Toast Ben D leaving’s confirmed. All the best Ben. You deserve it!

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Jun 21, 2014
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Other Teams
Maggies, Spurs, Raiders?
In all seriousness I'm pretty sure it was he who went out of his way to get me a seat next to my brother and all the positive stories are a testament to his passion and hard work

Hopefully he's leaving a legacy there which will continue after his departure

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Mar 1, 2014
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Things aren't so bad, surely?
We've played finals 4 times since 2005 (we're less than a month away from it being 2020).

We have played 1 final in 5 years - and all of the key figures at the club (Chairman, CEO, senior coach, football manager) remain unchanged throughout this time.

I mean, what type of mediocre mindset would you need to have to believe that things aren't so bad given the last 15 years and specifically the last 5 years this club has dished up?


Norm Smith Medallist
Mar 21, 2008
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Other Teams
Stoke City
I’m actually really happy for Ben. I reckon the job would have taken its toll over the past few years and despite all the shit that’s been going on he’s done an incredible job. Ben and his family used to sit behind us at Footy Park and we had some great banter, I haven’t spoken to him, he’d be getting bombarded with messages, but I think he’ll really enjoy being at Port games without that club employee hat on.
I'm the same, nice for him to get a breather and change it up.

Hopefully he can still be involved in the club in some capacity and no doubt the door will always be open for him.


Futebol Australiano
May 26, 2017
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Other Teams
Grêmio, DC United, Clev. Indians
I have send an e-mail to Ben with the link to this thread. He has authorized me to share his reply. Here it is:

From: Ben Demertzis <>

Hi Paulo,

Thank you for the email – I have just had a bit of read, thanks for sending it through and for all the kind thoughts / words.

I did notice that some people think there might be some sinister reasons for me leaving – but it isn’t like that at all.

I was actually approached by the Adelaide 36ers early last week, so I decided to have a chat, which turned into a meeting then a job offer.
I wasn’t expecting it at all or looking for it.
But it just made me evaluate a few things, mainly with my family.
I am married with 2 young girls – and too often they have come second to our footy club.
I realised there can be a work life away from the club – I know I will miss this place, all our members, my colleagues, but now I have come to terms with that, I am excited.
It was always my dream to work at PAFC - now I can go back to enjoying it form the other side of the fence.

Thanks again for the email

Ben Demertzis
Membership Manager
Port Adelaide Football Club
Member #1081788

Ford Fairlane

Feb 21, 2002
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Other Teams
Port Adelaide Magpies
It must be a great feeling to be headhunted for a job. At least that's what I hear ;)

Congratulations Ben and all the best in your new role. The 36ers gain is our loss.

To quote The Boss

Well they built the Titanic to be one of a kind,
but many ships have ruled the seas
They built the Eiffel Tower to stand alone,
but they could build another if they please
Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Egypt, are unique I suppose
But when they built you, brother, they broke the mold

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