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April 2014


CFormat Paperback






253 x 0 x 154 mm


410 g

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Playing to Win

Playing to Win is an insider’s view of how the Hawthorn Football Club won its 11th premiership in 2013 and, in the process, established itself as Australia’s most successful football club over the past 60 years. From an unexpected flag in 2008 to redemption in 2013, Playing to Win captures the memorable moments that enrich this club’s already colourful history—a history that began as the perennial easy-beats of the competition.

Award-winning author Michael Gordon takes the reader inside the private meetings at the key moments during the highs and lows of a five-year journey, offering extraordinary insights into the pressures and realities of elite professional sport. Based on unparalleled access and frank interviews with all the key figures, including Alastair Clarkson, Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Jarryd Roughead and many more players and coaches, Playing to Win reveals how the ‘Kennett Curse’ was overcome; how Jeff Kennett considered dropping the coach to the VFL in 2010; and the coach's formula for transforming his players when they crossed 'the white line' in the 2013 Preliminary Final against Geelong.

Playing to Win is compulsory reading for anyone who wants to understand how successful organisations work together to create a winning culture.


Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is political editor at The Age and has written biographies of surfer Layne Beachley and former prime minister Paul Keating, a history of Bells Beach, and (with his father Harry Gordon) One for All, the story of the Hawthorn Football Club. A Walkley Award winner, he has also won the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year (in 2005).


The Tasmanian Times

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The Examiner

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The Wangaratta Chronicle

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The Age

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The West Australian

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Hawthorn Football Club

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The Age

Read a review of Playing to Win that appeared in The Age

The Age

Read about the Playing to Win launch in The Age Wednesday, 19 February

Hawthorn Football Club

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The Sunday Age

Read a second extract from Playing to Win that appeared in The Sunday Age on Sunday 16 February

The Age

Read an extract from Playing to Win that appeared in The Age on Saturday, 15 February.

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