Australian Rules Football: Behind the Scenes

I am a passionate AFL supporter and I am interested in finding out about the players as well as the people off the field. Please click on the links to read any of the articles below.

AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL COLLEGE

Brad Sewell finished a stellar career with Hawthorn and now helps young footballers improve their skills as well as receive qualifications for life after AFL. Read the entire article which appeared in the April Issue of Inside Football

THE ACADEMY OF FOOTBALL DREAMS

THE WEST COAST EAGLES 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

A fledgling club in 1986, the club has since soared to great heights. Read about their journey in my latest article published in the March 2017 issue of Inside Football 

THE RISE AND RISE OF THE EAGLES

FOOTBALLERS WHO CHAMPION CAUSES

Nick Riewoldt, Troy Cook and Gerard Neesham all discuss the foundations they help set up to bring awareness to causes close to their hearts. Read the entire article that was published in Inside Football on December 8, 2016

CHAMPIONS OF THE CAUSE

LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL

Matthew Connell, Matthew Pavlich and Xavier Ellis all tell me how they felt when they retired and if they were ready to hang up the boots in Inside Football edition published September 15, 2016.

END OF THE UNBELIEVABLE RIDE

HOST FAMILIES

It’s difficult to leave home as a young boy and join an elite football team where you know no one. Enter host families who willingly open their homes and hearts to these aspiring athletes. I speak with players, host families and a player services coordinator to explain how they cope. This article appeared in Inside Football on August 4, 2016

HOME AND AWAY

AN UMPIRE’S LIFE

I interviewed Rob Hendrie and his sons, Craig and Wayne to talk about their experiences as AFL umpires. The three of them amassed a total of 731 games between them and have a few tales to tell. Read the full story which appeared in Inside Football on April 28, 2016

HENDRIE CLAN THREE OF A KIND

SUPPORT STAFF

In the beginning footy teams relied on a handful of staff, now they are big businesses that employ 30 plus support staff. I speak with Ron Alexander (WCE inaugural coach), Justin Longmuir (WCE forwards’ coach), Darcie Finlayson (Gold Coast Suns Football Operations Assistant) and Andrew McKay ( Carlton’s Head of Football) for their comments on the importance of a strong structural framework. This article appeared in Inside Football on September 17, 2015 

ANATOMY OF A FOOTY DEPARTMENT

GRAND FINALS

Win, lose or draw, nothing can compare to running out onto the MCG to play in a VFL/AFL Grand Final. Brett Peake, Adam Schneider, Dwayne Lamb and Gary Ayres explain the emotion that follows triumph, defeat and the bewilderment of a draw. This article appeared in Inside Football on October 1, 2015

THAT ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER

WIVE’S TALES

It’s not all Brownlows and ballgowns being involved with a footy player. I speak with Peta Waterman (former WCE Chris Waterman’s wife) Annie Picken (Western Bulldog Liam Picken’s wife) and Renee Enright ( former Geelong player Corey Enright’s wife) to find out just how hard it is to have an elite footballer as a partner. This appeared in December 3 edition of Inside Football

WIVES TALES

LONGEVITY

How do some players beat the odds and play season after season? I speak with Billy Brownless, Beau Waters and Geelong Club Doctor – Dr Seward for their comments for Inside Football on June 25, 2015

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO PLAY 400 GAMES

NO CURFEWS OR BEER RESTRICTIONS

How footballers relax after a game is very different to how they behaved 25 years ago. I speak with Richard Dennis, Matt Clape and Adam Selwood for their comments for Inside Football on February 26, 2015

HOW FOOTY SHOOK OFF ITS SOCIAL HANGOVER

THE DRAFT

Darren Harris discusses the pitfalls and the positives of the AFL draft with me for this article which appeared in Inside Football  November 6, 2014

DEDICATED TO THE DRAFT