HE WAS five minutes late on to the field, but that didn't stop AFL great Brad Green from being the main attraction at Invermay Park yesterday.
The former Melbourne AFL captain and 254-game veteran made a quick trip home to Launceston yesterday to play for Old Launcestonians in its NTFA division 2 clash against Old Scotch.
Green, who is now assistant coach at Carlton, had been invited to play for the club about six weeks ago by his former Launceston Church Grammar School mates.
He said it wasn't until Friday that he realised he could make it, so he quickly booked a flight for himself and three-year-old son Oliver, which arrived at 1:40pm.
"I got here five or ten minutes into the game, so with no warm-up I just ran out there and was straight into it," Green said.
"I really enjoyed it. It was good fun getting out there and having a kick ... and to reminiscing over old times (with school mates)."
The game was only the second Green has played in two years and one of the first in front of his son.
"It's good to bring him down and get to see Dad play because he was probably a little young last time he saw me."
Green managed to kick 3.3 for the game.
"It's still frustrating because you think you can do more, but I just enjoy it now and it's not about putting pressure on yourself to perform - you've just got to get out and have fun," he said.
Old Launcestonians president Andrew Brown said it was fantastic that Green could play, even though the team lost by 19 points.
"The old Northern stand was packed and there was an awesome atmosphere," Brown said.