Mick Malthouse was appointed as coach at the Collingwood Football Club at the beginning of 2000, a position he held until after the Grand Final of 2011. In the decade that he and David Buttifant, head of conditioning, were at the club, the duo shared in each other's achievements-including football's ultimate prize-and supported one another through tragedy and other life-changing events.
This uniquely talented team reveal the secrets of preparing football sides, and athletes in general, for success. Mick and David chronicle the defining moments in their professional and personal lives, the discoveries made in those moments and the lessons learnt. Here, they pass these lessons on to you.
Mick and David's insights are complemented by those of players, coaches, philosophers, politicians and poets who strive not just for improved performance, but that mysterious spiritual quality that transforms a collection of good individuals into a champion team.
If you have an open mind and heart and are interested in success, or in simply improving yourself in any endeavour, The Ox is Slow but the Earth is Patient is that important first step.
<p>Despite mastering the art of appearing not to care about anything, in <i>Dane Swan: My Story</i>, Swan – for the first time – reveals the pride that drove him to succeed, his loyalty to family, mates and the club that gave him many last chances, and how he worked hard, his way. He takes us inside the highs of the premiership, and through the tumultuous years of the transition from Malthouse to Nathan Buckley. Footy might be only a game, but it’s one hell of a ride with Dane Swan.</p>
<p>There’s no one like him at all in this day and age.<br>
<p>One of the greatest players in the history of this club. He marched to the beat of his own drum, always, off the ground more so than on it, but I always liked the fact that he was an individual. And whatever he was doing, it worked.<br>
<p>The bigger the game, the more turned on he was, and that became evident at the peak of his career because he played his best footy on the biggest stages.<br>
<p>What made Swanny so good? It was talent, hard work and mental toughness to be that consistent.<br>
<p>It was quite extraordinary the way that he just got on with it. He loved winning, he loved the challenge and underneath it, he is a very proud person.<br>
<p><b>About the author</b>: Dane Swan played 258 games for Collingwood Football Club. He achieved the ultimate team success as a premiership player, and his haul of individual awards is impressive: a Brownlow Medal, three Copeland Trophies, five All Australians, an AFLCA Most Valuable Player award, a Jim Stynes Medal, a couple of Anzac Medals, as well as a swag of top-three finishes in many awards. His unbelievably consistent output meant he averaged 26.85 disposals across 15 seasons, second only to Greg ‘Diesel’ Williams. Swan’s career came to an untimely end in round 1 of 2016. He is acknowledged as one of the best modern midfielders and a one-of-a-kind champion of the competition.</p>
Greg Baum brings to life the epic drawn 2010 grand final and Jake Niall dissects game styles and tells how the Cats saved football in 2008. Caroline Wilson uncovers the psyche of such greats as former Western Bulldog star Scott West and Shane Crawford during his struggles as the reigning Brownlow Medallist. Jake Niall examines Nathan Buckley's search for football utopia while Samantha Lane details how Lance Franklin handles the fame game. Emma Quayle recalls the bond that ties West Coast Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui and Carlton defender Chris Yarran, and coach Ross Lyon opens up to Rohan Connolly about the most emotional year of his life.
From Carey to Cousins, Judd to Franklin, Sheedy to Malthouse, the dark days of the Blues to the dynasties of the Brisbane Lions and Geelong, The Game offers the winning combination of great stories and top-notch writers.
<p>The members of this elite club speak of their inspirational childhood heroes, the full backs who made their job that much more difficult and ultimately the player they regard as the best full forward they have seen. This is the first time these players’ stories have been put together, making for a fascinating journey through the mindset of the men to have kicked the ton.</p>
<p>About the author: Jon Anderson has been a sports journalist, commentator and writer for many years, contributing to Melbourne’s <i>Herald Sun</i>, Fox sports and 3aW. He has written many sports books including with Paul Chapman (<i>Chappy</i>), Mark ‘Jacko’ Jackson, Gary Ablett sr, Rodney Hogg and Brian Taylor. </p>
Facts, tips and stats for players, spectators and coaches!
Fully updated with all the latest rule changes and including expanded skills, coaching and training chapters, Aussie Rules For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes you from getting a grip on the basics to more advanced aspects of playing, watching and coaching Australia's national game. Packed with practical information and fascinating anecdotes, this is the simplest, clearest and most detailed guide to AFL available.
Discover how to:Understand positions, umpires and scoring Gear up correctly, and avoid and treat injuries Improve your playing skills and coach effectively Appreciate the clubs, competitions and awards
Some are closet fans, some are out and proud. Many are ground-breaking and revolutionary, shaking up the institution that has dominated cultural life in Melbourne, and much of Australia, for generations. Some are actively involved in the game, such as Leila Gurruwiwi, panellist on Australia’s first all-Indigenous footy show; Angela Pippos, one of Australia’s first female sports commentators; and Jason Tuazon-McCheyne, founder of the LGBTI supporter group the Purple Bombers. Others, like Christos Tsiolkas, Sophie Cunningham, Tony Birch and Alice Pung, share their poignant, passionate experiences as spectators and supporters.
Engaging and surprising, From the Outer shows how footy can both thrill and devastate, exclude and unite, by shining a light on the diversity and splendour of the game.