Reported by Paul Amy
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THE sight of Steve Brewer taking the ball at half back and giving it a mighty hoof with his left boot has delighted Port Melbourne supporters for six seasons.
Few players kicked it longer or stronger. There were days when you suspected he needed the all-clear from Tullamarine to launch his drop punts from the North Port Oval.
But Brewer has closed his worthy VFL career, heading to Greenvale in the Essendon District league.
"Their (Greenvale's) ground is 500m from the school I teach at,'' Brewer said this morning.
"They have been in contact with me for the last couple of years and I knew I'd go there at some stage, when I felt the time was right to leave the VFL. The time's right now.''
Port coach Gary Ayres said the 2011 premiership player made an important contribution to the Borough and could be proud of his achievements. He called him a "thorough professional''.
Brewer bounced around the VFL before consolidating a senior position at the Borough.
He fiddled away in the reserves at Box Hill for two seasons, gained senior opportunities at Casey Scorpions, then had a year at Williamstown.