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Neil Balme     | Cricket Web

Published: 2022
Pages: 324
Author: Cameron, Anson
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Rating: 4 stars

This is a surprising in-depth look at a football (Australian Rules Football) icon. Where some sporting biographies simply provide highlights of their subject, supported by a few stats, author Anson Cameron delves into the complicated personality of his subject. What we discover is a complicated, intelligent, caring and thoughtful man. This is far removed from what most would know of Neil Balme.

I first became familiar with Balme when he was coach of the Melbourne Football Club in the mid ‘90s. Every time he appeared on the tele, my father would say, ‘he was a thug when he played’. I think my father enjoyed the fact that Balme had a…

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