This is an analogy which might rub people up the wrong way, but if I wanted to get a good faithful dog I’d go to the pound.For some reason or another those dogs know they’re lost and on their last chance of finding a home. Generally, they become goo...July 14, 5:48 pm
I watched Fremantle live for the first time this season against Collingwood last Saturday and I learnt a lot — particularly that watching a game on television only gives you a partial picture.So these are the facts behind the full picture that the D...July 7, 5:30 am
As I look across the class of 2012 for the first half of the season, there is no failure rate because that will ultimately be measured at the year's end.Pre-season expectation has materialised for some, others have gone beyond expectation and there ...June 30, 5:30 am
With top spot on the AFL ladder waiting for either Collingwood or West Coast after their clash at the MCG today, I’m tipping the Magpies will go back to what’s tried and proven to break apart the Eagles midfield and claim the big prize.Collingwood h...June 23, 11:13 am
When I ran my coach’s box, it was always a democratic dictatorship.You listen, but you act on your instinct and what is said is final with no correspondence entered into.A coach’s week is very much about listening. Listening to your medical advice, ...June 16, 11:05 am
We’re not necessarily talking about the best player. We’re not necessarily talking about the most exciting player or the greatest recruit.We’re talking about a player who is reliable and is one of the first names each week that the coach sticks on t...June 2, 1:37 pm
John Worsfold’s vast achievement over 452 games in 23 years at the game’s elite level leaves me in no doubt that he deserves to be recognised as WA’s all-time football great.Two premierships as West Coast captain in 1992 and 1994, another as a coach...May 27, 10:31 am
Any time in the past when we had coaches' conferences, the AFL always told us there would be no mid-season rule changes.But what the AFL should be saying is that they are not embarrassed to make changes at any time if those decisions mean protecting...May 20, 10:55 am
The tug-of-war over Collingwood's restricted free agent Travis Cloke has sparked a fear in me for the future of the AFL.I've lived through a type of free agency both as a player and a coach and let me tell you, under that system the AFL risks the st...May 14, 1:07 pm
To pick the best player from an elite competition of champions is no easy task, but I'll put Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury at the top of the list of the current AFL stars.I'm often reluctant to put players in order because in reality you're splitti...May 7, 9:11 am
The tragedy of the AFL's decision to move into new frontiers on the Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney already is being played out at the foot of the ladder.While I am a strong supporter of expansion, introducing two teams almost concurrently and...April 30, 9:19 am
The unyielding pressure of the AFL means that either Richmond or Melbourne — two teams which promised so much this season — will almost certainly have their finals hopes shattered at the MCG today.It might sound too premature only two rounds in, but...April 14, 10:00 am
There was widespread gushing from people who loved the frenetic scoring patterns from games in round one. I wasn't one of them.Sure, watching 261 goals kicked across the nine games gave fans plenty to cheer about.But from a coaching point of view, I...April 9, 11:19 am
The football world has always felt that Fremantle are the poor relation of the game in WA.That has probably been brought on by the fact that West Coast have been so successful in their 25 years and the Dockers’ history pales in comparison.But the re...March 31, 10:00 am
The AFL's push into Greater Western Sydney could be its most important expansion step yet.But the bold and timely move needs to come with a stark warning.Even though I don't agree with the critics who say they won't win a game this season, you can b...March 28, 4:33 pm
Here is a snapshot of my thoughts on the 18 teams vying for premiership glory.AdelaideI don’t know Brenton Sanderson very well, but if the Crows change their game structure to that of Geelong, where he was an assistant, they are in for a long, long ...March 28, 4:30 pm
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