Br­ere­ton a hit with lo­cal footy fans

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - By Ro­han O’Neil

AFL fans were thrilled to wel­come Hawthorn Hawks leg­end and me­dia per­son­al­ity Der­mott Br­ere­ton to town on the weekend.

Br­ere­ton was in town on Satur­day to speak at a func­tion at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel or­gan­ised by the Whit­sun­day Bald Ea­gles.

He also took time out to at­tend the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles sign-on and skills clinic.

“I’ve been to Cairns and a few other places in North Queens­land with Get­away and Fox Footy but this is the first time I’ve ever been to Air­lie Beach,” he said.

“It’s an ab­so­lutely gor­geous spot, I flew in to Hamil­ton Is­land and some of the Bald Ea­gles came to pick me up and then we were off to the ju­nior clinic. I took the kids for a train­ing run which was fan­tas­tic and they were a rip­ping group.”

Br­ere­ton praised the hard work of the Bald Ea­gles in set­ting up the event and also com­pli­mented the Sea Ea­gles on their ef­forts set­ting up the clinic.

“It was a re­ally well run event and it’s great to see so many kids in­volved in Aussie Rules. I think the most im­por­tant thing is just that the kids are in­volved in a sport, whether it be AFL or bas­ket­ball or what­ever they like,” he said.

Bald Ea­gles pres­i­dent Jack Lumby and vice-pres­i­dent Rod Tulk worked tire­lessly be­hind the scenes to get the event off the ground and thanked ev­ery­one who had helped them and come along to the din­ner on Satur­day night.

“Thank you to all in­volved with Satur­day’s Der­mott Br­ere­ton func­tion at the Reef Gate­way. A great night was had by all,” Lumby said.

“He was pro­fes­sional, po­lite and very friendly as well a cap­ti­vat­ing speaker who works the room very well in­deed.”

FAN FAVOUURITE: Lo­cal Aussie Rules fans Mitchell and Joshua Milostic and Joshua Gra­ham with Hawthorn Hawks leg­end Der­mott Br­ere­ton at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on Satur­day.

SPE­CIAL GUEST: AFL Leg­end Der­mott Br­ere­ton with Whit­sun­day Bald Ea­gles vice-pres­i­dent Rod Tulk and pres­i­dent Jack Lumby. Br­ere­ton spoke at a spe­cial sports­man's din­ner or­gan­ised by the Bald Ea­gles and held at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel on Satur­day night.

FOOTY FANS: Grant Wade and Ethan Boyle were among the crowds at the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles sign-on fea­tur­ing Der­mott Br­ere­ton on Satur­day.

TAK­ING THE LEAP: Ai­dan Allen-Fancke prac­tices his mark­ing skills at the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles sign-on and skills clinic on Satur­day at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park.

EX­PERT AD­VICE: AFL leg­end and me­dia per­son­al­ity gives some ad­vice to Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles ju­niors at the club's sign-on and skills clinic on Satur­day.

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