Melbourne sacking was inevitable, but it doesn’t make it any less sad

As a little kid in outer suburban Chirnside Park in the late 1970s, I still recall my parents giving me the opportunity to pick the footy team I’d barrack for. Would it be Collingwood, for whom Mr Carthew, across the street, had played? Essendon, the team of my grandfather?   For the full post, please click here to see it on The Armchair Selector.
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Reviewed: Back to the Studio

Back to the Studio is a series of interview-based chapters on Australian radio and TV sporting commentators, by Peter Meares. Not a hard read, it's good for getting for a trip where you can meander in and out, or just have it lying round the house, to have there for a chapter here, a chapter there. Meares makes it clear at the outset he's not interested in horse or car racing and so his interviewees come from the world of cricket, rugby, AFL, league, football (soccer) and general commentators,...
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A maker of men

The tributes to Australian rules coach Allan 'Yabby' Jeans this week have focused on his legacy not only as a coach but as an exceptional leader. I often blog about leadership and read widely about leadership best practice. Well, throw away your leadership books - and read, and watch, and then listen to these tributes to Allan Jeans on Melbourne's 3AW website to start with, then read and watch some of the links to some great examples of journalism. Bookmark the video. Watch it over and over a...
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Reviewed – Barassi

At the outset, let me declare I’ve been a Melbourne Football Club supporter since I can remember. Flower, Grinter, Stynes. I wore number 2 on my school footy jumper and treasured the autographed photo from Robbie Flower. Barassi was a name spoken with the same reverence as Ted Whitten. That said, I knew little of the history of the Dees, less, to be honest about Norm Smith. I am therefore very glad I read Peter Lalor’s book, simply entitled ‘Barassi’. This book isn’t about one man; though it i...
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