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Eddie Betts: The Boy from Boomerang Crescent


To celebrate the release of his memoir, Eddie Betts joins acclaimed writer and footy tragic Tony Birch to discuss the highs and lows of his AFL career and much more.


Eddie Betts is a true giant of the AFL. With a career boasting 350-plus games, over 600 goals, multiple All-Australian nods and Goal of the Year awards, he has earned a rare league-wide popularity. Following his retirement from football last year, the man the tabloids once dubbed ‘bad boy Betts’ is enjoying his next chapter as a dedicated husband and father, a respected community leader, and an increasingly outspoken social activist.

To celebrate the release of his memoir The Boy from Boomerang Crescent, Eddie Betts joins acclaimed writer and footy tragic Tony Birch to discuss the long hard road from the Nullarbor to the MCG, the highs and lows of his AFL career, and creating opportunities for Aboriginal youth to thrive in education and sport.


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About the book

Cover of Eddie Betts book, The Boy from Boomerang Crescent. Features a portrait of Eddie Betts.

The bookseller for this event is Readings.



Footballer Eddie Betts holds a football and looks down at the camera
Eddie Betts

It’s a long, long way from the Nullarbor to the MCG and, as plenty of would-be outback superstars have learnt the hard way, talent alone won’t get you there. You also need determination. Self-discipline. Physical and emotional durability. A taste for hard work. Extreme resilience. Luckily for AF... Read more

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He has published three novels; The White Girl, Ghost River and Blood. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Pa... Read more


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