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afl May 14, 2022

The resurrection of Wayne Carey

First came the uncanny talent, then the veneration, then a series of outrages followed by a criminal conviction – then a resilient career in media.

afl April 2, 2022

Beveridge v Morris in the court of public opinion

The outburst by Luke Beveridge illustrates the problem when a coach’s duty of care to his players comes up against the media’s pursuit of information in the ‘public interest’.

afl December 11, 2021

Hannah Mouncey on finding herself

As a member of the Australian handball team, Hannah Mouncey felt at home on the court. But off it, she was in turmoil knowing she was about to ‘set fire’ to her life.

afl October 13, 2021

‘I wanted to offer something new’: Brandon Jack on becoming a writer

In becoming a writer, Brandon Jack studies Charles Bukowski and Patti Smith with the same dedication as he trains for the AFL – but struggles with the final ruthlessness of memoir.

afl October 9, 2021

Searching for purpose: Brandon Jack’s dwindling passion for AFL

After debuting for the Sydney Swans as a teenager, Brandon Jack’s AFL career fails to flourish and he soon becomes bitter and unmotivated. What he needs – and discovers – is a new passion.

afl October 2, 2021

All guts, no glory: Brandon Jack exposes the ugly side of football

While most sporting memoirs paint a glossy picture of on-field moments, former Sydney Swans player Brandon Jack is not afraid to unmask the ugly side of his fleeting success.

afl September 25, 2021

The big dance

Despite a hectic, Covid-influenced season, the AFL grand final is back in its traditional September slot. As fans await the opening bounce, two stories sum up the essence of the game.

afl July 31, 2021

Tom Atkins’ unconventional AFL journey

For Geelong Cats player Tom Atkins, the path to AFL success has been paved with graft and grind. But his patience and hard work has paid off, earning him another two years at the Cattery.

afl April 24, 2021

Hawthorn’s Changkuoth Jiath

Born in an Ethiopian refugee camp, Changkuoth Jiath was raised in rural Victoria and, after picking up the oval Sherrin, soon spotted by talent scouts. Now the 21-year-old is one of Hawthorn’s most exciting players and a firm crowd favourite.

afl April 17, 2021

AFL diversity consultant Rana Hussain

For Rana Hussain, being a young Muslim and an Aussie rules fan was a tough match. Instead of turning away from the game, she forged a career fighting for inclusion and diversity.

afl February 6, 2021

Collingwood and racism in the AFL

After a long history of AFL players of colour being abused and left unsupported by the league, it was not surprising when a report into Collingwood FC this week found systemic racism. Can Eddie McGuire start the process of doing better?