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Update on Buckley / O’Donnell visit

Posted by Vietnam Swans on March 3, 2010

Nathan Buckley

Nathan Buckley and Gary O’Donnell will attend a Swannies training session / footy clinic on Sunday 14 March from 5 – 6pm, RMIT, D7, in Saigon.

It will be a great privilege to meet these champions over here in Vietnam – and, while in their company, stand justifiably tall with respect to our Club’s achievements and the events we are planning in 2010.

Bucks played 20 games for the Brisbane Bears and 263 for Collingwood. He became Captain in 1999 and would regularly get leather poisoning. In 2001, he picked up a lazy 46 possessions in Round 2 which was a record in its day. While he missed out on that elusive AFL Premiership, he collected all the individual honours such as the Norm Smith Medal in 2002 (which he removed as he descended from the dais), the Brownlow Medal in 2003 and a swag of Copeland Trophies.

Buckley is also the Collingwood Coach in waiting. For two years, he will serve as Micky Malthouse’s apprentice and then, in 2012, he will take the reins.

O’Donnell played 243 games for Essendon between 1987 and 1998. In 1997 and 1998 he was Essendon’s captain. In 1993, when Essendon won the Premiership, O’Donnell won the Club’s Best and Fairest.

After retiring, he moved to the Brisbane Bears as an Assistant Coach. While there, Brisbane dominated and won the premiership for three consecutive years between 2001 and 2003 – two of which were against, Nathan Buckley’s Magpies… (a game man to sit next to Nathan on that long flight from Australia!)

In 2005, O’Donnell returned to Bomberland where he was Kevin Sheedy’s Assistant Coach. However, when Sheedy’s time finished at the end of 2007, it was Matthew Knights who took the helm.

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