After retiring from the local competition 16 years ago, Brett Morris will pull on the South Australian guernsey for his ninth AFL Masters Carnival when the 2023 event gets underway in Maroochydore tomorrow.
Still the record holder for most A Grade games played for AFL Broken Hill (417), Mr Morris won the 1993 Middleton Medal and 10 premierships with his beloved Central Magpies. He heads to the Sunshine State still fit and raring to go.
“It’s a sport I love and I’ve just always played it,” he said.
“I retired at 45 at a senior level with Central and, thanks to the Shinglebacks [Broken Hill’s Masters team] I’m still playing now at 61.”
With seven All Australian selections under his belt from eight appearances at the AFL Masters Carnival – his first in Canberra in 2010 – a Grand Final victory still eludes Mr Morris, although he has come close on four occasions.
“It’s a fantastic Carnival and I’m really looking forward to it, just to meet so many people. If you can keep half fit and stay on your feet, it’s not bad, but it’s just footy for fun now.”