As the current local coaches are obviously under-represented, a high-quality voice has identified three current players who can easily enter the coaching bench.
The AFL’s leading local coach said that once Eddie Bates, Sean Burgoyne and Sean Edwards’ amazing careers have come to an end, they can all enter the coaching bench.
Less than 1.5% of AFL coaches are Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders-only Richmond VFL coach Xavier Clarke and first-year Western Bulldogs development coach Travis Varcoe.
In the United States, when minority coaches are dug into senior positions to promote diversity, NFL clubs are compensated by two third-round draft picks.
Clark, 37, said he aspires to be the first local football coach in nearly 40 years Support three current champions as potential alternate coaches.
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Barry Cable (76 games as a North Melbourne senior coach from 1981-84) and Graham’Polly’ Farmer (66 games for Geelong from 1973-75) are the only local seniors in VFL-AFL history.
“If you asked me five years ago, I would say I want to be a senior coach 100%,” Clark said.
“But now you have been working in the AFL system for five years, and you understand the work and the experience you need. I’m not in a hurry.”
Clarke coached NT Thunder to the 2015 Premier League before joining Punt Rd in 2017, where he helped the Tigers win three AFL flags.
“We have people like Andrew McQuitt, Adam Kingsley, and Sam Logan, who served as assistants for the first year,” Clark said.
“We all want to get there at some point. I’m very lucky to be able to coach my team at the state league level, which gives me the experience of coaching my team.”
Clark said that “raw data” shows that local coaches are seriously underrepresented.
Last year, West Coast broke up with development coach Chance Bateman, and Fremantle development coach Roger Hayden joined the club’s community engagement team.
Varcoe’s arrival in Whitten Oval coincided with the first pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan joining Bulldogs as the club’s only local player.
“Travis Varcoe and I were coaches, then Matty Whelan of Melbourne was the project manager, and Nathan Lovett-Murray was doing something behind the scenes with the Saints,” Clark said.
“This is not for everyone. Having said that, I look at some people who may be at the end of their careers at Shaun Burgoyne and potential Eddie Betts-how good they would be to have these people serve as development forward coaches or midfield coaches ?
“I think Sean Edwards will be an incredible assistant coach because he knows the game very well-he may not even think so.
“Sometimes players may not see that they have the ability to make this impact.”
Edwards is so respected in Tiger Land that it is believed that he will shine in a series of football roles.
Former Fremantle coach Ross Lyon also supports local superstar Michael Walters to one day become a senior AFL coach.
Legend puts forward ideas for national dream time celebrations
Essendon legend Michael Long said that the 17-hour sell-out of Perth Stadium in the fantasy time of the West on Saturday night shows that this big game need not be locked in MCG.
Last year’s Darwin Dreamtime produced a special spectacle. 20,000 Western Australians will participate in this all-Victorian blockbuster with Long from WACA Ground on Saturday.
“This is one of the things we have learned from the past few days,” Long said on Friday.
“We want to celebrate with every player, whether you are playing for Essendon or Richmond, we want to improve all players.
“Who knows? We might propose this idea to Jill (McLachland), and we can do this in every state so that we can get to know all our champions.”
Brownlow medal winner Gavin Wanganeen also said that occasionally sharing this iconic device is beneficial.
“This is a good question-do we move Dreamtime games away from’G more often?” Wanganen said.
“In’G. There are nearly 100,000 people each time, and the impact… is very difficult, very difficult.
“But I do see the advantages of moving it. I don’t want to participate in that decision. I don’t envy Jill and the people there.”
Lang met with the Bombers players this week to discuss the importance of his culture and the impact of the great coach Kevin Heidi, who helped create the Richmond-Essendon showcase.
“We discussed the home round and the club’s work to pave the way and lead the way in various ways, both on and off the court, and influence our supporters,” Lang said.
“Regardless of racism (or whatever). The culture has changed.”
Wanganeen implemented a new game plan for the new coach Ben Rutten, which put the Bombers on the road to glory, which was full of praise. He let the bombers break a 10-game losing streak against Richmond.
“For a long time, the bombers have been missing a football that can hurt their opponents,” Wanganeen said.
“Now it’s coming-all thanks to Truck (Rutten) and his assistants, finding a football brand that will really hurt the opponent-persistence is the key.
“At that time you will start fighting for the top four, the finals and the Premier League title. If they can maintain this state, then young players will obviously gain experience and become better when they are young.
“This is an offensive brand. They move quickly, so they ask for the support of a lot of opposition.
“But playing that style of football and being loyal to it is the key.”
How Winmar’s pride changed the lives of Indigenous Australians
Former Essendon player Nathan Lovett-Murray (Nathan Lovett-Murray) said that St Kilda’s pioneer Nicky Winmar (Nicky Winmar) is the “black superman” of Aboriginal Australians , And still play a role in Victoria Park’s anti-racism stance nearly three years later.
Lovett-Murray is one of the driving forces behind a new documentary, The Ripple Effect. It tells the extraordinary moment when Winmar raised the Saints jumper and pointed to his bare skin and said: “I am black and I am proud.” The 1993 game against Collingwood.
This documentary will be broadcast on Channel 7 after the Dreamtime game between Essendon and Richmond in Perth on Saturday. It will be created by award-winning filmmaker Peter Dixon with Lovett Murray acting as executive producer.
Lovett-Murray has been St Kilda’s indigenous liaison for the past two years. He persuaded the club to need help documenting Winmar’s story and include it in the school’s plan to promote tolerance and eliminate racism.
“I remember when it happened, my family talked about it and how they felt watching it,” said Lovett-Murray, who was almost 11 years old.
“He (Winmar) is like a black superman.
“He stood up to the racists and pointed to his skin. This is a very important gesture.
“This is how I felt as an indigenous boy, and it still is.”
After working with the great Michael Long of Essendon on The Long Walk and various other projects, Lovett-Murray hopes to see Winmar’s story as part of the school project.
“Based on my experience in Essendon and what we did to Michael Long…coming to the Saints (as an indigenous liaison), I take it for granted,” he said.
“This is what we should do for Nicky.
“The club has done a few things with Nick in the past, but nothing really specific. So my main goal is to create an education program that we can incorporate into schools and educate people about racism.”
As part of the Point + Be Proud program, the ripple effect of other indigenous and multicultural athletes including Nova Peris, Bachar Houli and Josh Addo-Carr will be presented in a condensed form. The program will be launched in 10 schools later this year, and it is planned to be rolled out state and nationwide in the next few years.
“This was something that happened 30 years ago, but we are still talking about it now,” he said. “It must have had a huge impact on society.
“The next 30 years will also be huge for Nicky. We created a school program called Point + Be Proud because we are trying to educate the next generation.”
Lovett-Murray is the great-grandson of Sir Doug Nicholls, the pioneer of the American Football League (AFL) naming its “Indigenous Round”.
He said that since the Winmar moment, Australian football and society have made great progress, but there is still a long way to go.
“Sometimes it feels like we took a step forward and then a race event happened and we took two steps back,” he said.
“Racism is bullying. Anyone who has experienced bullying must know where to get support.”
Ripple Effect will be broadcast on Channel 7 in Melbourne and Adelaide at 11pm on Saturday, after the Dreamtime game, and 7mate in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.