Axing of Giants captain explained in Amazon Prime’s AFL documentary
The events that led up to the stunning axing of Giants captain Stephen Coniglio are revealed in Amazon Prime's Making Their Mark doco.
In an AFL season unlike any other due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the biggest storylines of 2020 was Giants coach Leon Cameron's decision to drop young GWS captain Stephen Coniglio.
Captains are generally put on a pedestal in professional sport and considered almost untouchable when it comes to team selection. It's extremely rare for a skipper to get dropped based on form in the AFL.
But it was a call Cameron made for the penultimate round of the 2020 season when the Giants were desperately trying to secure a play-off position. And it all unfolded in front of the Amazon Prime Video cameras and microphones.
To create Making Their Mark, a seven-part documentary which launches on streaming platform Amazon Prime on 12 March, producers were given extraordinary access to players, coaches and officials at a range of clubs.
They were there to film Cameron's reactions to Coniglio's poor form in a loss to last-placed Adelaide that was the final straw for the GWS coach. The cameras were also rolling as Cameron broke the news to his skipper, along with a number of ensuing reactions.
It's a captivating sequence in a documentary series that also exposes Richmond's handling of a number of off-field incidents. Accusations of indecent acts in the Tigers' dressing room plus the quarantine breach of two players at a Gold Coast strip club are among the issues examined. You can binge watch it all for no cost using Amazon Prime's 30-day free trial.
Viewers are given never-before-seen access to elements such as Richmond board meetings involving chief executive Brendan Gale and club president Peggy O'Neal. Carlton veteran Eddie Betts, West Coast's superstar ruckman Nic Naitanui and Crows skipper Rory Sloane are also key subjects of the series.