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Coaching and the art of surviving

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AROUND this time each year KEN PIESSE finds himself thinking of his good mate, Allan Jeans, the legendary coach who died in July six years ago. Here, Ken recalls their friendship and reveals why Jeans would never write a warts-and-all autobiography and why he ... More »

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Back the jumpers to beat the boredom

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FOR a while there, jumps racing looked to be doomed but as BRIAN MELDRUM reports it’s now back in fine shape: THANK HEAVENS for jumps racing! Bailed up inside with a cold for most of the week, and fed up with having to watch hour after hour, day after day of m... More »

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Back from broke in Manangatang

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JOHN CRAVEN proudly recalls the day he dipped into his wallet and found $50 to help a baby-faced bikerider who couldn’t afford breakfast: AS A DOWNTRODDEN cycling promoter for the past 28 years, quite often something happens that either provokes a barrage of r... More »

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Peter Moody reaches a new peak

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WHAT can a “retired” champion horse trainer do for a little recreation? Well, he can climb another mountain, as ROD NICHOLSON reports: PETER Moody has climbed more mountains (figuratively in the past) than he cares to remember. From a kid in the wilderness of ... More »

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Oh for the good old goal-den days

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Chief writer RON REED gets a glimpse of an old-fashioned full-forward and pines for what used to be., AS FUTILE AS I know it will be, can I make a protest about one aspect of how footy is played these days? I miss the specialist full-forward... More »

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How Punchlines tracked down the wild man of the bush!

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SCOT PALMER has pounded out PUNCHLINES persistently and professionally for so long he has almost forgotten when it all began. Here he tells how he found the missing ruckman…or at least his wet socks: THE prized land of Tibooburra near Yellingbo, at the foot of... More »

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The coach isn’t happy

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LAWRENCE MONEY follows the cameras into the coach’s box and finds there are more moves than on the whiteboard: WHAT SADIST came up with the idea of positioning TV cameras outside the AFL coaches’ box? Did anyone ask the coaches first or did the cameras just ap... More »

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Line up for the likely lakes

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It can be biting cold fishing the Crater Lakes but STEVE COOPER reckons you feel nothing when the fish are biting: Freshwater fishing in Victoria in winter is about lakes and impoundment, and trout are a perennial favourite. You know it’s time to go fishing wh... More »

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Can you count your core values?

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OUR curious quizmaster GEOFF POULTER sets the questions for footy recruits and would-be citizens: SOME coaches, down through the ages, have been anxious to learn more about their troops. To try to find out exactly what makes them tick. They have set them acade... More »

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Revolution at the house of stoush

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AFTER THE FLAGS came the fight. The Blues lost their leader and lost course. In this final extract from his book, Larrikins & Legends, DAN EDDY recounts how this great Carlton side fought back to etch their own place in football history: WHAT TOOK PLACE at Car... More »

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Steak, sax and Scarlett

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PETER COSTER, journalist and fourth dan karateka, returns to the Japan Karate Association “headquarters” in Tokyo to train with some of the world’s top exponents of the martial art but gets a little lost in translation: TAKE me to the Park Hyatt in Shinjuku, I... More »