AFL Tasmania is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Bennett to the role of Regional Manager – South & Tasmanian State League (TSL).

Bennett joins AFL Tasmania following a long, accomplished career in the education sector, having recently retired after serving in numerous school principal positions.

Notably he is also a Tasmanian football Hall of Famer having made an incredible contribution to the game as a player, coach, commentator and recruiter.

The role is to oversee community football operations and game development activities for the southern region, as well as manage the TSL. In addition, Bennett will play a key leadership role in working with football leaders in the southern region and the TSL, strengthening the game and helping community football in Tasmania bounce back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Head of AFL Tasmania, Damian Gill, said: “It is wonderful to welcome such an experienced football person to our team in a really important role.

“Andy’s football experience and knowledge are incredibly valuable. He knows the game inside out. He is a wonderful football character and an experienced leader.

“Andy’s background in education is also highly advantageous as we all know the important relationship between schools and football, so he will bring a lot of expertise to our approach to participation at the grassroots level.

“Andy clearly loves the game and has a deep interest in the role it plays in schools and communities.”

Bennett will be familiar to many in the football community through his long-standing work as a commentator for the ABC. Bennett has already commenced in the role.

ANDY BENNETT
Australian Football – Playing, Coaching, Media and Recruitment:

Playing and Coaching:
1974 – 1979
South Adelaide Football Club (SANFL)
1980 – 1984
Hawthorn Football Club (VFL/AFL)
1985
St Kilda Football Club (AFL)
1986 – 1988
Sandy Bay Football Club (Tasmanian Statewide League)
• Senior Playing Coach
1989-1990
West Torrens Football Club (SANFL)
• Senior Coach
1991 – 1992
Sandy Bay Football Club (Tas. Statewide League)
1993 – 1994
North Hobart Football Club (Tas Statewide League)
• Senior Coach
Interstate Representation
Playing:
South Australia
1975
South Australian U/23 v Queensland
1979
South Australia
• v Victoria, Western Australian and Queensland
South Australian State of Origin Carnival (Perth)
• v Victoria
1980
South Australian State of Origin Carnival (Adelaide)
• v Tasmania and Victoria
Tasmania
1986
Captain:
Tasmania v Fitzroy (AFL)
Tasmania (Escort Cup)
• v ACT, NSW, Victoria, Queensland
1988
Tasmania v VFA
Coaching:
1987
Tasmania – Escort Cup Series
• v NSW, Queensland, VFA
1988
State of Origin Carnival – Adelaide
Tasmanian Assistant Coach
1995 – 1999
Tasmania
• v SANFL (1995)
• v VFL (1996)
• v WAFL (1997)
• v VFL (1998)
• v WAFL (1999)
2000
Tasmania – National U/18 Carnival – Melbourne

Media
1994 – 1995
ABC Radio
• Expert Comments – Coverage of Tasmanian Statewide Competition
1998 – 2010
ABC Radio
• Expert comments – Coverage of various AFL games played in Tasmania
1996 – 2010
ABC Television
• Expert Comments – Coverage of Tasmanian Statewide Competition
• Expert Comments – Coverage of Tasmanian Devils Games in the VFL competition
2007
Mercury Newspaper – Hobart
• Columnist – Tasmanian Statewide Competition

Recruiting
1995 – 2019
West Coast Eagles – AFL
• Recruiting Officer (Tasmania)

Awards
1986
Best and Fairest – Sandy Bay Football Club
William Leitch Medallist – Tasmanian Statewide Football League
2005
Inductee – Tasmanian Hall of Fame