Trumpet Blowers Wanted ! Who has made the biggest contribution to your club in the AFL era?

I was blown away by the in-depth answers to my Q last week so I expect answers for ALL clubs !!

Behind the scenes at every club are people who work tirelessly for the club cause. From CEO to coaches & assistants, club doc & physio, players, trainers, sponsors, groundsmen, banner makers, some are high profile others not.

Which 2 or 3 people from your club have made the biggest individual contribution to your club in the AFL era AND WHY ???

Hard to go past Brian Cook at Geelong. We were a basket-case financially and a non-believer on the field. He and his board were the architects of the ‘Good to Great’ program, which looked at everything in the club … absolutely everything to the colour of the change rooms type detail.

Clubs can have the greatest players and coaches but if the feel isn’t right, there will never be flags. We proved that in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Next of course is Bomber. He’s not unsung at all, but his quiet, thoughtful demeanour, his absolute focus on process, his refusal to get into emotional outbursts when he has had every right to on occasions sets an example that is hard to ignore. Contrast that to say a Malcolm Blight or a Gary Ayres. (Or Chocco or Malthouse) He has some fantastic assistants including Sanderson – who is the obvious choice for Port.

Then the leadership group of players who suspended both Johnson and Stokes so quickly and harshly but then took personal responsibility for getting them back up again.

It comes down to the colour of the change room and everything up!

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3 Responses to Trumpet Blowers Wanted ! Who has made the biggest contribution to your club in the AFL era?

  1. Lemon Twist says:

    Hard to go past Brian Cook at Geelong. We were a basket-case financially and a non-believer on the field. He and his board were the architects of the ‘Good to Great’ program, which looked at everything in the club … absolutely everything to the colour of the change rooms type detail.

    Clubs can have the greatest players and coaches but if the feel isn’t right, there will never be flags. We proved that in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

    Next of course is Bomber. He’s not unsung at all, but his quiet, thoughtful demeanour, his absolute focus on process, his refusal to get into emotional outbursts when he has had every right to on occasions sets an example that is hard to ignore. Contrast that to say a Malcolm Blight or a Gary Ayres. (Or Chocco or Malthouse) He has some fantastic assistants including Sanderson – who is the obvious choice for Port.

    Then the leadership group of players who suspended both Johnson and Stokes so quickly and harshly but then took personal responsibility for getting them back up again.

    It comes down to the colour of the change room and everything up!References :

  2. aussiegrl:) says:

    West Coast:

    1. Ben Cousins: Before all of his drug mishaps he was an amazing leader! He lead as an example to everyone on and off the field, everyone loved him! Even when he was demoted as captain of the Eagles he was still the spiritual leader of the group. His leadership should be admired. Then of course the scandal involving drugs ruined his reputation but it is once again to be admired of his dedication to getting better which lead him to becoming a star on the field again.

    2. John Worsfold: Premiership Captain and Coach, he has personally been involved in every one of the Eagles premierships. He has an outstanding win loss ratio with the club which is something to be admired.

    3. Jaymie Graham: A few years ago Jaymie was on the eagles list played every game in the eagles 2006 premiership year except the grand final and the semi final. All though an extreme disappointment for Jaymie personally it is off field leadership that should be admired. Jaymie and his sister were raised by his grand parents and when his grandparents died in 2008 he retired to look after his young sister who was only about 7 at the time. He won the first Chris Mainwaring medal (for best clubman) in 2008 for this outstanding dedication to his familyReferences :

  3. Nightskald says:

    I think you’d have to look at Sticks Kernahan for the Blueboys – with acknowledgements to Richard Pratt and Chris Judd for also aiding the club and raising them back to finals football again.

    Sticks was our captain during our now legendary 1995 premiership year, and he led the Blues to the then record 16th flag and the greatest home and away record in Carlton’s history.

    He worked behind the scenes with the club once he retired, and he stepped up when we needed him during the recent downfalls and he is now the club president, slowly but surely turning us around to hopefully be a premiership force in a few years.References :

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