Der­mott Br­ere­ton com­ing as guest at sports­man’s din­ner

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

AFL le­gend Der­mott Br­ere­ton will be host­ing a Sports­man’s Din­ner at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 15.

Hav­ing reg­u­larly daz­zled the crowds with his per­for­mances on the field, ‘Der­mie’ was also pos­si­bly the most booed foot­baller in his­tory thanks to his no­to­ri­ous acts as the ul­ti­mate vil­lain, at the cen­tre of mid-game brawls, wild melees and punch-ups.

None­the­less, the Hawthorn Hawks foot­baller proved he could play.

Per­haps the most mem­o­rable game of his ca­reer was the 1989 grand fi­nal against Gee­long. Sec­onds af­ter the start, Der­mott was cleaned up by a sav­age bump from Mark Yeates. Clearly con­cussed, he wob­bled his way back to his po­si­tion where it ap­peared un­likely he would be able to con­tinue. How­ever, just min­utes later, he marked and kicked an in­spi­ra­tional goal, fin­ish­ing the match and play­ing the game of his life with three bro­ken ribs.

In the course of Der­mott’s ca­reer, he kicked 464 goals dur­ing 211 games and five pre­mier­ships.

These days how­ever, he is now a pol­ished and ex­pe­ri­enced per­former on the speaker’s cir­cuit and in the me­dia, where he is well known for his role as a com­men­ta­tor on Fox­tel’s 24-hour AFL chan­nel, Fox Footy.

Reef Gate­way man­ager Craig Bradley said Der­mott was a sport­ing icon and an in­spi­ra­tional speaker, who was sure to en­ter­tain the crowd.

“It’s just good to bring some­one to town, who’s had a suc­cess­ful ca­reer and for peo­ple to be able to lis­ten to how he worked his way to the top,” he said.

“I’m pretty sure there will be some tales told and hope­fully peo­ple will take some­thing away from his philoso­phies in life.”

The event, which is a fundraiser for the Whit­sun­day Bald Ea­gles, starts at 6pm and in­cludes a two-course meal, live mu­sic by John An­der­son and a sport­ing mem­o­ra­bilia auc­tion.

The cost is $65 per in­di­vid­ual ticket or $60 per ticket in a ta­ble of eight.

LE­GEND: AFL le­gend Der­mott Br­ere­ton will be host­ing a Sports­man's Din­ner at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 15.

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