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Friday, February 15, 2019

Fremantle Dockers champion Paul Hasleby reveals stunning story about then coach Damian Drum

Imagine going into a season already conceding defeat in certain matches.
That’s exactly what former Fremantle coach Damian Drum did, according to club legend Paul Hasleby.
Hasleby revealed a stunning story about his then coach from his first year at the club.
It was the pre-season of 2000 and a fresh-faced Hasleby, drafted with pick two in the 1999 national draft, was yet to play a game for the Dockers.
Drum, whose short AFL coaching career yielded a poor return of 13 wins from 53 matches, wrote on a whiteboard the games he thought the team could win, the ones they wouldn’t win and the ones which would decide their finals fate.
“We used to go through all the games prior to the season we would actually group them into the ones we thought we could win, ones that we thought we’re probably not going to win and then ones that we thought if we win them, we’re going to play finals,” Hasleby said on 6PR.
West Coast premiership player and Hasleby’s Sportsday WA co-host Karl Langdon was “astounded” by the story, initially thinking it was made up.
“Seriously? Now I know why he got the sack,” Langdon replied.
Unsurprisingly, Fremantle finished 12th that season with a 8-14 record, four wins out of the top-eight.
Drum, now in federal politics, lasted less than three seasons as coach of the Dockers.
He was sacked after a nine-game losing streak to start the 2001 season, replaced by inaugural club captain Ben Allan.
Hasleby had a much more successful career, playing 208 matches, winning the 2000 AFL Rising Star award, two Geoff Christian Medals and four Ross Glendinning Medals.