Rob Dickfos rounds out the SEQAFL 60 Secs series.
Rob Dickfos is a pretty well-known name around footy in Queensland.
There are not too many places in which Dickfos has not been involved in Brisbane’s north.
After a 220 game career with Zillmere and Aspley, Dickfos had a stint with Claremont in WA in 1985 and then returned to Queensland.
His coaching career has been extensive in Queensland, with spells at Aspley, Northern Eagles, Mayne and junior development at Zillmere, Kedron and Redcliffe.
Dickfos’ contribution to Queensland footy was recognised with his induction into the AFLQ Hall of Fame.
Over his time coaching, Dickfos said there were two moments that stuck out to him.
One was coaching Mayne from a 45-point three-quarter time deficit to a win.
The other came in his comeback as a playing coach at 40 years old, when he kicked the winning goal for the Tigers against Labrador.
Click above to see Rob Dickos’ SEQAFL 60 Secs vid.
In his first season as Sandgate senior coach, Dickfos moved swiftly to change the Hawks’ culture and the external perception of the club.
As part of this, the AFLQ hall of famer has focused on developing a team-first attitude throughout the club, particularly on match day.
“It’s about time management and taking into consideration the jobs that have to be done and the volunteers that do them.”
“Game day is not just about me and the players need to have the same view (about them).”
It is all part of his philosophy of action rather than conversation, something that he counts as his main coaching strength.
He is quite happy to ride the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with watching, and coaching, a footy game.
In fact, it’s what he likes best about footy, along with the camaraderie and winning.
One of the major themes of his approach is ensuring that everyone in the club is accountable and takes responsibility for their actions.
Despite being a disciplinarian in his coaching approach, Dickfos describes himself as a “big marshmallow” away from footy.
He’s a family man, and it was his sons’ involvement with the Hawks that drew him back to the club this season.
Corbin and Jackson Dickfos both play for the Hawks and when Dickfos is not actually at the club, he spends most of his time chatting about the game to them.