnington discussion
May 17, 2020