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Brett Kirk

Brett Kirk

Brett Kirk (born 25 October 1976) is a former AFL football player of the Sydney Swans. He was runner-up for the clubs best and fairest award in both 2003 and 2004, making the All Australian Team in 2004. Widely regarded as one of the most courageous and resilient players to have ever pulled on the boots, he played 241 games for Sydney since making his debut in 1999, including the last 200 without missing a match. He captained the club for 4 games and was later named the best and fairest in the 2005 premiership winning team. In 2006, Kirk was awarded the AFL PA's Robert Rose Award for most courageous player jointly with Glenn Archer. He is one of the most respected players of the AFL and has continued to tackle hard and lead the Swans in 2010.

On May 19, 2010, Kirk announced his retirement effective as of the end of the 2010 season. Kirk played his final and 200th consecutive game on Saturday 11 September 2010. Kirk placed in the top 3 of the Swans' Best and Fairest award, the Bob Skilton Medal, for 7 straight years (2003–2009) In 2011, he spent six months travelling the world and spreading the word about football as the AFL's International Ambassador. In 2011 the Brett Kirk Medal was created, to be awarded to the best player in the opening round between the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants. In 2012 Brett joined the Freemantle Dockers as Assistant Coach.

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It was an incredible journey. The thing that blew me away most was the passion for the game off shore and how it only took one person and their love of the game to be able to start something great.


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Brett Hutchins

"The AFL is quite wisely trying to break international markets, but they're a very different organization to things like the IPL and the NBA. I mean, basketball and soccer have a natural international following. They have deep roots within communities and suburbs and cities in various parts of the world. So it's not this question that you have to sell a strange game to a local population and show them why it's special. "