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Ross Lyon has revealed one of his best sprays during his time as an AFL coach — and Dockers legend Matthew Pavlich bore the brunt of it.
Widely regarded as one of the best coaches to never win a premiership, Lyon spent 305 games as senior coach across St Kilda and Fremantle.
For Lyon, it was a back-and-forth with Freo star Pavlich that stood out as the greatest bake he’d given as coach.
“I think we were playing the Gold Coast 2012 and they’d hardly won a game in that period when they were just starting out. At half-time we were down, so I thought ‘I’ll start at the top’,” he told AFL Media.
“So I looked at Pav (Matthew Pavlich) and I said: ‘Mate, you look pristine.’
[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”12814″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]“I said: ‘Mate, you’re pristine, look at ya!’ A few adjectives (then): ‘Not a bead of sweat on ya, jumper’s immaculate, socks up, tucked in.’
“You know, I went on a bit and you could see all the other players going on: ‘He’s hitting up Pav’
“I said: ‘How about you dig in?’ And Pav, to his credit, just went ‘yep, yep, yep’.
“And they went out and I felt sick and I think we won by a kick.”
Lyon, however, then revealed an unexpected twist relating to Pavlich’s appearance.
“Then ‘Bondy ‘(Chris Bond) the footy operations manager came up afterwards and he goes: ‘You know Pav had a shower and changed and dressed at half-time!’” Lyon said.
Upon being reminded of the spray on social media, Pavlich simply tweeted: “Ross the Boss.”[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_separator color=”blue” style=”shadow” border_width=”10″][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]