Green flies in for OLs clash against Thistles

FORMER Melbourne AFL captain and 254-game veteran Brad Green will fly in as a marquee player for Old Launcestonians in its NTFA division 2 clash against Old Scotch today.

The 33-year-old who is assistant  coach at Carlton will make a surprise appearance after an invitation from OLs coach and former Launceston Grammar schoolmate Brian Finch.

``A few of us went to school with Brad including Alex Robinson and Tom Harrison who is on the committee, and when I took the job on we mentioned it to him over a few beers  and he was keen as an old Grammar boy to play,'' Finch said.

``We were lucky he had a Thursday night game this week with Carlton and he was able to get on a plane after they train on Saturday morning and come over just in time for the game.''

Finch said he played alongside Green in the Grammar state football premiership side which defeated Hutchins in 1998 before he was drafted to Melbourne the following year as pick No.19.

``Brad was a talented soccer player but we talked him into playing football with us at school,'' he said.

``He could only play seconds at 11 o'clock because he had statewide soccer at 2 o'clock.

``The next year he gave up soccer and played a full year with the senior firsts and the year after that he was at Melbourne.

``This would probably be the first time he has played a footy game in Launceston since he played with North Launceston before he was drafted.''

He said it was great for the club to have a player of Green's calibre come to Invermay Park and play in the NTFA division 2.

``We are going to have a little barbecue after the game and hopefully he can stay around for a while and have a few drinks,'' Finch said.

Green made a one-off appearance for the University side in the Old Scholars' Association in Hobart last season at the request of another former Grammar schoolmate.

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