DERMOTT BRERETON was recruited from the Frankston Rovers Club (Victoria) by the Hawthorn Hawks for Season 1982, and went on to play 189 Games and kick 427 Goals for Hawthorn , as Centre Half Forward, between 1982 and 1992. After missing the 1993 Season due to injury Brereton made a playing comeback with the Sydney Swans in 1994 where he played 7 Games and kicked 7 Goals and followed up in 1995 with the Collingwood Magpies, where he played a further 15 Games and kicked 30 Goals. Brereton had many Australian Football Players Cards issued during his career and many are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Brereton had a well-earned reputation as a Big Game Player, which was set from his First Game for the Hawthorn Seniors in the 1982 First Semi Final, when he debuted with an exciting 5 Goal haul against the North Melbourne Kangaroos. His bustling manner was combined with surprising foot speed, strong vertical leap, powerful hands in marking contests and fearless aggression and attack on the ball, that made Brereton the Complete Footballer Package . His flamboyant nature won him a cult-like following at the Hawthorn Hawks, however he was widely regarded as a gregarious villain by most followers of opposition Clubs.
Dermott Brereton possessed great confidence in his own ability and the physical battering of his style of play, took a heavy toll on his body in the latter years of his career. He was a vital member in 8 Hawthorn Grand Final Teams and played in 5 successful Premiership Teams in 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991. Brereton was at the height of his Power and Influence in 1985 , when he won the Hawthorn Best and Fairest Player award, was the Clubs Leading Goalkicker, selected as an All Australian and kicked a Record 8 Goals in the Hawks Grand Final victory.
Brereton was acknowledged as one of the greatest players of his generation, and his combination with Jason Dunstall ( 1254 Career Goals), gave Hawthorn a prolific, dual-pronged forward line which proved the cornerstone of Club success during this era. He was selected in the Australian Football League Hall Of Fame and inducted into the Hawthorn Hawks Team Of The Century.
Dermott Brereton embarked on a successful Media career when his playing days were over, being one of the original panellists on the AFL Footy Show at its birth in 1994. He also wrote a column in the Melbourne Age newspaper and featured on Melbourne Radio in various timeslots, including live Football Match Broadcasts. During this period Brereton was also elected as a Director of the Hawthorn Hawks Football Club, a position he held from Election in late 1997 until his resignation in March 2006.
Brereton developed a huge profile throughout his Playing Career and continued heady success in Television, Radio and Print Media, and it is not a surprise that his role as a travel presenter on the Television Show “Getaway” has seen the Brereton Magic capture viewers interest and imagination, yet again.
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