Mark Thompson to present coaches medal at AFL grand final

Controversial AFL figure Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson will present the Jock McHale Medal to the premiership-winning coach on grand final day, outgoing AFL CEO Gill McLachlan announced on Monday.

Speaking at the launch of the 2023 finals series, McLachlan said that Thompson had accepted the AFL’s invitation to present the prestigious award on the last day of September.

”Mark has a long list of accolades in his career as a player and then as a coach, including winning three premierships as a player for Essendon along with being selected as a two-time All-Australian, both as a player in 1986 and 1990 and as a coach in 2007 and 2009,” he told media.

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“We are really thrilled that Mark has accepted our offer.”

Thompson led Geelong to premiership glory in 2007 and 2009 before returning to Essendon as a senior assistant coach in November 2010. He was sacked at the end of 2014 following the club’s supplements saga.

The 59-year-old was later arrested and charged with drug-related offences following police raids on his Port Melbourne home in 2018.

He was charged with seven counts of drug trafficking and possession but was later cleared of drug trafficking charges. He was fined $3000 for drug possession and sentenced to a 12-month community corrections order.




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