The top-of-the-table Tigers are one of the few teams locked into a finals berth, and are undoubtedly premiership favourites.
But could any other team beat them to the flag?
This week on The Age Real Footy Podcast, Michael Gleeson, Caroline Wilson, Jake Niall and Bob Murphy discuss the teams that are coming into form at the right time, including the Hawks, the Giants and the Pies – but it's not going to be that important to finish in the top four this year.
Also this week, the cultural problem at Melbourne and how the cards will fall for them leading into September, the up-and-down, disappointing Cats, and Isaac Heeney has found his place in the Sydney side and could shape their finals campaign.
Meanwhile, we've got whispers about the former Hawthorn player who may have had a very big Powerball win and the AFL captain who Brendon Bolton and the Blues may be chasing for 2019.
We ask whether waiting to re-sign Alastair Clarkson is a genius move by Jeff Kennett, question his stance on pokies and betting in AFL and whether the Hawks have actually underperformed despite getting set for a top-four finish.
All this plus the word on the off-field situation at St Kilda, where they are keen to be active in trade period but lack draft picks, the change that will be coming there in the offseason and what the AFL should do with the women's league fixture in 2019 – and why they should invest in it.
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