AFL players urged to embrace bushfires appeal clash

Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel says he was in “awe” of the superstars around him during the last AFL origin clash and hopes the sport’s modern day stars pounce on the chance to take part in the bushfire appeals clash next month.

Bartel took part in the one-off tribute match in 2008 that was held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Australian rules football. The then reigning Brownlow medallist played a key role in a Victorian side which defeated the “Dream Team” by 17 points before a crowd of 69,294 at the MCG.

“I was in awe of the superstars around me. I got to take the first bounce with Adam Goodes and Chris Judd – we were three of the previous four Brownlow medallists,” he said.

Scott Pendlebury, Max Gawn, Patrick Dangerfield and Nic Naitanui are among the star talent expected to take part in the February 28 clash at Marvel Stadium but officials will hope the likes of Patrick Cripps, Dustin Martin, Nat Fyfe, Brodie Grundy and Tim Kelly will also be on show. Martin is currently training in Japan.

“I would love to be the runner,” quipped Bartel.


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