MORE than 1000 fans turned out to watch former AFL forward Brendan Fevola run out for Coolangatta yesterday including champion ironwoman and fellow I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant Courtney Hancock.
Hancock turned up to watch her AFL star mate make a special one-off appearance at Peak Oval, Kirra.
The big man didn’t set the world on fire but he did promise, and deliver a goal for Hancock.
“Hey Court, I’ll try and kick you a goal next quarter,” Fevola said.
The pair were stuck in the South African jungle together earlier this year as part of the popular Channel 10 reality show raising money for their chosen charities.
While Hancock, 27, was eliminated in the first round, she said the pair still remained friends and she was only too happy to pay him a visit when he let her know he was heading to the Coast.
“I think it’s definitely awesome that he is keeping his fitness up and still keeping touch with the sport,” she said.
“It’s really good for the community as well not only for the Coolangatta team but in the crowd I noticed there was a lot of kids there, he had a lot of support.”
The big man made a special one-off guest appearance for Coolangatta in a QFA South match against Coorparoo and, although he didn’t set the world on fire, big Fev made an impact with a haul of 3.3 as the Blues lost by 16.24 (120) to 8.9 (57).
Fevola, 35, did not kick a goal until the third quarter, then added two more in the fourth.
“It was a great day,” Coolangatta president Howard Battye said. “There was a great atmosphere and it was just a ripper day even though we didn’t win.
“The crowd reminded me of the good old days when we used to play the likes of Southport and Broadbeach in the Gold Coast competition.”
Fevola was rumoured to have been paid $2000 plus half the gate for his appearance, which included a sports lunch.
“The club made some money but what Fev asked for was very reasonable, and certainly not half the gate,” Battye said.
Fevola was easily a crowd favourite and while his side didn’t win on the scoreboard, he won them over on the sideline, taking time to sign autographs and chat.
words by Terry Wilson and Lucy Kinbacher, Gold Coast Bulletin
Article appeared online on goldcoastbulletin.com.au on 27 June 2016