A Bit About BA
Brett "Doc"(?) Andrews, our Assistant Coach, doesn’t quite appear in Queensland’s richest 100 yet, but Group 1 Building is heading that way. So much so that Brett can now devote more time to ensuring Pedro is on the ball.
BA emerged as a football talent at one of Victoria’s hotbeds of junior development. St Peters Bentleigh has been a constant source of recruitment for the AFL, VFL, VFA and senior leagues in metropolitan Melbourne and country Victoria. The Hammers, or Sandringham, then competing in the VFA saw enough in Brett to pick him up as a junior in 1987. We’re talking the halcyon days of the VFA with the likes of Terry Wheeler, Barry Round, Gary Brice and Phil Maylin strutting their stuff. BA accrued 20 goals while clocking a total of 65 games across the seniors, reserves and juniors. We’re guessing over 4 – 5 seasons which means he floated up this way maybe directly, or not, as he won't tell us.
Whatever, after a season at Morningside he landed at the Cattery in 1995, and according to the only archive we can find played 3 seasons. Extrapolating from the only statistic available (20 games in 1997), we estimate he knocked up about 60 games in all, and played in 3 consecutive final series. Highly regarded, Brett was skipper in 1995 and appointed co-captain in ’96 – ’97 (under Jason Cotter – was he before his time?), during which time he led the club to successive third, premiers (triple premiership year), and fourth places.
Among his highlights was playing in the local bloodbath against the Demons in ’95; kicking a couple (Al Lawson got one) in a 16 goal first quarter against Robina, final round ‘96 to finish 15 and 3 to Labrador’s 16 and 2; kicked one sausage roll, as did Al Lawson, and named in the best, as was Al, in the premiership win 12 16 to Labrador’s 5 14 (thereby reversing the ladder finish order for ’96.); led the side with players such as Dean Howard in ’97 who picked up the B&F and subsequently was drafted by the Crows. In summary, provided by the Chairman of Selectors in the premiership year “…he is a natural born leader and had great potential as a coach…”
BA had a break for a couple of years and despite the best efforts of some to keep him at the Cattery he took the Captain Coach role at Cooly 2000 – 02, taking the club to second in 2000, winning the B&F and representative selection in that year, then winning the ultimate in ’01, and finally another runner-up in '02.
We are fortunate to have the benefit of BA’s presence in his wiser years.
- Position: Senior Coach
- Category: Seniors
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org