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Sometimes it is hard to find that perfect gift for those in the family who have everything. A good old fashioned book could be the answer to your problems! Here is a sample of what is on offer right now.

Journalist and country footy author Paul Daffey may have a heavy focus on the Mallee area in his latest book “The Totem Poles of Ouyen United”, but it also contains a visit to the Mid Gippsland Football League.

During the fourth section of the book, which is the largest, Paul does trips to Gippsland, specifically Boolarra, Mirboo North and Charlie Cauchi’s house in Morwell.

The final two chapters begin in response to a radio interview Paul did with Jason Limbrick, the great Nathalia forward, on the eve of the 2018 Murray league Grand Final. Jason was hoping to play in his eighth flag that weekend, a feat he duly achieved when the Purples defeated Barooga. Paul wondered whether many country footballers had played in eight premierships. Word came through from Omeo, at the foot of the ranges in East Gippsland, about the deeds of John Crisp, who had played in thirteen premiership teams — one with Wy Yung while he was doing a course in Bairnsdale and the rest with his home club.

Copies of The Totem Poles of Ouyen United are available to order directly through Paul and cost $30 each plus postage. Anyone interested can contact Paul via email at pauldaffey27@gmail.com. Other country footy books written by Paul such as “Behind The Goals”, ” Local Rites” and “Beyond The Big Sticks” are also available.

Author and radio co-host Dan Eddy is local to South Gippsland. Currently residing in Leongatha, Dan’s tomes have a heavy focus on AFL stars of yesteryear and one of his most recent offering Larrikins & Legends is no different.

That Carlton team that I walked into in 1981, and went on to coach in two of the three premierships that they won over a four-year period, have not been recognised for the quality of team that they were; certainly not in comparison to the Brisbane, Hawthorns and Geelongs. They should go down, but don’t go down, as one of the greatest teams over a period of four years, yet no one talks about them. That was the most talented group of footballers I think I’ve ever seen in one team; they had everything. They were a bunch of wild buggers, but they worked extremely hard.” – David Parkin OAM (Carlton coach 1981-85, 1991-2000), February 2015

They were certainly a ragtag bunch men and they partied hard. But boy, could they play footy. In fact, over a four-year period, the team fielded by Carlton would win three premierships – winning 76 of its 98 matches for a winning percentage of 78 per cent – a feat which should surely rank the side next the modern-day powerhouses, The Brisbane Lions (2001-2004), Geelong (2007-2011) and Hawthorn (2012-2015) .

Remarkably, despite such outstanding successes, the Boys in Blue, as Parkin noted with his usual enthusiasm, are seldom mentioned when debate rages over who is the greatest football team in VFL/AFL history. Why is the side, which includes the likes of Mike Fitzpatrick, Rod Ashman, Peter Bosustow, Jim Buckley, Bruce Doull, Wayne Harmes, Ken Hunter, Wayne Johnston, Percy Jones, Mark Maclure, David McKay, Ken Sheldon, Geoff Southby and, of course, Alex Jesaulenko not included in the debate?

Author, Dan Eddy suggests that this is the greatest group of football’s forgotten champions. In this wonderful book, he sets the record straight.”

Copies of Larrikins & Legends are available to purchase online. Other footy books written by Dan such as “The Shinboners”, “Champions: Conversations with Great Players and Coaches of Australian Football” and “Always Striving” are also available through Dan Eddy Books.

Another Leongatha local, journalist and author Matt Dunn went down the fiction road with his novel. 

“When life, love and premiership glory are all on the line…Red Time has suddenly taken on greater significance for nomadic country footballer, Mick Stewart.While those final moments of the game have always been important for the renowned goal kicker, the stakes are even higher this time―with love, redemption and a missing woman’s life all on the line.With the clock ticking down to zero and everything at stake, will Mick finally find the road to lasting glory or just another dead end?”

Copies of Red Time are available to purchase online at Feather Knight Books or you can contact Matt through his Facebook page Author Matt Dunn.


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