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Matildas homecoming shapes as make or break for coach Gustavsson
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Matildas

Matildas homecoming shapes as make or break for coach Gustavsson

The Matildas’ ranking has slipped from 7th to 11th after just two wins from 12 games under the Swedish coach - who, one year into his tenure, has still not set foot in Australia.

  • by Dominic Bossi

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Simon Goodwin, from high anxiety to high achiever

Simon Goodwin, from high anxiety to high achiever

It may never be known just how close the Demons’ 2021 grand final coach came to losing his job before the season.

  • by Caroline Wilson
Mayhem and sadness in a week Melbourne finally snapped

Mayhem and sadness in a week Melbourne finally snapped

Condemning this week’s violent protests in Melbourne is the easy bit. A more difficult task is understanding who these protesters are and what drove them to this point.

  • by Chip Le Grand
The games within a game: How the grand final could be decided

The games within a game: How the grand final could be decided

The two best teams are playing off for the flag, but how do Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs make the most of their strengths while trying to keep their opponents in check?

  • by Michael Gleeson
Will the Demons choke in the AFL grand final after 57-year drought?

Will the Demons choke in the AFL grand final after 57-year drought?

Today on Please Explain, sports reporter Sam McClure joins Nathanael Cooper from Perth to look at Saturday’s historic AFL Grand Final.

  • by Nathanael Cooper
‘It’s Cooper and Kerevi’: Rival coach reveals how the Wallabies beat the world champions
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‘It’s Cooper and Kerevi’: Rival coach reveals how the Wallabies beat the world champions

Japan’s attack coach Tony Brown has kept a close eye on the Wallabies ahead of a clash in October, and has identified the secrets behind Australia’s post-Bledisloe resurgence.

  • by Paul Cully
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Protests stretched the thin blue line to breaking point
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Naked City

Protests stretched the thin blue line to breaking point

Senior police privately admit they got it horribly wrong on Saturday and needed to change tactics.

  • by John Silvester
Victoria’s reopening model says hospitals will be overwhelmed. Is it right?

Victoria’s reopening model says hospitals will be overwhelmed. Is it right?

As Victoria sets a new daily record for COVID cases, attention is turning to the various statistical models, and what they say about the speed at which the virus will spread.

  • by Liam Mannix
The remaking of Michael Voss, Carlton coach
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Carlton

The remaking of Michael Voss, Carlton coach

Michael Voss spent five seasons at the helm of the Brisbane Lions, his final match as senior coach eight years ago. In 2022, he will put the lessons he’s learned to good use when he takes the reins at Carlton.

  • by Peter Ryan
Unravelling the conundrum of easing restrictions

Unravelling the conundrum of easing restrictions

Today on Please Explain, science reporter Liam Mannix joins Nathanael Cooper to demystify the Doherty Institute report.

  • by Nathanael Cooper
The nutty statistic that has Manly’s mad professor on cusp of grand final
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NRL 2021

The nutty statistic that has Manly’s mad professor on cusp of grand final

If Des Hasler is a demon for numbers, trawling through statistics in the early hours, the Sea Eagles ‘innovation consultant’ Ramy Haidar is even more obsessed.

  • by Roy Masters