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TOP 'LA' PLAYERS

Each club has its "super competitive" types who "hate to lose" ... at anything! Elite footballers are loss averse by definition – since you have to be a competitive beast to get to the top in most sports – but some will clearly "die for the jumper" and whose pride forces them to throw themselves furiously into the game when a loss looms. They are driven individuals – and you love to have them on your side. Here are our nominations for the most consistently loss-averse players and coaches:
ADELAIDE
Scott Thompson
BRISBANE LIONS
Jonathan Brown
CARLTON
Chris Judd
COLLINGWOOD
Nick Maxwell, Luke Ball, Nathan Buckley
ESSENDON
Heath Hocking
FREMANTLE
Adam McPhee
GEELONG
Matthew Scarlett, Paul Chapman, Joel Selwood etc.
GOLD COAST
Campbell Brown
HAWTHORN
Luke Hodge
MELBOURNE
No-one comes to mind!
NORTH MELBOURNE
Brent Harvey?
PORT ADELAIDE
None in 2011
RICHMOND
Jake King
ST KILDA
Lenny Hayes
SYDNEY
Jude Bolton
WEST COAST EAGLES
The Selwood boys
WESTERN BULLDOGS
Matthew Boyd

Who is most loss-averse in the AFL?

Who are the most loss-averse individuals in the game?
Well, we’re talking matters of degree here, because almost by definition footballers are competitive souls – they already are driven, motivated individuals who express themselves through their sporting prowess.
Some, though, have reputations for being super competitors. They are the ones who their coaches will say – and who say of themselves – “hate losing”.
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1. THE CATS
Inspired by a humiliating defeat at the hands of Collingwood in the 2010 preliminary final – a loss that drove Geelong to every greater heights in the 2011 pre-season. This was helped along by a change of coach, as Bomber Thompson had achieved his premierships and reached a point of not caring enough to maintain his own motivation. The Cats' loss-averse nature has been demonstrated clearly in their refusal to be beaten by Hawthorn since their shock loss in the 2008 Grand Final (now a record streak for any beaten grand finalist against its conqueror). The Cats have an old, proud list and want to maintain their status in the football world. It will be extremely hard to take that off them.

2. ROSS LYON
The former Saints now suddenly Fremantle coach admits he is relentless and demanding. He does not do defeat well. It makes him hard to work with, so those around him (staff and players) are prone to burnout. But he will always be in demand until he achieves the ultimate and his hatred of losing is eventually sated by achieving the ultimate (probably several times over!).

3. MICK MALTHOUSE OR NATHAN BUCKLEY?
The Magpie coach is renowned for getting his players “up” and for having them perform on the big stage. He also is a proud man and invariably bristles at any challenge to his authority (eg. journalists asking questions containing a loaded criticism). Mick doesn’t like losing at anything! his understudy, Nathan Buckley, maybe even more loss-averse however. Remember him immediately taking off his Norm Smith Medal after the 2002 Grand Final in disgust at having not won the ultimate prize? A read of his autobiography reveals a highly competitive character driven to succeed (or, more accurately, not to fail).

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