Alastair Clarkson in heartbreaking TV moment as Bondi victim revealed as AFL great's daughter

The North Melbourne coach has been deeply affected by the situation.

North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson broke down in tears on Sunday while paying tribute to Bondi stabbing victim Ashlee Good after it was revealed she is the daughter of club great Kerry Good. The Kangaroos confirmed on Sunday morning that Ashlee is the daughter of Kerry Good, who played 74 games for North Melbourne and previously served on the board.

“It’s shocking for our club and in particular for the family,” Clarkson said in an interview with Fox Footy before North Melbourne's clash with Geelong on Sunday afternoon. “Kerry’s been a significant part of our club for a long time."

Alastair Clarkson and Ashlee Good.
Alastair Clarkson broke down in response to Ashlee Good's death and called for change. Image: Instagram/Fox Footy

Clarkson fought back tears and became emotional as he spoke about the fact Ashlee's nine-month-old daughter, who is still in hospital, has lost her mum. "It’s just so sad. That beautiful girl ... she’s not going to have a mum," he continued. "Breaks our hearts."

The veteran AFL coach said the tragedy should be a wake-up call for the country. "Even more, it’s just humanity. This is happening in our country," he added. “We’re going to get the same excuse. Drugs and alcohol. We’ve got to do something about it. There’s got to be a time where it just stops.

“The strange part about it is you get to the next day these boys get to do what they love and that’s been denied to Ashlee and five other families. Now we have a game of footy that we have to play. Our hearts are pretty low today.”

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North Melbourne president Dr Sonja Hood said on Sunday: “Like all Australians, we were horrified to see the awful details coming out of Sydney on Saturday. To learn later that Ashlee and her daughter were victims in this tragedy really brings something like this close to home.

“Our thoughts and condolences go to all those impacted by the awful events, especially to Ashlee’s partner Daniel Flanagan, Kerry and Dian, Ashlee’s mother Denise, and Ashlee’s extended family and friends. Kerry and his family are incredibly important people in our club’s history and we offer them our love and support through what is an unimaginably difficult time.”

Alastair Clarkson.
Alastair Clarkson was in tears as he sent a powerful message after the tragedy. Image: Fox Footy


AFL CEO Andrew Dillon said in a statement of his own: “I know so many people who know Kerry and the family are hurting and the football world is united in its sympathy for the Good family and the many people across our North Melbourne and football community and the wider community who have been affected by this attack. You shudder when you hear the news on Saturday and find it hard to comprehend that an activity that is so normal and so common to every Australian family, could end so tragically. As a football person I know everyone across the football family will join the North Melbourne Football Club and their supporters in offering our condolences to all impacted by Saturday’s attack, particularly Ashlee’s partner Daniel Flanagan, Kerry and Dian, Ashlee’s mother Denise, and Ashlee’s extended family and friends.”

Former AFL player Steve Febey knew Ashlee Good personally

Former Melbourne Demons player Steve Febey knew Ashlee personally and paid tribute to his friend. “Words fail me, absolutely shattered and can’t comprehend how this could happen to the most amazing, beautiful and caring human,” Febey wrote on social media. “I will always cherish our friendship and the great times we shared. Love ya forever Ash.”

Ashlee's family have remembered her as a "beautiful mother, daughter, sister, partner, friend" and an "all-round outstanding human". They said in a statement: “Today we are reeling from the terrible loss of Ashlee...We appreciate the well wishes and thoughts of members of the Australian public who have expressed an outpouring of love for Ashlee and our baby girl."