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  • WE ARE ESSENDON

    By Rick Edwards WE ARE ESSENDON How the supplements saga tested the loyalty of the club’s most passionate fans. Essendon Football Club’s proud history—from 1872—was forever sullied in 2012 when the club embarked on a fateful supplements program for its players that brought the club to the brink, resulting in 34 players from the 2012 season being banned, in January, 2016, by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The media focus on the club and players was unrelenting. But what of the fans? They too suffered; they were mercilessly derided in the streets, in cyberspace and at games.
  • TIME TO FLY Pictorial Story of Eagles 2018 AFL Premiership

    West Coast’s 2018 AFL Premiership victory over Collingwood came after an epic Grand Final contest—a pulsating, nerve-jangling game of wild momentum swings. Under the guidance of coach Adam Simpson and captain Shannon Hurn, and thanks to the brilliance of Luke Shuey and Josh Kennedy, the courage of Jeremy McGovern, the calmness in defence of Tom Barrass, and the nerveless finishing of Dom Sheed, the Eagles held firm to defeat Collingwood by five points. A MUST-HAVE FOR EAGLES FANS, THIS IS A SLATTERY MEDIA PUBLICATION, UNDER LICENCE FROM THE AFL. IT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER 2018, WITH AN RRP OF $39.95.    
  • TIGER TIME - The Pictorial Story of Richmond's 2017 AFL Premiership.

    Richmond’s 2017 AFL premiership proved that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. The club finished a dismal 13th in 2016, and only the most blindly optimistic member of the Tiger Army would have believed Richmond were set to break a 37-year flag drought. Yet that was exactly how this gloriously unpredictable season played out. The suburb formally known as Struggletown rejoiced to that famous clubsong: “YELLOW AND BLACK!” Thanks to midfield superstar Dustin Martin’s record-breaking, Brownlow Medal winning season, the manic brilliance brought to the table by Jack Riewoldt’s ‘mosquito fleet’ of tenacious small forwards, disciplined and versatile team defence following the lead of Alex Rance, and the rebirth of captain Trent Cotchin as a smiling, content and ultimately inspirational leader, the Tigers were simply irresistible come September. Tiger Time tells the story—through stunning images taken by AFL Media’s photographers—of a campaign during which Richmond coach Damien Hardwick stood in front of his loveable and committed group of players and asked one simple question: “Why not us?” Tracking the highs, lows and thrilling conclusion of Richmond’s dream run to the Premiership dais, Tiger Time captures the defi ning moments of the Tiger renaissance. Running the gamut from tear-stained struggle to fist-pumping joy, it shows that football miracles really do happen after all—even in Tigerland. A MUST-HAVE FOR ALL RICHMOND FANS, TIGER TIME, A SLATTERY MEDIA PUBLICATION, UNDER LICENCE FROM THE AFL, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER 2017 AT A RRP OF $39.95.  
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    THE MODERN MELBOURNE CUP

    The Melbourne Cup is 152 years old and The Modern Melbourne Cup explores the changes in the race over the past 20 years.  These change have been the most significant in its history. No longer is it ‘the race that stops a nation’—now it’s the race that captivates the world. This book covers Irishman Dermot Weld’s ground-breaking win with Vintage Crop; the change in philosophy of the champion local trainers Bart Cummings and Lee Freedman; the French connection; Luca Cumani’s lament; the Sheikh’s quest; the growing influence of the Europeans; the demise of the Kiwis, and the amazing story of Dunaden. It is an in-depth study of the effects of the global interest in Australia’s greatest race, featuring narratives from the key players. Paperback.  144 pages.
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    THE FIRST LIONS OF RUGBY

    On the eve of the British & Irish Lions Australian tour in June 2013, renowned rugby writer Sean Fagan brings to life the dramatic story of The First Lions of Rugby—22 young footballers who embarked on a high-risk, non-sanctioned tour of Australia in 1888. A haunting tale of tragedy and triumph, The First Lions of Rugby tells the story of the remarkable team which changed rugby forever. Across 54 matches, the young Lions battled it out against the best rugby teams Australia and New Zealand had to offer. Then, in a forgotten chapter of sports history, they turned their prodigious football talent to Australian Rules, taking on the top clubs of Melbourne and Adelaide, and stepping into the middle of a ‘code war’ for national ascendancy. However, the tour was marred by tragedy when a boat accident claimed the life of the team’s captain, Bob Seddon. Despite their grief, the team rallied to continue the tour, encouraged by messages of support from across Australia. Having departed England in controversial circumstances, the Lions returned home bathed in glory as trailblazers and visionaries. A stoic lot, the team had overcome adversity to set down the foundations for a wonderful tradition—the rare but special event of a British & Irish Lions tour. On the 125-year anniversary of that inaugural tour, The First Lions of Rugby describes in great detail and perspective one of the most enthralling events in sports history. Paperback.  304 pages.