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Hundreds turn out to see retired West Coast Eagles midfielder Daniel Kerr play for Tyabb Yabbies

MPNFL NepeanHerald Sun | HUNDREDS have turned out to see retired West Coast Eagles midfielder Daniel Kerr play in the the Nepean Football League season opener.

Wearing his fomer number four, Kerr joined the Tyabb Yabbies to take on reigning premiers Hastings at Bunguyan Reserve.

Tyabb opened the game with all guns blazing but failed to show much fire following the first term, defeated by 108 points at the final siren.

Kerr failed to have much impact while down foward, scoring just one goal.

However, when moved to the midfield after half time he had over a dozen kicks and three goal-assists.

Club President Douglas Taylor said he was delighted to see so many people at the ground for the special game.

“It’s fantastic, as you can see by the crowd here today everyone has turned up to have a look at Daniel,” he said.

“Our on field result was not so good, but we had a great first half and we will learn something out of this.”

Other players at the club were desperate to share the field with the premiership player, those not named on today’s list turning up to pre-match training last night.

“We had a light training session for the squad playing and there were five guys not named who asked to train just to be with Daniel,” Mr Taylor said.

Today’s game is one of 15 games the former All Australian will play for country teams across Australia, similar to Brendan Fevola.

This is the first time the 33-year-old has played for a Victorian team.

He will turn out for Pearcedale - another Nepean team - in its season opener next weekend against Devon Meadows.

Despite the disappointing loss, it was a big day for the Tyabb Football Club who celebrated their 40th anniversary since returning to action in 1977 after a 26 year break.

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