Greg 'Watty' Watt
Watty was recruited in 1973 in troubling times. The Gold Coast Australian Football League had 'proposed' that all GCAFL players were to be paid. Amidst the demands of southern state journeyman such as Bill Ryan - who requested a sign on fee of $2000 and was poached by S'port anyway - we understand Watty was signed as a home grown local from Cooporoo as a second/third tier recruit on not very much. Indeed, the Stubb's diaries note that the committee of the day talked in terms of $5 or $6 for the win and $2 for a loss. Other clubs, read S'port, were offering as much as $45/win. The major signing of that season was a bloke named Steve Taylor, a full forward, but we know nothing at this stage of Taylor's contract. And there is archival evidence of a K Maynard (Kevin or Ken? - both were used in the press of the day), as a prominent signing also, and he would have likely been on more than Watty.
Prior to the season commencement, Broady had a full scale practice match against Wests from the Brisbane league. Newspaper clippings of the game suggested it was the first time in history that a GCAFL club had beaten a Brisbane side as the Cats recorded a 17 9 to 13 11 victory and that "...recruits who burned were Greg Watt (rover), Graham Tyrell and Kevin Maynard." Later that season prior to the local derby with Labrador, the Bully ran with "With Maynard playing brilliant football and with Cotterel, Watt and evergreen Ron Derrick, all playing intelligent football, the Cats ...could bring off their first win of the season."
It was to be an eventful season. Kevin, or was it Ken, became coach and won the Ron Todd Medal for the B&F in the GCAFL with 16 votes. Not far behind on 12 votes was Watty, but he knocked over Maynard for the B&F at Broadbeach and won a Studebaker for his efforts. These days all they do is name the bar after the winner.
Never suspended or reported our Watty, although there are some who would claim he was simply never caught. Watty's best all time memory of BBSAFC is similar to lots: Good people.
Watty went on to become a Life Member of the Broadbeach Football Club.
He backed up at the club right up until his death despite the ravages of cancer.
Watty's position says it all. Those were the days when the writing on the wall was clear and obvious to all, except to the rover who was selected at back pocket.
- Number: 7
- Senior games played prior to this season: 157
- # of career games: 187
- Years Played.1973 - 1985
- Position.Rover, back pocket