Brendan Fevola calls time on local footy career after AFL Masters premiership victory

AFL goalkicking great Brendan Fevola says he has officially hung up the boots after basking in the glory of one last premiership win.

The 42-year-old retired from the top level all the way back in 2010 after being sacked by a series of off-field controversies at Brisbane.

Having cost himself up to five AFL seasons and hundreds of goals, Fevola embarked on a local footy career and racked up dozens of appearances for clubs around Australia.

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His final appearance came on Sunday, wearing the No.25 jumper he donned in his 10 years at Carlton, against Frankston in Diamond Valley’s Masters grand final.

Fevola kicked one goal as the over-35s side won 13.7 (85) to 9.6 (60), with fellow former AFL player Aaron Edwards leading the way with seven goals and Brownlow medallist Dane Swan also kicking one.

“After 37 years of the game I’ve loved so much and has given me so much more. It’s time to say goodbye,” Fevola wrote.

“What a way to finish, with a flag. I’m cooked.”

The premiers. Credit: Instagram
Brendan Fevola celebrates the premiership with his family. Credit: Instagram

Fevola said he took to the field despite managing a bulging disc in his back.

“When I told the doc before the game he came to give me a cortisone jab to numb it all up, I said I had a bulged disc – he said ‘well I won’t go near your spine because if I miss you could end up in a wheelchair,” he said on Fifi, Fev and Nick.

“He got the real big fat side and numbed it up, it only lasted an hour so halfway through the second I could feel everything. I couldn’t bend over but that’s okay, I can’t bend over at the best of times being the fattest bloke out there.

“I’m not real good now and I couldn’t really move before it, but mate, I won a flag. I went out with a premiership.”

Geelong premiership star Jeremy Cameron paid a short goalkickers’ tribute to Fevola: “Many many snags.”

But netball great turned AFLW player Sharni Layton wasn’t convinced of the retirement.

“Liar. You’ll be back,” she wrote.

Fevola, who said he has now won four senior flags, reiterated he is “absolutely 100 per cent finished – game over”.

Fevola is going out on a high. Credit: Instagram

Victory sealed back-to-back premierships for Diamond Valley though Fevola did not play in last year’s grand final.

“I’m actually quite surprised I didn’t go back to the club rooms last night,” he said.

“I’ve got a bit of FOMO now, all the boys are still there partying on. Considering it was my last game I thought I will turn one on but I didn’t, I went home with the kids.

“It was good to have the girls there to play my last game. I played horrible but that’s okay, we won.”

Other AFL players in the team included former North Melbourne midfielder Daniel Harris and Fevola’s ex-Carlton teammate Anthony Franchina.

Swan dovetailed his Diamond Valley season with regular games for Pines in the Mornington Peninsula league and one-off appearances at eight other clubs.

“Thought it was time to start picking on people our own age,” Swan wrote to celebrate the flag.

“Guess we better celebrate.”

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