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What really happens when the axe falls in the AFL world? Some of the biggest names in the sport reveal the remarkable true stories of how they discovered their days were numbered and when the guillotine dropped.

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What really happens when the axe falls in the AFL world? Some of the biggest names in the sport reveal the remarkable true stories of how they discovered their days were numbered and when the guillotine dropped.

    Gary Ayres - Tale of two halves

    Gary Ayres - Tale of two halves

    Five flags, two Norm Smith medals, three All-Australian jackets and a spot in the Hall of Fame! Gary Ayres playing career was covered in glory, flags and confetti almost every September. After an incredible career with the Hawks he stepped into coaching to chase another flag in the second half of his AFL journey. The road was bumpier, the highs fleeting and the confetti gone. Ayres reflects on a life in football, from the glory days with the Hawks, to coaching Ablett and Carey and to his recent success with Port Melbourne. 
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Travis Cloke - Missing the mark

    Travis Cloke - Missing the mark

    Premiership player, All-Australian and arguably the best contested mark of the modern era! Unfortunately, Travis Cloke’s glittering resume often took a back seat to the goal kicking yips that plagued his career. It took a move to the Bulldogs to discover that he wasn’t just missing the mark in front of the big sticks, but his passion and hunger for the game was also off course! Cloke opens up about the pressure of game day performance, the training session breakdown that led to his mental health break, the glory days with the Pies and his infamous goal kicking woes. 
     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Justin Leppitsch - Into the Lions den

    Justin Leppitsch - Into the Lions den

    Three flags, three All-Australian berths and a club Best & Fairest. Justin Leppitsch’s playing career with Brisbane was steeped in success. Seven years after hanging up the boots he would return to lead the Lions pride after the tumultuous reign of fellow club legend Michael Voss. After just fourteen wins in three seasons, Leppitsch would eventually fall to the same knife as his predecessor. He knew the challenges when he signed on the dotted line, so where did it all go so wrong for Leppitsch and the Lions? Plus, re-living the Lions three-peat glory days, coaching a young Alex Rance and a behind the scenes look at the creation of the Tigers powerhouse. 
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Brock McLean - Banishing Demons

    Brock McLean - Banishing Demons

    Every weekend Brock McLean crossed the white lines and entered a battle on the football field. For 11 years he fought that fight for two hours each game day, then win, lose or draw he would step off the field and face his true battle. His mental demons were crushing, his alcohol and drug use slowly tearing his life apart. Six years on from hanging up the boots, and one year since finding help for his mental battlefield, McLean opens up about his pathway back to the light. Plus, the former Dee and Blue reveals the story behind his positive drug test, Melbourne’s tanking scandal and the moment the axe fell on his career. 
     
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    • 1 hr
    Brendon Goddard Part 2 - The toe poke, bounce and heartache

    Brendon Goddard Part 2 - The toe poke, bounce and heartache

    One Matthew Scarlett toe poke, one cruel bounce of the ball and three Grand Final heartaches. Through what lens should we view the 09’-10’ St Kilda squad? A powerhouse team who went 20-2 in the 2009 home and away season and won 80% of their matches over the two year stretch. Or just a good team who came up small on the biggest stage of all? Brendon Goddard reflects on his career with the Saints, the Grand Final pain that still haunts him and the departure of Ross Lyon. 
     
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    • 39 min
    Brendon Goddard Part 1 - Out of the frying pan and into the fire

    Brendon Goddard Part 1 - Out of the frying pan and into the fire

    The Saints hero who became footballs first big fish landed in free agency. After 205 games, three Grand Finals and two All-Australian guernseys, Goddard was on his way to the Bombers. The script was already bursting at the seams and plastered over the back of every newspaper, but the true plot twist was lurking just out of sight. The rest is history, the drug scandal stole the back page and Goddard’s career was thrown off course. We’ve all read the stories and heard the interviews, but what really happened inside Essendon as footy’s darkest days played out? 
     
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    • 51 min

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