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Meet Our 2020 Clubbies Winners!
The 2020 Sportscover Clubbies Awards has been run and won – and our winners take home a share of $10,000 in prizes! A near record number of nominations poured in from every Australian state and territory for the grassroots sports awards. More than 11
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Collingwood
Buckley could never win that elusive flag as a player, some must be wondering by now whether he’s going to be similarly cursed as a coach. That said, after a long learning process, Buckley these days clearly has found the right formula for man manage
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Heart Foundation
The Clubbies are proud to announce the Heart Foundation is our partner for the Masters Award this year. The Heart Foundations is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease. Tragically
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Essendon
A fascinating season looms in the Essendon coaching box, with John Worsfold still officially in charge, but Ben Rutten designated to take over in 2021, and likely to have as big a say as his “boss” well before that date. Blake Caracella’s return to t
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Sportscover™
It may not be immediately apparent why Sportscover Australia would commit to sponsoring the Clubbies Awards. Good governance, the management of risk, operational integrity and performance are relevant concepts in our business and central consideratio
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Fremantle
After retiring at just 26 because of a degenerative knee injury, Longmuir has served a 10-year apprenticeship in the coaching ranks, with Fremantle, then seven years at West Coast and two at Collingwood. He was seen as a major reason for the Pies’ ra
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Rise Of The Tigers
There is more to Richmond than just the silverware stemming from the establishment of an unexpected dynasty. Two premierships in three years, sure, and add in flag favouritism for 2020 too. Just where the Tigers end up sitting among the great modern-
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Geelong
While Geelong’s poor finals record over the past decade continues to be a sore point, there can be no doubting Scott’s capacity to keep the Cats in contention. His winning percentage of 69.3 over nine seasons is the highest of any 200-games-plus coac
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Premierships In Perspective
Brisbane, Geelong, Hawthorn and now Richmond. Since 2000, the AFL has seen clubs put together dominant periods featuring multiple premierships. But just how do the Tigers of 2017-19 compare to what are considered three of the greatest teams of all-ti
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Gold Coast Suns
No coach in the competition has had the cards stacked against him as much as Dew in his first two years of senior coaching. The result has been just seven wins from 44 starts. That percentage may not improve much this year, either, with a catalogue o
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Ranking The Coach
Just where does Damien Hardwick sit among modern coaches? When Richmond decided to extend its coach’s contract on the eve of its poor 2016 season, it wanted to know how Hardwick compared. “The decision was we would extend Damien,” says Richmond presi
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Gws Giants
Last year was a personal triumph at least for Cameron in his sixth season in charge. Even late in the piece, he was perceived to be under enormous pressure to retain his job, yet finished the season guaranteed to be coaching the Giants after his curr
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2000s Coaches’ First Decades
(Hawthorn 2005-14) G: 233 W: 144 D: 1 L: 88 W%: 61.8 Premierships: 3 (Geelong 2000-09) G: 235 W: 143 D: 3 L: 89 W%: 60.9 Premierships: 2 (Richmond 2010-19) G: 231 W: 130 D: 2 L: 99 W%: 56.3 Premierships: 2 (Sydney 2002-10, Melbourne 2014) G: 224 W
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Hawthorn
Clarkson has so many credits in the bank, there’s never questions asked when the Hawks have a rare spell in the wilderness. His mission has always been to prepare a team not just for a finals tilt, but one to go all the way. With four flags and a win
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How The Giants Dwarfed The Swans
MARCH 2012 was a simpler time than March 2020. Harry Potter fans had just discovered The Hunger Games. Gotye was still somebody that we knew, the idea of Donald Trump being US President was just ludicrous and Ten had just revived Young Talent Time on
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Melbourne
The disaster which was 2019 was as much a rude awakening for the coach as for his players after what, to that point, had been a steady improvement. Goodwin has at least been open about where things went wrong. A good communicator, he’s still got time
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Singing The Blues As The Suns Go Down Again
It’s time. For one, to awaken from being the AFL’s sleeping giant, and for the other, to reset and start again – and get it right. Carlton and the Gold Coast Suns have been the competition’s strugglers over the past five seasons, battling away at the
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North Melbourne
Shaw appeared to be a long-shot to take over from Scott even when he was appointed caretaker, having only completed three seasons as an assistant with Sydney. But four wins in his first five games in the role and huge support from the playing group i
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The New Abnormal
So 2020 has been a helluva century – and we’re still only halfway through… From cricket played in bushfire smoke so thick you couldn’t see the wicket, to no sport whatsoever, to the early stages of a restart across all codes, it’s been a rollercoaste
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The Ladder Doesn’t Lie
The five-year ladder says it all. Carlton and Gold Coast sit 17th and 18th respectively for wins since 2015, and some way adrift. The Suns (23) and the Blues (26) are two of just three teams – St Kilda is the other – not to have played finals in the
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Port Adelaide
Entering his eighth season as Port Adelaide coach, Hinkley still has a 55 per cent winning record, but has taken the Power to finals only once in the past five years. He’s already conceded he won’t be at the club in 2021 if Port can’t make the top ei
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The Prodigal Sun
IN THEIR DECADE-LONG HISTORY, the Gold Coast Suns have had three coaches, 150 losses, zero finals appearances, and one Brownlow medallist (Gary Ablett Jnr) pick up and skip town. If you can hang your membership hat on a 12th-placed finish, they did s
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Richmond
About to start his 11th season in charge at Punt Road, and later this season will surpass the legendary Tom Hafey’s record 248 games in charge of the Tigers. Hardwick has found the perfect balance of mentor and master, and could feasibly match Hafey’
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Darkest Before Dawn...
In the 2013 Tom Cruise-led blockbuster Oblivion, it dawns on the audience that it is the end of times when the one-time honorary Aussie trudges through an empty American football stadium. He mimics the commentary of a long-ago play – “Seconds left on
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Young Guns Firing Up
Forget Nat Fyfe, Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield. The next generation of stars are ready to make their mark on the AFL, following breakthrough years or having just arrived via the draft. Breakout starts excite fans and can propel their teams to
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St Kilda
After filling in for the final six games, Ratten’s appointment full-time on a three-year deal was a popular move. In his five full seasons as Carlton’s coach from 2008-12, he three times took the Blues to the finals, then worked under Alastair Clarks
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COVID-19 Was The Red Card Sports Needed
Australian sport has seen better times. In less than two months, all professional codes have been postponed, thrown into a chaos never experienced before, lost two CEOs, and made cost-cutting a priority in the absence of broadcast revenue, translatin
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Can Anyone Cage The Tigers?
Were it not for one very untimely stumble on preliminary final evening two years ago, we’d be asking just how one of the greatest teams the game has seen can be stopped. That team, of course, is Richmond. Perhaps we should be asking the question anyw
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Sydney Swans
His old club North Melbourne was keen on the premiership coach’s services, but instead Longmire committed longterm to the Swans, where he’s now tied until the end of 2023, which will make it 13 seasons in charge. A big challenge awaits, with the Swan
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