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Episode 195 - Mark O'Neill

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In this podcast

2:00 - Welcome Mark O'Neill

2:58 - How he got the nickname "Buckets"

3:59 - Reflection on life and footy

4:55 - The O'Neill family background

6:00 - The beauty of the orange Balmain Tigers jersey

6:36 - What his parents did for work

8:43 - Footy and transferable skills

10:06 - When he started playing rugby league

12:24 - Developing through the grades and how he got picked up by the Tigers

14:05 - All three grades training together on a Tuesday night

15:00 - Where he picked up his defensive skills

16:13 - Alan Jones

20:15 - Mixing with Tigers Legends and the standards they set

21:50 - The love of the Kangaroo Tour

24:49 - Warming the bench for first grade

26:16 - Playing in the first junior Kangaroos team in 1994

27:53 - Choosing between ARL and Super League

29:40 - Learning from the Great Ellery Hanley

31:41 - What he felt like playing during the Super League war

33:33 - When he started to embrace leadership in his career

36:10 - Leadership on the field and in the office

37:30 - Keys to good leadership

38:40 - Education and learning

40:55 - Leaders amongst the 2005 premiership winning Tigers

42:46 - How he found out about the merger between Wests and Balmain

44:58 - Early days of the merger

46:05 - Laurie Nichols

46:57 - Dealing with his wife having breast cancer

50:30 - Fatherhood

53:31 - Benji Marshall

55:13 - How they developed into a premiership winning team

58:00 - How he stayed motivated during 11 years without playing finals

58:45 - Why preparation is key

1:02:09 - The tole from the incident with Danny Williams

1:04:44 - How he lost the Tigers captaincy during 2005

1:06:40 - Leading without the captaincy

1:07:24 - When he decided that 2005 was going to be his last year

1:08:40 - Ben Galea and the goal to make the top four

1:09:59 - The bet that won Ben Galea a bucks party

1:13:11 - How he felt going into his first ever finals series in 2005

1:14:42 - Is there a role for the captain when the opposition scores

1:16:52 - The miracle of Pat Richards

1:18:36 - The Cinderella finish to his career

1:23:00 - What made the Tigers 2005 premiership team so different

1:25:25 - Insights into his role as Parramatta Eels General Manager of Football

1:34:55 - Player back in the day he would of loved to have played with

1:36:29 - Player of today he would loved to have played with

1:38:20 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party


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Mark O'Neill is a former professional rugby league player who played 223 first grade games in the NRL for the Balmain Tigers

and Wests Tigers where he won a premiership with the Tigers in 2005. He also played in England for 2 seasons for 28 first grade games for the Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR. Post footy, Mark is the General Manager of Football at the Parramatta Eels after several years working for the NRL.

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