Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rocket Science - The Biography of Rodney Eade (Kevin Hillier)

Rocket Science - The Biography of Rodney Eade
Kevin Hillier

Blurb: 'He's a lunatic.'

'He's got some stupidity about him.'

'He's a great tactician and strategist.'

'He's a saint.'

'He's very sharp.'

'He grabs his crutch too much.'

Political leader? Stand-up comic? Corporate heavyweight?

None of the above. He is Rodney Eade - AFL player and coach, and a man with a story to tell.

Rodney 'Rocket' Eade is an interesting character. One minute he is on national television screaming irrationally at one of his players, the next he is sitting with supporters before a game calmly having a chat.

He has ridden an incredible football rollercoaster and the ride was not for the faint-hearted. From Premiership success in his first season as a player, to the rumour and innuendo regarding his premature exit from Sydney to a new beginning at the Western Bulldogs. The boy from Glenorchy came to the Hawks in 1976 with littler expectation but has become one of football's most colourful characters. He might have played in the shadows of Dunstall, Dermie and Dipper but he has emerged as a genuine innovator of the game, a deep thinker and a revered figure in football.

Rocket Science uncovers the real Rodney Eade, what his friends and foes say about him, plus his thoughts on the game - past, present and future. The success and failure, the characters, the politics behind the game and the best players he has played with or coached in a career spanning more than three decades.

Football legends Parkin, Kelly, Schwab, Brereton, Jeans, Dunstall, Judge, DiPierdomenico and Johnson - to name a few - talk about the man, the player, and the coach they know as Rocket.

ISBN: 9781405038669 (Paperback)
Year: 2008
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Pages: 184 (Non-Fiction)


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