THE Mildura Golf Resort played host to a charity golf day organised by Mildura Regional Development with proceeds from the event donated to Mallee Accommodation and Support Program (MASP).

The fun day out on the course attracted some big names from the world of sport, with former Hawthorn greats, Dermott Brereton and Campbell Brown, in town to tee-off with the more than 80 strong field last Friday afternoon.

These days Dermott is an AFL commentator for radio SEN and FOX Sports and also appears on the SEN drive program with Andy Maher and Andy Gaze as well as Crunch Time on Saturday morning and Campbell covers the AFL on the Seven Network and also the horse racing for SEN’s Track show.

Former North Melbourne captain and coach and Geelong coach Malcolm Blight was originally coming to Mildura for the event but was unable to make it at the last minute and Dermott stepped in as his on field replacement.

“I’m looking forward to having a hit of golf and having a chat afterwards it should be a great day, Dermott said.

“I’m the 19th man – an emergency from Melbourne for Malcolm Blight!

“I’m coming off-the-bench because he was unable to attend.

“I am really pleased to be able to join in today’s event and to support a good cause together with all of the other people here to have a hit.

“I feel privileged to have been asked to fill in for Malcolm and so it’s been my good fortune to be able to come to Mildura.

“I have been to Mildura on a couple of occasions when I used to be a presenter on Getaway and I also came up to an event at the Mildura Club with Geoff Thompson, which I think was about 12 years ago. ”

Dermott also toured the sporting precinct with Browny and said he was very impressed.

“Fantastic – huge,” he said.

“I am all for giving younger people every opportunity to put themselves into any form of recreation in a sporting sense and that looks like something that would attract me as young fellow and hopefully it will do the same for the youth here in Mildura.

“The more opportunities we give to the younger generation to participate in sport the better.

“It is also good for the mental health of the population as well.”

Dermy was asked how he thought the AFL season was shaping up so far.

“There is one team going as well as we expected (Melbourne), they’re on top,” he said.

“There are few teams going better than we expected and there are a few teams not going as well as we expected.

“And so there has been quite a few turn-ups to this point in time and eight rounds is enough to get a good sample size.

“History tells us that you will get one, maybe two teams, who from here who will swap in and out of the eight.

“That is a pretty good guide and it leaves an emerging team like Carlton in a wonderful position and that is good for them.

“They have been starved of success for some time and so that is a bit of a surprise.

“I thought they would be fringe eight, but all they need to do is play average to slightly better than average football and they will make the finals, which would be a wonderful result for them and their supporters.”

Campbell said that he too was pleased to be in Mildura to support the golf day.

“It’s great to be in Mildura for such a worthy cause and I’m looking forward to the round of golf and there’s a great turn out for it,” he said.

“I’m a terrible golfer and I no doubt will show that very shortly, but it should be a great day and we are delighted to support the cause.

“Yesterday we were shown around Mildura, which included tour of the Mildura Sporting Precinct, which is an outstanding complex.

“The oval is magnificent.

“They showed us where the cricket pitches are going to be going in.

“The oval is in magnificent condition and I know that there is a push to eventually have an AFL pre-season game played there, which would be great.

“We also visited Fosseys Gin Emporium, which has become a tradition and I have also been to the lolly shop in 10th Street today, which is magnificent and I have generally been having a bit of fun on the houseboat with Dermy.”
Campbell was also asked how he viewed the AFL season so far this year.

“It’s been interesting,” he said.

“Already one coach has fallen – Leon Cameron from GWS and that surprised me the other day.

“There have been some sides who have dropped right away and been pretty quiet.

“I had Essendon in the top eight and they have been the big disappointment.

“Port Adelaide got off to a slow start but are gradually working back into it with three wins in a row now.

“It’s good to see Carlton in the mix, the competition is always a bit more exciting when the Blues are up and about.”

And how about your old team Hawthorn, Campbell was asked.

“I’ve been pretty impressed with them,” he said.

“Sammy Mitchell is doing things a bit differently with them – they’ve been a bit more attacking and have had a bit more flair.

“The flip side of that is that they have been opened up in the last quarters a few times by the Swans and Essendon.”

Mildura Regional Development CEO Brett Millington said it was always good to be able raise some money locally for a good cause and at the same time promote our region back into the capital cities.

“Dermy was on the SEN drive show yesterday spruiking Mildura and talking about being on a houseboat and visiting the sport precinct and the golf day today,” he said.

“Campbell has also been on radio and will be again on Saturday morning doing much the same which is a great way to promote the region.”

– JOHN DOOLEY