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Episode 95 – Don Scott

The 300 gamer for Hawthorn, 3 time premiership player 2 of which as captain, inducted in AFL hall of fame, team of the century hawthorn fc and founder of the company operation payback which was instrumental in preventing Melbourne & hawthorn merging

  • 00:00  What successful leaders in the team should possess
  • 01:14  How he inspired footballers who looked up to him
  • 02:22  How he condition his mental side before the game
  • 02:57  Don’s challenges as a player
  • 03:48  Highlights of his career
  • 04:22  How he helped to prevent Hawthorn FC from merging to Melbourne FC in the ’90s

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Josh Fahey Prepare Like A Pros ambassadorsCategoriesBlog Elite Lifestyle Players Training Program

PLP Ambassador, Josh Fahey, Became a Giant

Josh Fahey, a Canberra native, was listed by the GWS Giants in the AFL draft, putting him one step closer to playing in the AFL.

Fahey, a national ambassador for Prepare Like A Pro and a Giants Academy product, was selected with pick 42 after GWS matched a Bulldogs bid.

The 18-year-old is a medium defender/winger with a dazzling left foot who enjoys taking the game on with his mastery of pace and speed. Fahey has been in the Giants’ system since he was a kid, and getting selected up by them is a dream come true for him.  Before the draft, he met with Leon Cameron, who informed him that he was in the club’s plans, and he’s trained with the club in Sydney a few times over the last two years. He “liked every second of it,” as one might expect.

“It seems like home,” Fahey remarked, “and there’s no else I’d rather be than here.”

Fahey, a high talent from outside the AFL heartland, played for the AFL Academy against the Geelong VFL team in April, collecting the MCC President’s medal for best on the ground; played five games for the Giants’ VFL side; and, of course, wore the yellow and black for his Queanbeyan Tigers.  He appreciates everything the Tigers have done to assist him in making the AFL list after coming through the Tigers program.

“They’ve done a lot for me during my career and are probably the main reason I’m where I am now,” Fahey said.

Growing up in Canberra’s rugby league heartland and playing for Queanbeyan, Fahey’s path to the AFL big time was everything but smooth. After his father transferred to the Gold Coast for employment in January of last year, he took a three-month break and played two games for the Suns Academy. After that time, it was unclear if Fahey would still be considered a Giants Academy player for AFL draft purposes when he returned to Canberra.

Before he sealed his credentials with a best-on-ground effort in a losing cause for the AFL Academy against Geelong’s VFL club, league officials signed off on his eligibility.

Fahey is a high-achieving junior who embodies the progress junior football has made in the ten years since the Giants Academy was founded. Despite this, Fahey believes it is still more difficult to break into the AFL from Canberra than it is from the footy-heavy states south of the Barassi-line.

“You don’t get noticed as much,” he stated, “but some people don’t get the same opportunity as others in larger states, so it’s quite humbling to be able to receive this opportunity.”

“There’s a lot of strong talent going through the Academy in Canberra and the Riverina area, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw a lot more draftees come out of the area.”

And now that his number has been summoned, the sprightly rebounding defender should expect things to go swiftly.  His goal for pre-season is to put in a good chunk of work in preparation for his AFL debut next season.

“Hopefully next year I have the opportunity,” he said. “It would be fantastic to debut here in front of my local audience and family.”

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PLP Ambassador Nick Daicos Got Drafted with MagpiesCategoriesBlog Elite Lifestyle Players

PLP Ambassador, Nick Daicos, Got Drafted with Magpies!

Nick Daicos is one of the most well-known prospective AFL players in the 2021 draft. The son of legendary Magpies ace Peter and brother of Collingwood star Josh, Nick is one of Prepare Like A Pro’s esteemed national ambassadors.

Daicos is undoubtedly one of the most well-known draftees in football history, given his popularity on social media and heightened focus on the talent pipeline. Daicos, potentially the league’s first father-son selection ever, has already signed a four-year contract, has an endorsement deal with Nike, has over 50,000 Instagram followers, is known by a moniker “Whisper” (his social media account username), is stopped for pictures on the street frequently draws hundreds of supporters to his NAB games. Add to that he’s going to one of the country’s biggest clubs, which just had its worst season in more than two decades, and the attention on Daicos is entirely understandable.

This is Nick Daicos, a basketball-smitten, Fortnite-playing youngster navigating COVID-19 challenges during the most crucial year of his young career. All while being the white hope for Collingwood, a classy midfielder with pinpoint finesse, an incredible work ethic, a thirst for the ball, a star mentality, and a talent for the goal that is in his genes.

The elder Daicos is still remembered as a Pies hero, a 250-game standout who scored 549 goals and led them to their first-ever premiership in 1990. Daicos was known as the ‘Macedonian Marvel’ for his incredible goal-scoring feats and football prowess. The 60-year-old, who deals in real estate development, is now a proud father.

“When I was younger, I’d search him up on YouTube and have a look at a few of his goals,” Nick said in an interview with AFL’s website. “He’s the last person who would say, ‘Hey, look at this clip of me!’, but we are all so proud of dad.”

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said Daicos would have been selected for round one if he had been on the list after working with the Pies twice a week as part of the club’s father-son program in February.

“There’s no disputing his absolute talent. He already looks strong, quick, low to the ground – the Daicos trait. Very powerful. Left foot, right foot. Talent-wise there’s no question. Effort, attitude-wise he looks really good,” Buckley said.

All father-son possibilities pique interest, but when you combine Collingwood’s troubles and Daicos’ form in 2021, he becomes a national figure. However, as the year progressed, Daicos was undecided about nominating for the Pies or joining the open draft. In February, Daicos, his parents, and D’Orazio met with Collingwood football manager Graham Wright, who explicitly confirmed the club’s intention of signing him.

“At the moment, I’m up for grabs for anyone. I’m so driven by team success. I want to win two, three, or four flags. That’s my aim. I feel like I’ve got to make the decision that’s right for me, I don’t feel pressure to nominate as a father-son. I’ve worked hard to get into this position and hopefully, it pans out that I do get to Collingwood and I’m really liking the club. But I’m stuck in the middle and not sure what I’ll do or where I’ll go,” said the younger Daicos.

He also confirmed his desire to play with his brother and be recognized as the top draft pick.

“The pro is I’d love to play with Josh. To play with your brother at the highest level would be a dream come true. That’s the main thing for me to go there. Against would probably be that I really want to be the No.1 draft pick. That’s my aim but if I’m a father-son it could stop that. A lot of people will say, ‘It’s just a pick’ which is definitely fair enough but it’s also a really good representation of the hard work that’s been put in.”

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Jacob van Rooyen Prepare Like A Pros Elite Football Player AmbassadorCategoriesBlog Players PLP Podcast

Jacob van Rooyen – Prepare Like A Pro’s Elite Football Player Ambassador

Jacob van Rooyen is an intriguing talent Melbourne selected as the 19th overall pick in the recent 2021 National Draft.

A national ambassador for a multi-faceted provider of physical preparation services Prepare Like A Pro, the 6-foot-3 Western Australian native could prove to be a valuable swingman, having expertise in vital position roles at both ends of the field.

The intriguing tall bolstered his draft stock with his season-ending performance for Claremont in the WAFL Colts competition. Van Rooyen kicked eleven goals in three Tigers finals, including four in a Grand Final defeat. His ability to play both sides of the field will be critical to the Demons’ success. This was on full display during Western Australia’s Under 19s representative contest against South Australia, where Van Rooyen excelled all day in the down back before sneaking up in the final moments to hit the game-winning major.

“Van Rooyen kicked the winning goal for Western Australia against South Australia in the under-19s clash last weekend, having drifted forward late after spending most of the game in defense. It is that versatility that has improved the Claremont product’s stocks across the year. Van Rooyen played at senior level earlier this season whilst battling glandular fever but his past two months have impressed with his work ethic and capacity to play in key positions,” said draft expert Callum Twomey.

Van Rooyen, who has shone at both ends of the grounds, had a sneaking suspicion he might wind up with the Demons.

“It’s really exciting, and hopefully, I can be a part of it next year and do it all again,” he said in an interview with The West Australian. “I had an interview with (coach) Simon (Goodwin), and then they called me to see how I was going. So I had a suspicion but wasn’t really sure. I feel obviously stoked and pumped. It’s really exciting and a dream come true.”

Van Rooyen, who was sidelined earlier this year by glandular fever, believed he could play senior footy next season and didn’t care which position he played.

“I think I’m quite close enough to a good size and good weight,” he said. “It’s probably just learning to be a bit smarter with my body.”

Van Rooyen stands out in a draft class dominated by midfielders. When you combine his tall stature, strong marking, hard running, and plenty of blond hair, it’s easy to see why scouts took notice.

“It’s not so much about me going out there and dominating – it’s more playing the best I can and proving I am able to play against men. I think showing I can hold my spot and that I’m physically ready is the main thing that’s good,” he said.

The lifelong Dockers supporter described training alongside club legends Nat Fyfe and David Mundy as unreal, despite idolizing a Richmond spearhead when honing his own attacking skill.

“I admire Jack Riewoldt and his uncanny ability to leap into contests. He does not always mark it, but he is constantly creating contests and is also an excellent lead player,”‘ he stated.

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Episode 85 – Garry Baker

Garry “Bull” Baker is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne, Footscray, and Sydney. A ruckman, Baker was originally from Meeniyan and started his career at Footscray before moving to Melbourne where he played most of his football. He won Melbourne’s best and fairest in 1978. In 1983 he joined Sydney who was playing just their second season in the city, he played a total of 147 games and kicked 126 goals. He later played for and coached both Mordialloc and Moorabbin in the Victorian Football Association and is currently the owner of two successful restaurants in Tasmania.

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:00  Where he started and played his junior footy
  • 01:09  His favorite footy position
  • 02:04  Mentors who influenced career
  • 02:51  Garry’s leadership style when he was vice-captain
  • 03:49  Challenges in his career
  • 04:36  Fave TV series or movie

People mentioned:

  • Ted Whitton
  • Glenn Mclean
  • Nathan Fyfe
  • Marcus Bontempelli
  • Patrick Cripps
  • Max Gawn
  • Stefen Martin
  • Tim English
  • Tom Mcdonald
  • Ben Brown
  • Bayley Fritsch
  • Tom Lynch
  • Jack Riewoldt
  • Dustin Martin
  • Bobe Rose
  • Bob Skilton
  • Robert Flower
  • Ron Barassi
  • Christian Petrecca
  • Greg Voss

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Episode 83 – Dylan Shiel

Dylan is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Essendon Football Club. He attended Caulfield Grammar School, graduating in 2010 and played his juniors at Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup. He has played a total of 180 games, 135 with GWS and 45 with Essendon.

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:00  Mindfulness training
  • 01:11  How he works on his weaknesses during offseason
  • 02:14  What he does before a game that benefits him
  • 03:43  His plan for life after footy
  • 04:35  How to boost team morale for next week’s game after a loss
  • 05:57  How he trains for explosiveness

People mentioned:

  • Gregg Merideth 
  • Kevin Sheedy 
  • Mark Williams
  • Nik Cox
  • Archie Perkins
  • John Patton
  • Lachlan Wilmott
  • John Quinn
  • Robert Harvey
  • Alex Natera
  • Mark Mcgrath
  • Tom Scully
  • Ross Lyon
  • David Read
  • Ben Rutten
  • Callan Ward
  • Troy Simmonds
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Michael Jordan
  • Bruce Lee
  • Shane Richardson

Connect: https://www.instagram.com/dylanshiel/

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Episode 80 – Michael Rischitelli

Welcome back to the Prepare as a pro Live chats show. Tonight we have Michael Rischitelli. Rischitelli played for the Western Jets before beginning his AFL career. He showed great promise and potential playing for the Western junior sides. He was the Lions’ fifth and eventual final pick in the 2003 AFL Draft and was the number 61 draft pick overall. Michael is also a level 2 AFL coach and is co-founder of a business called Playrpath.

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:00  What influenced Michael to pursue a footy career
  • 01:12  How his sessions with his dietician looked like when he started footy
  • 02:14  His favorite recovery and how his training sessions before a game looks like
  • 03:48  How training coaches and dieticians helped his career
  • 05:16  Difference with program & training sessions between Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Sun
  • 06:30  Michael’s fave tv series or movie

People mentioned:

  • Leigh Matthews
  • Sam Coen
  • Simone Austin
  • Garry Ablett
  • Nigel Lappin
  • Simon Black
  • Justin Lepppitsch 
  • Michael Voss 

Connect Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michael_rischitelli/

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The Legendary Australian Rules Footballer, Anthony Koutoufides

Anthony Koutoufides rose to incredible prominence while playing for the Carlton Football Club. He is regarded by fans and pundits alike as one of the most potent and finest players of all time, owing to the versatility that allowed him to play every position. Koutoufides was in a class on his own, so much so that he was frequently called the prototype of the modern footballer.

Apart from his sporting greatness, Koutoufides has also made a name for himself, becoming an Australian celebrity and making several appearances on television shows. His most notable stints were in the Australian television series “Gladiators” where he played the character “Kouta,” and Australia’s version of “Dancing with the Stars,” which he won in 2006.

Playing Career

Koutoufides joined Carlton in 1990 after being recruited from Lalor. He played 50 games in the reserve squad, where he was named the best and fairest player in the league in 1991. In 1992, he began his AFL career with the Carlton FC. He rapidly proved himself to be one of the most dynamic and athletic players ever to play the sport. With a solid mark, a beautiful kick, and a hard-running style, the former state under-16 high jump champion, who excelled in the 110m hurdles and the discus, decided to transfer from track and field athletics to Australian rules football.

Throughout the early to mid-1990s, Koutoufides’ prominence rose, and by 1995, he had distinguished himself as a dominant player in the game. Highly regarded for his powerful mark and his extraordinary one-handed proficiency at stoppages, Koutoufides was more skilled than any other player in the league at plucking the ball up off the ground with one hand and then swinging that arm over opponents to set up clearing handpasses than any other player in the league. He was a member of Carlton’s 1995 premiership team and was named to the All-Australian team.

Koutoufides reached the pinnacle of his career in 2000, his most remarkable season. He appeared in 20 games, averaged 26 disposals, more than six marks, and almost two goals per game. In Round 8, he had a career-high 39 disposals against Sydney. He was the clear frontrunner for the Brownlow Medal before suffering a knee injury (torn posterior cruciate ligament) in front of 91,000 fans in Round 20 against Essendon. 

He was the clear frontrunner for the Brownlow Medal before suffering a knee injury (torn posterior cruciate ligament) in front of 91,000 fans in Round 20 against Essendon.  He’d also miss out on Carlton’s best and fairest, which Brett Ratten and Scott Camporeale. Still, he’d win the highly regarded AFLPA MVP Award (now known as the Leigh Matthews Trophy) and was named to the All-Australian team for the second time. His knee injury, though, would keep him out of the International Rules series.

Koutoufides’ recovered from his knee injury before the start of the 2001 season. He went on to earn his first club best and fairest award. However, he suffered another knee injury in the semi-final versus Richmond, this time a severe ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). He didn’t play again until Round 15 in 2002, and he only played three games that year, all while wearing a custom-made brace. For the next few years, Koutoufides’ jumping ability was significantly undermined. 

Koutoufides was named captain of the squad in 2004 after Andrew McKay retired, a role he retained until 2006. Koutoufides won his second best and fairest award as captain in 2005. He was once again a major component in Carlton’s midfield. 

Retirement From Illustrious Career

On July 31, 2007, Koutoufides announced his departure from AFL football. The choice was reached after a hip injury he sustained against St Kilda in Round 17 of 2007 was more severe than initially thought. Before the match against Collingwood in Round 18, 2007, he received a lap of honor and a standing ovation from the Carlton players and spectators. Koutoufides is Carlton’s all-time leading scorer with 278 games played. 

Koutoufides was a member of the century’s Italian and Greek teams, the latter of which he was nominated vice-captain. He is a Carlton Football Club life member. He is also a life member of the AFL, participating in 305 games (278 regular-season games, 26 pre-season games, and 1 State of Origin game). He was admitted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Greatest Performances

Two particularly notable performances stand out in Koutoufides’ career. Koutoufides controlled the wing against West Coast in Round 5 of 1996 at Optus Oval. He had a career-high 18 marks, including the game-saving mark that kept the Blues in front by one point. For the Optus Oval farewell, it was entered into the “Memorable Moments” category. 

The second unforgettable performance of Koutoufides was his final quarter in the 1999 preliminary final against Essendon. Koutoufides went into the middle in the fourth quarter, drifting forward and back to finish with ten kicks and six marks, four clearances, three rebounds, and two goals, enabling the Blues to rally from an 11-point deficit to upset the heavily-favored Bombers by one point. Stephen Kernahan, a club icon (and later president), called the performance “the greatest quarter of football ever played.”

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Episode 71 – Anthony Koutoufides

Anthony Koutoufides is the Founder of Kouta Fit and a legend of the AFL game.

Timestamps:

  • 00:00  People who influenced his footy career
  • 01:10  How to improve your power and speed as an athlete
  • 01:51  How his sports psychologist helped his mental game
  • 02:57  How to relax before a big game 
  • 04:15  The most important skill as midfielder
  • 05:18  What his pre-game routine looks like
  • 06:00  Most important quality for a team captain

People mentioned :

  • Dennis Pagen
  • Paul Honey
  • Shane Watts
  • Greg Williams
  • David Parkin
  • Garry Mitchell
  • Anthony Stewart
  • Billy Brownless

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Website: https://www.lasersp.com.au/product-category/business/koutafit/

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Episode 66 – Sam Switkowski

Switta has had a strong impact since getting drafted as a mature age player. Sam has played over 30 games of AFL football all while managing some serious injury setbacks. Prior to Freo, Switta was a dominant forward in the VFL and was drafted from the Boxhill Hawks.

Timestamps:

00:00 Sam shares on how to improve your confidence as a footy player
00:54 People who influenced Sam’s footy career
01:44 Things Sam wished he knew when he was starting his career
02:39 Things Sam do mentally to improve his performance
03:38 What Sam’s day-to-day pre-season looks like and what he focuses on
04:45 How Freo helps him mentally and their advice on how to prepare for life after footy

People mentioned:

  • David Mirra
  • Ed Curnow
  • Matt Deboer
  • Sam Illes
  • Sam Gibson
  • Sam Collins
  • David Mundy
  • Marcos Bellos
  • Chris Newman
  • Sean Murphy

Connect with Sam: https://www.instagram.com/sam_switkowski/

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