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When Michael O'Loughlin was drafted by the Sydney Swans at just 17 years of age, he was the no. 40 selection and the last player picked. Back then he could not have imagined the extraordinary future that awaited him: the numerous awards and accolades, the respect and admiration of fellow players, a huge number of personal supporters, and a record-breaking 303 games in the red and white.
This is the inspiring story of Michael's life from the childhood lessons of hard work and self-belief imparted to him by his mother, Muriel, to the discovery of the stunning sporting ability which would take him into the elite legions of AFL.
By 2009, Michael had broken the Swans' games record. He had kicked more goals for the club than anyone except the legendary Bob Pratt. He played more finals for the Swans than any other, and became one of just three Indigenous players in the history of the sport to reach 300 games.
Micky O is the extraordinary story of a kid who combined his talent with sheer determination to become one of the greatest AFL players of all time.
About the Author
Jim Main is a Walkley Award winning sports writer who has reported on the VFL/AFL scene for almost forty years and has also covered Test cricket, tennis, three Commonwealth Games and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He was The Australian's chief football writer for more than a decade, and is the author of more than sixty books on topics ranging from football to infamous Australian murder cases.
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 1st August 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.44