What will the nine rules and interpretations changes introduced for season 2019 mean to the way footy is played? Trends with Marc McGowan aims to find out, checking with analysts at the AFL and the clubs to get a gauge on what's happening and why
Sharing is caring: The key ingredient the best teams all have
Understanding how player interactions impact sporting success can be a complex process, but it's a topic Deakin University PhD candidate Chris Young has tackled at length. Young's study sets about proving why the most successful teams are also commonly the ones that work best as a collective. It might seem commonsense but Young's research means coaches can remove the guesswork on this subject.
The four puzzle pieces to success, and what teams do wrong
From playing in the TAC Cup alongside Josh Gibson and Andrew Carrazzo to coaching the Canadian national team and interviewing the sharpest minds in world sport, Cody Royle leads a fascinating life. Royle is now an author, podcast host and international keynote speaker who has extensively researched what gives the world's leading sports teams, including the New England Patriots, their competitive advantage. Within that work, he believes there are four key puzzle pieces that lead to sustained success.
The secret stats behind this week's four finals
The AFL finals are upon us and everyone has an opinion on how this week's four matches will go. But setting aside all of our biases, what do the raw numbers tell us? Champion Data analyst Corey Mobilio has run his eyes over the key statistics to deliver you the ultimate finals preview.
Part science, part art: Insider explains how NBA teams problem solve
Seth Partnow spent three seasons as the Milwaukee Bucks' director of basketball research before accepting a job this year with media juggernaut The Athletic. He rose from part-time blogger to in-demand NBA analyst, using his deep analytics knowledge to develop on-court and recruiting strategies for the Bucks. And he knows more about Australian football than you might think.
Why more draftees aren't making an immediate impact
There aren't many people better positioned to discuss the structures in place to produce future AFL draftees than Ryan O'Keefe. The ex-Swan came through the then-TAC Cup competition and transformed himself into an AFL star, before working in development coaching at Adelaide and now being in charge of the Western Jets' under-18 program. O'Keefe has firm beliefs on how the system can work better and what can make the next batch of footballers a greater success.
Forward or defender? How personality decides your end of the ground
Whether you're organising the backline or telling the forwards what to do, outsiders might think every coaching job is the same. St Kilda assistant Henry Playfair quickly discovered otherwise. He started his coaching journey overseeing Sydney's forward line before later switching his attention to the other end of the ground. Throughout those experiences, Playfair learned the value of understanding a player's personality before even thinking of the practical elements.
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