‘Every year there’s something at Collingwood’

Collingwood lost their second-straight game at the weekend but, this time, their coach Nathan Buckley was taking a glass-half-full approach after the Magpies went down to Hawthorn by only four points.

On The Age Real Footy Podcast this week, Michael Gleeson, Caroline Wilson and Jimmy Bartel examine any potential impact of off-field drama at Collingwood as last year's runners-up set themselves for a daunting clash against reigning premiers West Coast at Optus Stadium on Friday night.

Collingwood are badly hit by injuries and lost again to the Hawks, a club they have beaten only once since the Magpies' grand final year in 2011. They are now facing a dangerous third-straight defeat when confronting the in-form Eagles on the road.

Also this week, GWS director Bartel answers the tough questions after the Giants went down to Brisbane, who now find themselves in the top four.

We also celebrate some 'feel-good' stories from the weekend – Majak Daw’s return to the footy field and the unveiling of a statue in Perth recognising the famous Nicky Winmar stance at Victoria Park in Collingwood more than 25 years ago.

Daw played just 20 minutes in the VFL for the Kangaroos, but with plenty of footy left between now and the end of the season, could the defender make a fairytale return to the AFL this season?

Plus, whispers about a Demon's Futsal skills during the mid-season bye period, Harley Bennell's footy future, and just where is Giant Jonathon Patton at in his recovery?

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