Liked Andrew Gaff deserves his ban, but the AFL has a bigger problem with off-field violence | Kate O'Halloran by Kate O’Halloran (the Guardian)
Why, then, does a violent act between two men on a football field draw such ire, while ex-footballers who are convicted of violence against women rarely face such outcry, or worse, are welcomed back into the AFL fold with open arms?
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Following the critically acclaimed 2014 Documentary on the life of an AFL Coach, this next installment will take you inside the hearts and minds of a remarkable group of young men, the AFL Captains.

You will see what it takes to reach the pinnacle of leadership at the elite level of our great game. With unprecedented behind the scenes access to the inner sanctum including never before seen on-field vision and audio, you will witness first hand the human side of the AFL Captains.

With generous unguarded honesty they share their very personal stories of life in and out of the spotlight.

Prepare to be taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions. From euphoria to despair and back again. For not only have they chosen this most demanding role, it has chosen them.

These are the Chosen Few.

This documentary from Peter Dickson provides a fascinating insight into leadership. Although it is focused on AFL, it has ramifications for all areas. It also touches on the work of Leading Teams.

One of the compelling features is the ability to capture the fragile side of sport. I am reminded of the documentary from Rob Dickson, Peter’s brother, from a few years back featuring Shane Crawford.

Bookmarked Bob Murphy: the creative soul writing a new chapter post AFL | Kate O'Halloran by Kate O’Halloran (the Guardian)
In Bob Murphy’s newly-released memoir, Leather Soul, he describes his impromptu speech to teammates at the Railway Hotel in Yarraville after that famous win. “This premiership, for some long-suffering Bulldogs people, means they can actually die happy,” he told them from a bar stool, pint in hand. Murphy remembers a quick rebuke from former captain Matthew Boyd, who told him the observation was “a bit fucking morbid”. Over coffee, Murphy and I agree that for many, it was true.
I have been watching a few of the Bob interviews lately. He really provides a different of the world on and off the field. I remember seeing this side in a documentary a few years back featuring the various AFL captains discussing life on and off the field.
Listened Revisionist History Season 3 Episode 2 from Revisionist History
Sometimes proof is just another word for letting people suffer.
Malcolm Gladwell wonders how much ‘proof’ we need in order to do something about CTE, a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have had multiple head injuries. The focus was on Owen Thomas and his suicide in 2010. In regards to the question of breaking point, there was no reference of Aaron Hernandez, whose case involves murder and suicide. I wonder how long until this becomes a case in AFL?
Liked AFLW is at risk of being run by men for men. Where are the female coaches? | Kate O'Halloran by Kate O’Halloran (the Guardian)
With the introduction of two new teams in 2018, the AFLW will also gain two more male coaches: Paul Hood at Geelong and Scott Gowans at North Melbourne. One can only hope that the AFL, and each club with an existing male AFLW coach, is also cognisant of providing equitable and sustainable opportunities for women to progress their careers in AFL leadership. Otherwise, the AFLW is at risk of being a women’s competition run by men, for men.