In order to get more accurate results, our search has the following Google-Type search functionality:
If you use '+' in front of a word, then that word will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
If you use '-' in front of a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between two words, then both of those words will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'OR' between two words, then bth of those words may or may not be present in the search results.
ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
Placing '""' around words will perform a phrase search. The search results will contain those words in that order.
ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
When Richmond won the 2017 AFL premiership, thousands celebrated the return to glory of one of the games oldest and most successful clubs.
But outside of the suburb of Richmond - who cares?
Megalogenis is a Richmond nut, but he's also the foremost interpreter of our national narrative. In Richmond's victory, he argues, we can understand our past, diagnose some of the ills of the present, and see a path towards our future.
Football is more than a game, it's Australia's bellwether. It tells us more about ourselves than any other institution in the land. Richmond has more members than the federal Labor and Liberal parties combined. As many people are members of AFL clubs as are members of private sector unions. The AFL is one of the biggest, richest and most influential organisations in our culture, expected to take a leading stand on racism, depression, marriage equality, domestic violence. At a time when politics is increasingly conducted like a sport - full of one-eyed supporters and captain's calls - sport has been filling the vacuum left by the loss of respect for parliament, media and the church.
Megalogenis tells a characteristically sweeping, revealing story about how Australian Rules contains the DNA of the gold-rush prosperity in which it was conceived; came of age in the depression that followed, spawning the world's first mega-rivalry (Richmond/Collingwood); absorbed the changes immigration brought after World War II; and became the mega-business it is now. And Richmond is the key to it all - by revising its leadership structures, and by embracing diversity, it points to the solution to our national impasse.