Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Legend Visits

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Legend Visits

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Byline: PAT KOOPMAN pat.koopman@dailymercury.com.au

AFL: Ron Barassi is a legend of Australian Rules football ... it's an undisputed fact.

Very few people have the ability to capture an audience just by their mere presence ... Ronald Dale Barassi is one of them.

When he talks Australian Rules or sport in general, he can hold an audience in the palm of his hand.

Importantly, grassroots football still means a lot to this sporting icon.

aUnless there's grassroots eventually the whole thing will die,a Barassi said.

aIt is just obviously so important ... so important.a

In a major coup for AFL Mackay, Barassi will be the special guest speaker at the league's grand final breakfast tomorrow morning at Harrup Park.

He knows a lot about grand finals ... Barassi was a multiple Melbourne premiership player, and former Carlton and North Melbourne premiership coach.

aThe reason why I like the grassroots is this is our future,a he said. …

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