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In the Game with Damian Barrett - an AFL podcast

He's footy's number one newsbreaker, always at the coalface of the biggest stories in the game. Damian Barrett goes behind the scenes and inside the stories and minds of football's most influential figures. An Australian Football League production.

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Caroline Wilson: 'I don't know why footy clubs lie'

The 'experiment' ended up as one of the great media careers. Football’s first lady - Caroline Wilson - started as that experiment in 1982 and in the next 37 years dominated and conquered the world of football media.In this episode of In the Game she takes us through that journey …. which is far from finished.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

48mins

17 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Andrew Krakouer's raw story: From prison back to the MCG

When Andrew Krakouer was 11, his football famous dad didn’t come home one day... sentenced to jail. Fourteen years later, Andrew himself didn’t come home for his own daughters... he too sentenced to jail.Andrew Krakouer has lived the lows of having a prison door slammed shut on his freedom, and also the highs of kicking three goals in an AFL Grand Final. Forever regretful of his actions, he has never shirked responsibility of them. Here he tells his incredible story of support, love, family and belonging.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

31mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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What happened to Adam Goodes will never happen again: Jodie Sizer

A long established leader in the indigenous community, Jodie Sizer is now leading as a director of the Collingwood Football Club. In this episode of she addresses the sensitive subject of racism head-on, sharing her vast experiences and expressing the need for truth-telling and education.In the GameSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

40mins

21 May 2019

Rank #3

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Stephen Coniglio on the surprising side of Heath, the Toby-Bont run-in and how the Giants stay connected

Damian Barrett is joined by GWS captain Stephen Coniglio to discuss how he's managing the AFL shutdown period, his polarising teammate Toby Greene, which clubs came closest to luring him from the Giants, and more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

24mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Steve Johnson on Grand Final guilt, brutal tactics, and Toby Greene

Playing in an AFL Grand Final is something only the privileged get to do. Stevie Johnson played in four of them, and in this week's episode of In the Game he takes us through the pressure, the unknown and the privilege of playing on football's biggest stage.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

40mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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Mick Malthouse on why he could still be a coach, and inheriting a 'diabolical' list

Mick Malthouse has always backed himself. No one in VFL/AFL history has coached more games than Malthouse and on this week's with Damian Barrett, he explains why he thinks he could still coach at the elite level. Malthouse also speaks in depth about his bizarre mid-season trade from St Kilda to Richmond, his philosophy as a coach and the impact his career has had on his family.In The GameSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

50mins

18 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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GWS chief Dave Matthews takes aim at former Giant, club presidents

You know where you stand with Dave Matthews, CEO of GWS Giants. His preparedness to call everything as he sees it is a good, refreshing quality and one that can create the occasional stoush. As you'll hear in this episode, he's happy to call out a big name player, as well as a couple of even bigger name officials.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

43mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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The AFL's plan for re-starting footy with Steve Hocking and Patrick Clifton

Damian Barrett speaks to General Manager of Football Operations Steve Hocking and Head of Health, Safety & Laws Patrick Clifton about the AFL's approach to the getting the 2020 season back on track, player test results, and more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

15mins

6 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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John Longmire: You feel like you're the one who has let the club down

From starting his own career as a 16-year-old through to coaching the Swans to a premiership, John Longmire has packed a lot in. Here he talks of the learnings from winning and losing Grand Finals, his mateship with Alastair Clarkson, and how it always hurts to tell a player that his career is finished.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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Commentator Corbin Middlemas on being gay within the AFL industry, and broadcasting basics

Sports broadcaster Corbin Middlemas describes himself as the big guy with the deep voice. A media talent on the rise, Middlemas in 2018 published an article on the ABC platforms wanting to tell young men who don't fit the norm that it's perfectly normal. As he says in this edition of , being gay doesn't make you less masculine.In the GameSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

44mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #10

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Brian Cook: When Geelong first discussed intervention for Bomber

In 30 years as CEO of two highly successful AFL clubs, Brian Cook has seen and lived more than most in football. There's been stunning success, a few setbacks and a lot of tough conversations with a lot of people. In this episode of In the Game he lets us in on some key facets of that football journey.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

40mins

29 May 2019

Rank #11

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Andrew Bassat: How one of Australia's richest men plans to turn the Saints around

Good things happen to businesses when Andrew Bassat gets involved - St Kilda football club the latest venture to benefit. One of Australia's most astute, wealthy and connected businessmen, the founder of job search company Seek is now president of the Saints. He's got very big plans, and some big St Kilda names are part of those plans.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27mins

24 Apr 2019

Rank #12

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Stuart Dew on self-doubt, Matt Rowell, Noah Anderson, and Suns 'lifers'

There's always doubt in an AFL's coach's mind. Just ask Stuart Dew, who saw his team the Gold Coast Suns lose 18 games in a row in 2019. Combatting that doubt has been an off-season focus for Dew, and as you’ll to hear on this episode of In The Game, it's a refreshed man - and club which he coaches - on the eve of the 2020 season.NOTE: This interview was recorded on February 11, 2020.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

14 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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Nathan Buckley on the word he regrets using, and the next Nick Maxwell

Football heartache seems to follow Nathan Buckley. The footy gods just won’t cut him any slack, but he refuses to take the woe-is-me outlook.Here on In The Game, on the eve of the 2020 season, Buckley reveals how he has learnt to embrace the missed opportunities, and how he refuses to look back at life's sliding door moments.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

41mins

9 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Michael Voss: The unusual word Lethal used to deal with Aker

A young captain at 21, young coach at 34, and a still young assistant coach at 43... wanting to be a senior coach again.Michael Voss' extraordinary journey through football has had some amazing highs and some painful lows, but throughout it all he has always maintained his class. And he's never lost his hunger for competition.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

42mins

15 May 2019

Rank #15

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Matthew Nicks on his 'unofficial contracts' with mates, coaching philosophies, and Darcy Fogarty

New Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks has two contracts attached to running the Crows; one with the club, and an equally important one with a small group of trusted friends.In this edition of In The Game, Nicks reveals how he does not want the coaching job to change him as a person, and how has empowered those friends to be brutally honest with him.NOTE: This interview was recorded on February 11, 2020.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

35mins

13 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Carlton CEO Cain Liddle: Inside the 'heartbreaking' decision to sack Bolton

Cain Liddle has once before helped awaken a sleeping giant of the AFL. Having been hands-on in the seemingly unstoppable rise of Richmond, he was appointed Carlton CEO in late 2017 with a charter of change. With a background that includes being a teammate of Gary Ablett Senior, and once upon a time being a coach of Marcus Bontempelli, Liddle goes behind the scenes of the rebuild of the once mighty Blues.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

42mins

28 Aug 2019

Rank #17

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Adam Simpson: Our culture had been questioned

West Coast premiership coach Adam Simpson takes Damian Barrett inside the Eagles' world of mateship, spirit, unity, family-first approach, messing up pre-game speeches and the exact moment he knew he had a premiership capable team.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

26mins

20 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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The Coach with Ross Lyon: Crisis management, Lachie Hunter, and the time he had to apologise to a champ

In this audio version of AFL.com.au's video The Coach, Damian Barrett is joined by Ross Lyon to discuss the Lachie Hunter incident and how to manage a crisis, plus the hilarious twist in Lyon's 'pristine' Pav spray.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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Simon Goodwin on a summer of self-reflection, captain Max, and Petracca

Simon Goodwin seemed lost at times in 2019, as his Demons slipped all the way down to second last on the ladder. So post-season he went overseas to, among other things, find himself.In this edition of In The Game, Goodwin reveals the changes that have come from that journey, and sheds light on the new clarity he has on life and football.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

22mins

8 Mar 2020

Rank #20