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The Mosquito Fleet
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Lachlan Waterman holds formal qualifications by Deakin University. Described as a footballer with infinite courage, his 24-year coaching odyssey around Australia included successful stints with East Fremantle in the Western Australian Football League (WAFL) and Coburg in the Victorian Football League (VFL). A gifted writer first recognised and published in the Footy Almanac, his first book - Kings of The Game - soon followed in 2016.

The Mosquito Fleet

By Lachlan Waterman

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ISBN: 9781922594488

In 2021 and 2022 Carlton celebrates the 40th anniversary of their back-to-back triumphs…the ones forgotten about…

1983 ended a golden era for Carlton, winning three premierships in four years. Two failed September campaigns followed, and premiership coach David Parkin was sacked. This was a disturbing trend as bloodthirsty presidents demanded success.

Months after taking Carlton to the mountain top, Captain Coach Alex
Jesaulenko was caught in the crossfire of a brutal political scuttle, supporting longtime friend and incumbent President George Harris.
Both men were replaced. A staunch disciplinarian, Jesaulenko was a revelation as a coach, losing only three matches for the season. The team is dubbed ‘The Mosquito Fleet’, a group of small, sublimely skilled players that ran the opposition off their feet.

In 2021 and 2022 Carlton celebrates the 40th anniversary of their back-to-back triumphs. When the discussion about dynasties and golden era’s, the Carlton sides from 1979 to 1982 rarely enter the conversation. The Blues won 78% of their matches and three titles in four seasons yet are often overlooked. Their breathtaking style of play and authenticity will long live in the memories of those who saw them play.

“A great yarn and era of classic Australian football…well told and researched by a talented author…cheers Lachlan for a bonza book on the blues…” 
Craig, Indiebook reviewer (& blues fan!)

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