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My earlier podcasts have all been edited versions which I prepared for the local community radio station Alive 90.5fm program, Sunday Sports Roundup. The program scheduling limits and varies the time available for my regular AFL segment so I have decided this week to start creating the podcast to fit the content available, publish it through this site and edit the podcast down to fit the radio time slot as a separate file.
This episode features a discussion with two of my regular guests for the AFL segment, Gus Seebeck and Ian Parker. This might be a good time to provide a little background on these two gentlemen.
Gus was a Sandover Medallist in the WAFL, player and later chairman of the East Coast Eagles football club, and a board member of the GWS Giants during their foundation years. Gus is also a Richmond supporter for his sins and coaches his son’s under-6 Auskick team.
Ian Parker was a player and long-serving vice president of the Pennant Hills Demons football club, one of the oldest AFL clubs in the Sydney competition. Ian is also a long term Hawthorn supporter.
Both the Eagles and the Demons are based in the Hills suburbs of Sydney and are our local teams in the Sydney Premiership division competition.
We start off with the lowdown on the Buddy recruitment saga which became a contest for his services between the Sydney Swans and the GWS Giants. This was prompted by a recent article by Kevin Sheedy, the inaugural coach of the GWS Giants. Gus was a GWS Giants board member at that time and he was able to bring a first-hand reaction to this event.
We then discuss the prospects of the GWS Giants and the Sydney Swans in the second half of the season with the potential for both teams to be in the top eight and play finals, a first for the Giants. These two teams are our local teams in the national AFL competition.
The big media stories of the week just had to get a little of our attention, the first being Eddie McGuire’s deplorable comments about drowning a female AFL reporter. This story was originally brought to media attention through a podcast “Outer Sanctum” and from there further publicised by Erin Riley in her blog post. While the actual event was originally broadcast on Triple M radio in Melbourne, it is amazing that it never received any broader media attention until the podcast and blog highlighted it.
The second big story of the week were the penalties handed down by the AFL for Brad Scott’s comments in his post-match coaches press conference after his team North Melbourne were beaten by Hawthorn in a rough match.
And just to wrap it up, it was a week in which the AFL announced that they would have a women’s national competition from next year. Great news for the future of women in sport and a good positive note to close this episode.