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Clarko v Woosha

Ebony's Story A candid Ebony Nixon speaks about the excitement of winning a premiership and the challenges that followed,

There is no coach Alastair Clarkson has come up against more in home and away seasons than John Worsfold.

Clarkson and Worsfold have gone head-to-head on 18 occasions as coaches, four times with Worsfold at Essendon and 14 in his time with West Coast.

The Hawthorn coach owns a slight ascendancy against Worsfold, successful in 11 of their 18 meetings at a winning rate of 61.1 per cent.

But, interestingly, the pair are yet to have an encounter in a finals game, despite 13 seasons worth of opportunities.

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Of course, Woosha and Clarko’s history extends beyond their coaching tenures. 

The two met on the field eight times throughout their playing days, for a record of four wins apiece.

Clarkson’s two best performances as a player came against Worsfold and the Eagles, gathering 36 touches and a goal in Round 6 1996 and 32 disposals and a goal in Round 5 1997.

But it is from the coaches’ box that both of these premiership coaches have made their names.

With his 19th clash with Worsfold this Friday night, it will match the number of times Clarkson has gone up against John Longmire and sit just one game short of his most common coaching opponent, Chris Scott, who he has schemed against 20 times.

 
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