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From Bomber The Whole Story

Acknowledgements

It’s been good for me, looking back, to see what I’ve achieved. Only recently I’ve realised how lucky I have been with the timing of major changes in my life. The book has given me the opportunity to reflect on those who I have learnt from and who have helped me along the way, in footy and in life. To all of you – you know who you are, and you’re part of this story. You’ve been amazing role models, influenced me greatly and taught me how to teach and to be a leader of people. I haven’t been an easy person to work with or live with, so thanks for putting up with me. From the bottom of my heart I sincerely thank you all for the roles you all played in my life and story.


To all the teammates I’ve worked with – so many great men who committed their life to the Essendon Football Club and together reached the pinnacle of success. We always played in finals, won premierships. We worked hard, always striving to be better, doing things we had never done before because we were desperate to get something we had never had before. Without their help I would not have played a single game of senior football, not won premierships, not gone on to coach anywhere and Geelong might not have won three premierships and created legends of the game. A big part of this book and my story is a direct result of my ex-teammates who had a massive influence on me. I loved playing with them, loved our skillful style of play, loved our combativeness and fierce battles with the other clubs, loved winning games, loved the premierships I got to play in. I thank my teammates for the wonderful memories.


Thanks to my crew of players at Geelong who are now heroes and champions of the game. I am very proud of their success, and the fact that they remained respectful of the game, and to the supporters and staff at the club, and most importantly to each other. We won with class, respect and humility. I love the words in the club song, and for a period of time we really were ‘The Greatest Team Of All’. I really missed the Geelong Football Club after I had left, especially the players who are just good solid men, now my mates. I have an incredible level of respect for them and that with remain forever.
I want to thank the current players at Essendon for being so honest, respectful, resilient and tolerant throughout the supplement investigation. I’m saddened that it has affected their ability to be play as a champion team and that after four years, we still haven’t found out what really occurred. And I’m sorry I could not have done more to make it easier for them to just play the game. Finally, I am sorry for not being able to do more to prove their innocence as I honestly believe they have done nothing to deserve the treatment they received. Nobody has been treated worse in football in all the years I’ve been involved in the game.
I need to thank Kevin Sheedy for giving me opportunities, firstly to play and then convincing me to take up coaching. Kevin shaped who I am more than any other person. I’ve always felt him looking out for me along the journey and that has comforted me. I’m really glad he chose to look after me when he had many others to choose from. Thanks also to Denis Pagan for giving me my first coaching opportunity outside the Bombers which was an incredibly worthwhile experience. At Geelong, working alongside Brian Cook and Frank Costa was one of my masterstrokes of timing and decision making. They were great to work with and to work for, and I learnt so much from both of them. I cannot thank Brian and Frank enough for taking a punt on me back in 1999.


A few special mentions. David Wheadon was my first mentor back when I started coaching and taught me lots about not only the game, but how to teach it. Brendan McCartney was the first person I employed and he finished the same day as me as well; he was my rock and a great coach of football. Stephen Wells and I fought and argued a lot, but together we selected good people who could play the Geelong way. We all made great memories and still have a good laugh. One of my favorite people to work with was Steven Hocking, the toughest conversationalist I’ve ever meet. He won every time; he was always right. He just got things done and was so disciplined, tough and fair. He was perfect in that football admin role. There are so many other people deserving of mentions, but I cannot fit you all in.


To my family – thanks for the sacrifices you made along the way, for putting up with my moods and for the support you’ve shown throughout especially when the tough times were present. I know I’ve been hard work at times.
Thank you to my wonderful children Lauren, Michael and Daniel. I missed part of your lives but you have turned out to be wonderful people, and thanks must go to your mother, Annette.
Another special person who influenced my life has been Jana. We shared some amazingly fun times together and I coached some of my best years with her by my side.
And last to acknowledge is Martin Blake, who at times I’m sure thought he had the worst task in the world in co-writing my book, as did editor/sounding board, Andrea McNamara. Without their patience, organisation, getting me into line and most importantly connecting with me, the book certainly wouldn’t have happened.

ORIGINAL

It’s been good for me, looking back, to see what I’ve achieved. Only recently i’ve realized how much i have achieved and how lucky i have been with my timing of major changes in my life. so lucky to have played with quality teammates at essendon. Also very grateful to work with some incredibly talented people at Geelong and more recently Essendon. To my crew of players at Geelong who are now heroes and champions of the game.  i am very proud of their success, humility and they remained respectful of the game ,to the s supporters of Geelong, staff at geelong and most importantly to each other. I’m think we won with class, respect and humility.  i love the words in club song and we were for a period of time “The Greatest Team Of All”.  i really missed  the Geelong Football Club after i had left the club, especially the players who were just good solid men, who are now my mates. i have an incredible level of respect for them and that with remain forever. And i just want to thank the current players at essendon for being so honest, respectful,  resilient and tolerant throughout the supplement investigation. i’m feel sorry it has affected your ability to be play as a champion team. I’m saddened that after four years we haven’t found out what really occurred. and I’m sorry i could not have done more to make it easier for you to just play the game. Finally i am sorry for not being able to do more to prove your innocence as i honestly believe you have done nothing to deserve the treatment you have received. nobody has been treated worse in football in all the years I’ve been involved in football.


The book has given me the opportunity to reflect on those who I have learnt from and who have helped me along the way, in footy and in life. To all of you – you know who you are, and you’re part of this story. you’ve been amazing role models, influenced me greatly and taught me how to teach and to be a  leader of people , I haven’t been an easy person to work with or to live with so you’ve all been amazing to put up with me and from the bottom of my heart i sincerely thank you for the role you played in my life and story.

I need to thank Kevin Sheedy for giving me the opportunity to  firstly play and then convince me to take coaching up. Kevin also shaped who i am more than any person. I’ve always felt him looking out for me along the journey and it has made me feel comforted and I’m really glad he chose to look after me when he had many to chose from.To Denis Pagan for giving me my first coaching opportunity outside the Bombers which was incredibly worthwhile experience. At Geelong working alongside Brian Cook and Frank Costa  was one of my master strokes of timing and decision making. they were great to work with and to work for and i learnt so much from them both. so i cannot thank you enough for taking a punt on me back in 1999.


Also a special mention to  Brendan McCartney work was the first person i employed and he finished the same day as me as well. he was my rock and a great coach of football, david wheadon was my first  mentor back when i started coaching and taught me lots about not only the game but how to teach. Stephen Wells and i fought and argued a lot but together we selected good people who could play the geelong way. thanks stephen and i will never forget arriving at the home of …… in horsham. ( toilet drama). macca and i still  have a laugh. then one of my favorite people to work with is Steven Hocking who is the toughest conversationalist I’ve ever meet. he won every time  and he was always right.. he just got things done and so disciplined , tough and fair . he was perfect in football admin role. there are so many other people deserving of mentions but cannot fit you all in.


To all the players teammates I’ve worked with – so many great men who committed their life to the essendon football club and together went to the pinnacle of success. we always played in finals, won premierships. we worked hard always striving to be better, doing things we had never done before because we were desperate to get something we had never had before. without their help i would not of played a single game of afl football , not won premierships, not gone onto coach anywhere and geelong may not have won 3 premierships and created legends of the game. a big part of this book and my story is a direct result of my ex teammates who had a massive influence on me. i loved playing with them, loved our skillful style of play, loved our combativeness and fierce battles with the other clubs,  loved winning games, loved the 3 premierships i got to play in. i thank my teammates for the wonderful memories.


To my family – thanks for the sacrifices you made along the way, for putting up with my moods and for the support you’ve shown throughout especially when the tough times were present. i know I’ve been hard work at times,
Thank you to my wonderful children Lauren, Michael and Daniel who i missed some of your lives but you have turned out to be wonderful people and thanks must go to your mother Annette.
Another special person who influenced my life has been Jana and we shared some amazingly fun times together and i coached some of my best years with her by my side.


And last to acknowledge is Martin Blake the writer and editor/sounding board, Andrea McNamara, who at times I’m sure thought had the worst task in the world in writing MY book. But thanks for your patience, organisation, getting me into line and most importantly connecting with me. The book certainly wouldn’t have happened without you.
hope you enjoy it

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