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Ranking The Coach
Just where does Damien Hardwick sit among modern coaches? When Richmond decided to extend its coach’s contract on the eve of its poor 2016 season, it wanted to know how Hardwick compared. “The decision was we would extend Damien,” says Richmond presi
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Gws Giants
Last year was a personal triumph at least for Cameron in his sixth season in charge. Even late in the piece, he was perceived to be under enormous pressure to retain his job, yet finished the season guaranteed to be coaching the Giants after his curr
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2000s Coaches’ First Decades
(Hawthorn 2005-14) G: 233 W: 144 D: 1 L: 88 W%: 61.8 Premierships: 3 (Geelong 2000-09) G: 235 W: 143 D: 3 L: 89 W%: 60.9 Premierships: 2 (Richmond 2010-19) G: 231 W: 130 D: 2 L: 99 W%: 56.3 Premierships: 2 (Sydney 2002-10, Melbourne 2014) G: 224 W
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Hawthorn
Clarkson has so many credits in the bank, there’s never questions asked when the Hawks have a rare spell in the wilderness. His mission has always been to prepare a team not just for a finals tilt, but one to go all the way. With four flags and a win
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How The Giants Dwarfed The Swans
MARCH 2012 was a simpler time than March 2020. Harry Potter fans had just discovered The Hunger Games. Gotye was still somebody that we knew, the idea of Donald Trump being US President was just ludicrous and Ten had just revived Young Talent Time on
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Melbourne
The disaster which was 2019 was as much a rude awakening for the coach as for his players after what, to that point, had been a steady improvement. Goodwin has at least been open about where things went wrong. A good communicator, he’s still got time
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Singing The Blues As The Suns Go Down Again
It’s time. For one, to awaken from being the AFL’s sleeping giant, and for the other, to reset and start again – and get it right. Carlton and the Gold Coast Suns have been the competition’s strugglers over the past five seasons, battling away at the
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North Melbourne
Shaw appeared to be a long-shot to take over from Scott even when he was appointed caretaker, having only completed three seasons as an assistant with Sydney. But four wins in his first five games in the role and huge support from the playing group i
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The New Abnormal
So 2020 has been a helluva century – and we’re still only halfway through… From cricket played in bushfire smoke so thick you couldn’t see the wicket, to no sport whatsoever, to the early stages of a restart across all codes, it’s been a rollercoaste
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The Ladder Doesn’t Lie
The five-year ladder says it all. Carlton and Gold Coast sit 17th and 18th respectively for wins since 2015, and some way adrift. The Suns (23) and the Blues (26) are two of just three teams – St Kilda is the other – not to have played finals in the
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Port Adelaide
Entering his eighth season as Port Adelaide coach, Hinkley still has a 55 per cent winning record, but has taken the Power to finals only once in the past five years. He’s already conceded he won’t be at the club in 2021 if Port can’t make the top ei
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The Prodigal Sun
IN THEIR DECADE-LONG HISTORY, the Gold Coast Suns have had three coaches, 150 losses, zero finals appearances, and one Brownlow medallist (Gary Ablett Jnr) pick up and skip town. If you can hang your membership hat on a 12th-placed finish, they did s
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Richmond
About to start his 11th season in charge at Punt Road, and later this season will surpass the legendary Tom Hafey’s record 248 games in charge of the Tigers. Hardwick has found the perfect balance of mentor and master, and could feasibly match Hafey’
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Darkest Before Dawn...
In the 2013 Tom Cruise-led blockbuster Oblivion, it dawns on the audience that it is the end of times when the one-time honorary Aussie trudges through an empty American football stadium. He mimics the commentary of a long-ago play – “Seconds left on
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Young Guns Firing Up
Forget Nat Fyfe, Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield. The next generation of stars are ready to make their mark on the AFL, following breakthrough years or having just arrived via the draft. Breakout starts excite fans and can propel their teams to
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St Kilda
After filling in for the final six games, Ratten’s appointment full-time on a three-year deal was a popular move. In his five full seasons as Carlton’s coach from 2008-12, he three times took the Blues to the finals, then worked under Alastair Clarks
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COVID-19 Was The Red Card Sports Needed
Australian sport has seen better times. In less than two months, all professional codes have been postponed, thrown into a chaos never experienced before, lost two CEOs, and made cost-cutting a priority in the absence of broadcast revenue, translatin
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Can Anyone Cage The Tigers?
Were it not for one very untimely stumble on preliminary final evening two years ago, we’d be asking just how one of the greatest teams the game has seen can be stopped. That team, of course, is Richmond. Perhaps we should be asking the question anyw
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Sydney Swans
His old club North Melbourne was keen on the premiership coach’s services, but instead Longmire committed longterm to the Swans, where he’s now tied until the end of 2023, which will make it 13 seasons in charge. A big challenge awaits, with the Swan
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Sport's Fight For Survival
It was on, until it wasn't. Round one of the AFL season was still going when the campaign was incredibly suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NRL bid to go on, until it could go no longer – and stopped after getting through two rounds, one of
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Adelaide Crows
There’s another AFL coaching career about to be launched, but Nicks has had a very thorough apprenticeship, his playing days with the Swans followed by nine years in the system as an assistant coach with Port Adelaide and last year GWS. There’s been
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West Coast Eagles
After nearly 150 games at the helm of West Coast, Simpson has an enviable strike rate of 65 per cent, a flag and two grand finals, and finals appearances in five of his six seasons in charge. He rejected overtures from his old club North Melbourne, a
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Coronavirus Timeline
March 12: The NRL season begins with a clash between the Parramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs in front of 21,363 people at Bankwest Stadium. March 13: As the Australian Formula One Grand Prix is cancelled, the AFL announces it will play round one
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Brisbane Lions
In 2019, Fagan was a deserved winner of the AFL Coaches Association Coach of the Year award after his team’s remarkable rise. A great communicator and encourager, the experienced football man’s relationships with his players are as good as any, and h
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Western Bulldogs
The Bulldogs showed plenty of faith in their premiership coach, extending his contract midway through last season, before his team had got on its considerable roll. Beveridge is now tied to the club until the end of 2023, by which time he will have b
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50 Things We Can’t Wait To See ...
Given the state of the world, the restart of AFL – and sport in general – is a welcome relief and a desperately needed distraction now more than ever. And there is plenty more to look forward to than just a return to action, as Rohan Connolly lists h
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Carlton
After a dozen years in the system at VFL level or as an assistant with four different AFL clubs, Teague has seized his opportunity to take a senior job after being named a caretaker. Releasing the shackles and generating positive vibes around the clu
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Can Only COVID-19 Stop The Tigers?
After a six-month hiatus, the footy is finally back and like the last couple of years, the same question is being asked on the eve of a new AFL season – who or what can stop Richmond from winning the flag? In 2018 it took Collingwood, and American bi
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Meet Our 2020 Clubbies Winners!
The 2020 Sportscover Clubbies Awards has been run and won – and our winners take home a share of $10,000 in prizes! A near record number of nominations poured in from every Australian state and territory for the grassroots sports awards. More than 11
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