Episode 5: Dyson Heppell — Essendon

Dyson Heppell has faced plenty of challenges, both as a player and as a captain. He was suspended as part of the infamous Essendon supplements scandal, and took over as skipper as the banned players returned and the club tried to return to normalcy.

In episode five of the Captain’s Call podcast, Dyson talks about the impact of the scandal (10:07) and taking over as captain from Jobe Watson (18:15), as well as his strong relationships with some of his rivals (21:07). He also winds back the clock with some stories from his country upbringing in Leongatha (47:06).

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Episode 4: Shannon Hurn — West Coast Eagles

Shannon Hurn often flies under the radar of football fans, but the Eagles captain is put in the spotlight for episode two of the Captain’s Call podcast.

Speaking with AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh, Hurn talks about his early years at a club in turmoil (5:56), his development from then to now and the challenges of leading a diverse group of teammates (19:35).

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Episode 3: Jack Ziebell — North Melbourne

North Melbourne are the surprise packet of 2018, and captain Jack Ziebell continues to lead from the front and personify the famous ‘Shinboner Spirit.’

Before the season began, Ziebell joined AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh to talk about leadership and captaincy in today’s AFL. From the success of multiple preliminary finals to the sudden rebuild that followed, Ziebell has seen firsthand how a football club and its players can evolve. Ziebell discusses growing up in Wodonga (1:30), the emotions of losing multiple preliminary finals (6:38) and the famous ‘Shinboner Spirit’ and helping players buy into it (29:20).

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Episode 2: Easton Wood — Western Bulldogs

Easton Wood captained a premiership before he was even a full-time captain. Now leading an inexperienced Bulldogs side, he joins AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh to talk about football, leadership and more.

He opens up about that whirlwind 2016 season and standing in as captain (2:58), as well as the influences of beloved Bulldogs heroes Bob Murphy and coach Luke Beveridge. He also discusses the importance of leadership groups (40:05).

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Episode 1: Nat Fyfe — Fremantle

In the first episode of the Captain’s Call podcast, Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe joins AFL Players’ Association CEO Paul Marsh to discuss the ups and downs of his time with the Dockers.

From the heartbreak of the 2013 Grand Final loss and contemplating moving away from the game (2:08), to captaining his club and winning a Brownlow Medal (13:47), Fyfe has seen it all during his decorated career. He talks about those experiences as a player and lessons learned from his first year as captain.

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