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From the coach's box, Part 2: Communication

Coaching is one of footy's mysterious arts, but ESPN is lifting the lid in an exclusive three-part series. This is Part 2, delving into communication - from the early days of learning a game plan, to what happens on game day.

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From the coach's box, Part 1: Game Plans

Coaching is one of footy's mysterious arts, but ESPN is lifting the lid in an exclusive three-part series. This is Part 1, delving into the specifics of game plans - what they actually are, how they are formulated, their evolution over time and more.

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Daniher won't return for Bombers in Round 2

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From the archives: Why the Dons should trade Daniher

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Hardwick: 2020 flag might be the AFL's greatest

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Hardwick: Tigers well prepared to handle 2020's challenges

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SEASON RESUMPTION

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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has confirmed footy will resume on June 11, with a vast number of new initiatives and protocols in place to ensure the sport's return.

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AFL season to return on June 11

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WA, SA clubs set for Queensland hub move

The AFL's four clubs based in West Australia and South Australia will be moving to the Gold Coast as part of the league's 'return to play' model.

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  • ESPN's Top 20 Must-Watch Players: 10-1

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