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FROM ZEROES TO HEROES
Every AFL club has its recruiting horror stories ... well, not every club actually. We were shocked to find that one club came out blemish-free on our criterion, which was to identify the promising players that clubs recruited who, for one reason or another, never appeared in those colours – then went on to glorious careers elsewhere: the superstars who got away.

THE TAMPER AFFAIR: HOW PIES LOST A YOUNG STAR When then Richmond recruiting boss Doug Vickers selected a 16-year-old South Australian named Brett Chalmers at the 1989 national draft, using pick 103, he soon sensed that something was up.

BIG HIT, HIGH IMPACT
The AFL decision-makers have made a brave and possibly reckless call in asking one person to carry their revamped judicial system.

AN INSIDE JOB
RUSSELL HOLMESBY looks back over 47 seasons of Inside Football. From the origins of a new idea to a staple of the footy industry, it has been a fascinating ride.

TRIPLE THREAT
Could Gary Ablett, playing alongside Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield, win a third Brownlow Medal. BEN CASANELIA thinks it’s possible.

THE CAPTAIN’S TABLES
Some players wear leadership responsibilities like a cape on their backs, for others it’s a millstone around their necks, writes RUSSELL HOLMESBY.

THE LAST PLACE KICK
Fitzroy forward Tony Ongarello has an ever-lasting niche in football history, writes RUSSELL HOLMESBY.

LAKE PLACID
Long-time Bulldog and triple premiership Hawk defender Brian Lake took many a timely intercept mark. In fact, no footballer has better embodied the principle ‘right place, right time’.

‘IF YOU’RE PASSIONATE ... IT’S PERSONAL’
Alan McConnell was the last man out of Fitzroy, first in the door at Greater Western Sydney and is now lending his lifelong enthusiasm for football to the Giants’ women. PHOEBE MCWILLIAMS chats to her coach.

ONWARD & UPWARD
Departed VFL coaching doyen Gerard FitzGerald is taking a gap year but feels that he’s not finished yet, writes PAUL AMY.

FIGURING IT ALL OUT!
Statisticians are among the myriad volunteers that help community football tick all its boxes. Dedicated and quirky, they are much more than the sum of their spreadsheets, writes ROSS COUZENS.

VFL | Home favours for stand-alones
Competition gives a leg-up to non-aligned clubs.

WAFL | League ‘docks’ finals eligibility
Peel Thunder claimed back-to-back flags on the back of its Fremantle players. In future that won’t be so easy.

SANFL | A three-dimensional tall
Keegan Brooksby has developed some new angles since he last dominated the air in South Australia.

Plus…

THE LOCAL WHITEBOARD
Our award-winning column delves into all the happenings in grassroots footy this month.

CAREER COACH CALLS TIME
South Australian stalwart Alan Stewart leaves a lasting legacy in the game writes PETER ARGENT

SPIRIT KEEPS SISTERS ON A HIGH
The South Australian All Schools grand final was a peak moment for twins Amber and Lilly Poulton.

And finally…

Better to skip the negative feedback; Not party Pies anymore; All change at this station; Talent scouts take a hike; A talent for online strife; A toss of the Bitcoin; Think before you ink; A worrying development.


All this and more in the January issue of Inside Football magazine.

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