Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Gil Griffin

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Jumping at the Chance: The Pioneering Players of the AFL’s American Experiment (Schwartz Publishing – Forthcoming in 2016!)

 

REVIEWS

For JUMPING AT THE CHANCE

“Gil Griffin has more passion for Australian Rules football and those who play, coach, live and breathe it than people who have grown up surrounded by it. He has been there for every step of the ‘American Experiment’, and his care and respect for his subjects comes through in his writing. The AFL will be an even more exciting sport if he is following them for many years to come.”

—Emma Quayle, award-winning sportswriter for Melbourne newspaper, The Age and author of the books, The Draft: Inside the AFL’s Search for Talent and The Draftees: How Five Boys Made it to the Australian Football League National Draft

“Australian Rules is the game played by all Australians, and may derive in part from the Indigenous Australian game of Marngrook. But our African-American brothers have the skills and athleticism to make our game theirs too. Gil Griffin has told the remarkable story of the first American athletes – a number of them African-American – to come to Australia and play in our top leagues. It won’t be long until the floodgates open and more US athletes take up this great game. Nothing would be more exciting than seeing an African-American, as captain of an AFL team, holding the Premiership Cup aloft after a Grand Final at the famous MCG.”

—Grant Hansen, creator and host of Australia’s National Indigenous Television network program, “The Marngrook Footy Show”

“It is important for Australian football supporters to understand the few key developments in our game over the years that have made a significant contribution to the way the game has developed. This book describes in vivid detail the pioneering days of one such major developmental change to our game, which saw the influx of international athletes from a range of different sporting backgrounds. These athletes added a new dimension to our game, introducing new skills, a move that today seems such a logical and natural development.”

—Ross Oakley, Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee, former Chief Executive Officer, Australian Football League (1986-1996), author of the book, The Phoenix Rises: The Amazing Story of the Salvation of Australian Football

“Gil’s knowledge and passion for the game is clearly evident as he expertly articulates the stories of those American athletes brave enough to tackle Australia’s national game. . .I highly recommend JUMPING AT THE CHANCE to anyone who loves sports, anyone who likes to be inspired and to anyone who has dreamt of going ‘all in’ in the pursuit of their dream.”

–Peter Bell, Australian Football Hall of Fame inducted player, radio play-by-play voice of the Australian Football League’s Fremantle Dockers

“An extremely insightful piece written by a true believer in US athletes playing Australian Rules football, the toughest game in the world. A must-read for any genuine sports fan.”

—Michael Ablett, Australian Football League Academies Development Manager