Dermott Brereton coming as guest at sportsman’s dinner
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.