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  • AGAINST ALL ODDS

    Against All Odds is a  pictorial record of the Western Bulldogs’ history-making season 2016. And what a season it was!! The story of the 2016 AFL season is one for the ages, with the Western Bulldogs breaking a premiership drought that stretched a long 62 years. Players, coaches and fans alike have endured countless broken dreams since the Dogs last triumphed in 1954, as they have fallen short of an elusive flag many times over. But, in 2016, as the club formerly known as Footscray, garnered unprecedented support and goodwill from across the nation, the long wait for a premiership finally ended in October 2016.  One of the most remarkable aspects of the Western Bulldogs’ 2016 season, is that a flag rarely seemed possible at any stage along the way.  The team suffered injury after injury which in turn presented seemingly insurmountable hurdles for the Dogs’ aiming for another grab of football’s silverware. Against All Odds tells the story, through photographs selected from of official AFL Media, and from the Bulldogs’ collection, of the Bulldogs’ ‘impossible’ season, from the hard slog of pre-season training on sweltering summer days, to the moment coach Luke Beveridge and captains Easton Wood and Bob Murphy lifted the premiership cup at last on Grand Final day. Chronicling a tale of heartache, hope and ultimately unbridled joy, AGAINST ALL ODDS captures the defining moments of the Bulldogs’ 2016 season — including a finals campaign that saw them as underdogs in every final.  They battled against more experienced teams week after week, from one side of the country to another, as they overcame each and every setback to achieve a goal that many, if not most, thought impossible.
  • BLOOD IN THEIR BOOTS

    A History of VFL/AFL Grand Final Umpires This book recognises the sporting achievement of a part of Australian Rules Football which is often forgotten. In the 120 years that VFL/AFL football has been played, there have been 121 Grand Finals and those games have been controlled by 63 individuals. These stories are about those umpires and their journey in football. Those who officiated from 1898 to 1947 have been recognised by reference to historical data, as they were before the author’s time. From 1948 to 2016 those involved were interviewed for their story. They tell of their own journey in football and into umpiring, and where that journey has taken them. They nominate the players who stood out for them, some who made their life in umpiring a little more ”interesting” and some whom they found to be real characters on the field. It is hoped this account will give the reader a better insight into those who take on what might be seen as the less attractive side of football, however, to those who officiate, it is completely the opposite.
  • Coleman Revised
    John Coleman was a spectacular and record-breaking, premiership full-forward for Essendon. He later returned to coach the Bombers to two more flags. But, both his playing career and his life were cut tragically short. Over the past forty years, the myth has grown – but mysteries have remained. Now it's time to discover the truth in Coleman - The Untold Story of an AFL Legend.
  • FIND THE FOOTY

    Travel around the world and you will find 100s of footys in famous places in Find the Footy. Can you spot the footballs hidden among a host of famous landmarks and locations around the world? You might think the distinctive oval-shaped ball would be impossible to miss, but this colourful activity book will keep kids searching as they try to find the carefully concealed footys. This fun activity book has been endorsed by footy favourite Dipper (Robert DiPierdomenico), who says: "I wish I was a kid again", this book is a ripper. Find the Footy is a great book for the kids to keep them busy during the holidays.
  • JACKSON'S STORY

    Jackson's Story by Dwayne Russell and Donna Gynell brings back their mighty mite of footy, Jackson, in a compendium of Jackson’s Goal and Jackson’s Footy. These two books, published in 2010 and 2011, delighted youngsters all over Australia, and now you can read of Jackson’s pathway from the backyard to his first big game all in one volume—Jackson’s Story.

    Jackson’s Footy

    Jackson loves Australian Football. Above all, he loves his footy. He takes it everywhere. When he’s eating breakfast, when he’s shopping with his grandma, or washing his dog, Jackson’s footy is by his side. But then he starts seeing his footy all over town. The big kids are playing with it, it’s in the sports shop, it’s at the big game, it’s even on television. It’s Jackson’s footy, and it’s everywhere.

    Jackson’s Goal

    Jackson is back in this delightful follow-up to Jackson’s Footy! Jackson loves Australian Football and he practises his skills in the backyard all through the day. He dodges and handballs, tackles and kicks the footy, all under the watchful eye of mum. When Jackson makes the team, he is so excited to be playing his first game of football. And what a game it turns out to be!
  • Lou-My Wonderful Life

    Lou-My Wonderful Life by Lou Richards with Stephen Phillips In celebration of Australian Football legend Lou Richards' immense contribution to the game, and continued services to the sport through his successful media career, the Slattery Media Group is thrilled to publish an updated edition of Lou's memoirs, first released in 1989. With a foreword by Eddie McGuire and a new section looking at the star's major achievements, and 16-pages of photography, My Wonderful Life is a stunning testimony to one of the game's true greats.  
  • MICK AND THE CLEANER

    Mick and the Cleaner is the story that began in Launceston in February 2011.  Battling horse trainer Mick Burles and a gelding called The Cleaner began their racetrack journey that was to make its mark on the landscape of the Australian turf. The Cleaner, bought two years earlier at a yearling sale for just $10,000 by three of Burles’ golfing mates when the trainer didn’t have the money himself, finished 13th in a field of 14 maidens. The first-up flop went on to win 19 of his 54 races for Burles and earn more than $1.3 million in prize money. Much loved as battlers in a world of bluebloods, Mick and The Cleaner would gather a cult-like following, with fanfare at a frenzy in 2014 when the horse Mick called Bill became the first Tasmanian-trained runner in the Cox Plate. By the time their partnership ended just over a year (and another run in the Cox Plate) later, the two underdogs were national identities, with some likening the partnership to that of Tommy Woodcock and the legend Phar Lap. In December 2015, Mick’s world was torn apart when the same friends who stepped in to buy the horse when Burles didn’t have “10 grand”, sacked him.  They removed The Cleaner from the stables that he had called home for close to seven years. In Mick and The Cleaner, the remarkable rise of the two unlikely heroes, and all the facts of how and why this pair were split, is exclusively revealed.
  • See What We Have Created

    See What We Created is a celebration of what has been a remarkable and historic first AFL Women’s season, a comprehensive review of the seven rounds of competition between the eight national teams, and an in-depth study of the first AFLW Grand Final. When Ikon Park was packed to the brim with 24,568 fans—and thousands more turned away at the gate—for the first AFLW match between Collingwood and Carlton, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said the League was “overwhelmed” by the response, and the interest has continued to grow.  
  • SOCCERUFUS AND THE BIG DEBUT

    Soccerufus and the Big Debut is an exciting and humorous tale about an unlikely young sporting hero who learns that you don’t have to be a natural to love and enjoy the great game of soccer.  This book is full of soccer tips and drills from Aussie soccer superstar Archie Thompson, as well as Adrian Beck’s quirky cartoons and a collection of soccer jokes to impress your friends. Rufus’ new school is abuzz when world record breaking former Socceroo Archie Thompson visits to hold a soccer clinic. 11-year-old Rufus’ passion for the game is ignited the moment he scores his first ever goal and Archie gives him the nickname, ‘Soccerufus’. But Rufus still feels guilty about a big mistake he made at his old school that forced his whole family to move from the country to the sprawling suburb of Bayview. He knows his goal at Archie’s clinic was a fluke and he’s worried that he’ll let everyone down if he joins the school team. A great book for all those young soccer fans, with some great tips from Australia's soccer legend Archie Thompson.  
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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.
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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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.    
  • 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.