Playing in an AFL Grand Final is something only the privileged get to do. Stevie Johnson played in four of them, and in this week's episode of In the Game he takes us through the pressure, the unknown and the privilege of playing on football's biggest stage.
Mick Malthouse has always backed himself. No one in VFL/AFL history has coached more games than Malthouse and on this week's In The Game with Damian Barrett, he explains why he thinks he could still coach at the elite level. Malthouse also speaks in depth about his bizarre mid-season trade from St Kilda to Richmond, his philosophy as a coach and the impact his career has had on his family.
Brett Godfrey doesn't back losers in business. But with his latest pursuit, he's taken on a massive task, heading up the Tasmanian group that wants an AFL licence. The man who launched Virgin airlines into the Australian market, working closely with Sir Richard Branson, goes deep on the plans for footy in Tassie.
Daisy Pearce was a reluctant face of AFLW when it burst into the sporting landscape in 2017. Reluctant, because celebrity was something she never sought, but it sought her. Daisy has learnt to deal with celebrity, while still playing high-level football, giving birth to twins, embarking on a successful media career, and loving her original job as a midwife. She has packed a whole lot in and has helped change lives in the process.
Cain Liddle has once before helped awaken a sleeping giant of the AFL. Having been hands-on in the seemingly unstoppable rise of Richmond, he was appointed Carlton CEO in late 2017 with a charter of change. With a background that includes being a teammate of Gary Ablett Senior, and once upon a time being a coach of Marcus Bontempelli, Liddle goes behind the scenes of the rebuild of the once mighty Blues.
Gillon McLachlan is now into his sixth season in charge of the AFL, and every single night as his head hits the pillow there's plenty to ponder. In this episode of In the Game he discusses the balancing act required to run the game, and the stresses that come with it.
Sports broadcaster Corbin Middlemas describes himself as the big guy with the deep voice. A media talent on the rise, Middlemas in 2018 published an article on the ABC platforms wanting to tell young men who don't fit the norm that it's perfectly normal. As he says in this edition of In the Game, being gay doesn't make you less masculine.
Selling the merits of the Gold Coast Suns to a largely apathetic industry might be the toughest job in football. But as explained in this episode of In The Game, the club's chairman Tony Cochrane is up for the fight. The colourful and passionate Cochrane is seeking AFL assistance for the Suns, who are about to secure a second wooden spoon in their nine-season existence, which has never seen them placed higher than 12th. A highly successful businessman who never finished high school, Cochrane...
Kane Cornes made a huge impact on the AFL in winning two All-Australian jackets, four best-and-fairests, and a premiership for Port Adelaide. But in the short time since retiring he has made an even bigger mark on the football landscape with the strongest of opinions on his many media platforms. The power of that opinion regularly cuts through the general media noise, and it often annoys the game's biggest name players, coaches and media rivals.
In this episode of In the Game Cornes takes us...
Being himself caused the odd problem for Campbell Brown in his 12 seasons in the AFL, but he says the alternative - being forced to be someone he wasn't - would have been unbearable, and unworkable.
Brown found headlines, fun, and personal and team success in those 12 seasons. And he's always been one of the game's best storytellers.
The 'experiment' ended up as one of the great media careers. Football's first lady - Caroline Wilson - started as that experiment in 1982 and in the next 37 years dominated and conquered the world of football media.
In this episode of In the Game she takes us through that journey .... which is far from finished.
We know the pranking, joking Danny Frawley but we don't often get to see the serious one. But in this week's episode of In the Game he's prepared to say that the footy industry has simply got it wrong in a few key areas, he reveals the hurt associated with Alastair Clarkson turning on him, as well as the subsequent learnings and appreciation of that period in his life. And he also couldn't help himself with a few jabs at some of his media mates.
You know where you stand with Dave Matthews, CEO of GWS Giants. His preparedness to call everything as he sees it is a good, refreshing quality and one that can create the occasional stoush. As you'll hear in this episode, he's happy to call out a big name player, as well as a couple of even bigger name officials.
Ross Stevenson is different - an all-time media superstar who runs away from publicity. The King of Breakfast Radio is a Hawthorn tragic, he writes an annual love letter to footy, and he's got sharp (at the coalface) views on the outrage that pervades every aspect of social media. He's even developed his own acronyms to describe that outrage - DORT and FOLFTH.
Sacrifice - it's a word that best sums up Shaun Grigg's time in football. From using his ruck rover frame to play second ruck, to retiring early so his club could recruit another player, Grigg has always been 'team first'... and he's great friends with all of those past teammates, particularly Dustin Martin, who - as you're about to hear - once asked him to bring something very strange to dinner.
Even after the introduction of free agency, AFL player movement is still a club-dominated business. That's the inside of view of leading player agent Marty Pask who in this episode of In the Game also calls for the scrapping of free agency compensation and expresses concern about the general media's handling of sensitive player issues. Also, he goes behind the scenes on how a trade is done, and discusses his worry for some players as they transition out of the game.
The saying goes that a picture can tell a thousand words. Well if it's a football picture taken by Michael Willson there are times that a photo can tell ten-thousand.
The man responsible for some of the AFL's most iconic still images takes us behind the lens of snapping Tayla Harris in flight, Mitch Clark being consoled by his coach, and of an emotional moment he refused to photograph. And he also reveals a surprising name as his favourite player to snap.
In 30 years as CEO of two highly successful AFL clubs, Brian Cook has seen and lived more than most in football. There's been stunning success, a few setbacks and a lot of tough conversations with a lot of people. In this episode of In the Game he lets us in on some key facets of that football journey.
A long established leader in the indigenous community, Jodie Sizer is now leading as a director of the Collingwood Football Club. In this episode of In the Game she addresses the sensitive subject of racism head-on, sharing her vast experiences and expressing the need for truth-telling and education.
A young captain at 21, young coach at 34, and a still young assistant coach at 43... wanting to be a senior coach again.
Michael Voss' extraordinary journey through football has had some amazing highs and some painful lows, but throughout it all he has always maintained his class. And he's never lost his hunger for competition.
There are so many layers to Patrick Dangerfield, and he's got strong views on all the big issues, including the media. Having already put together an all-time great AFL career, he still craves a whole lot more. And he will seek to get it... his way.
When Andrew Krakouer was 11, his football famous dad didn't come home one day... sentenced to jail. Fourteen years later, Andrew himself didn't come home for his own daughters... he too sentenced to jail.
Andrew Krakouer has lived the lows of having a prison door slammed shut on his freedom, and also the highs of kicking three goals in an AFL Grand Final. Forever regretful of his actions, he has never shirked responsibility of them. Here he tells his incredible story of support, love, family...
Good things happen to businesses when Andrew Bassat gets involved - St Kilda football club the latest venture to benefit. One of Australia's most astute, wealthy and connected businessmen, the founder of job search company Seek is now president of the Saints. He's got very big plans, and some big St Kilda names are part of those plans.
King-hit and bloodied off the field, and sacked by Carlton on it... it was, for all the wrong reasons, a big 2014 for Mitch Robinson. But that ugly period has ultimately shaped him into a well-balanced and now crucial member of a resurgent Brisbane Lions.
In this episode of In The Game, Robinson touches on how he lost sight from that king-hit, becoming the Lions resident barber, why the door to his house is always open to teammates, how he's learnt to deal with ADHD, and his special talents...
Perspective. Collingwood footballer Josh Thomas has it. And he got it the hard way.
A two-year ban in early 2015 - after inadvertently taking a performance-enhancing substance during a night out with mates - forcing him down an unintended path.
In this episode of In The Game you'll learn how Thomas has emerged from his saga, both a better footballer... and a better person.