Moving to Perth from Houston, Texas two years ago, the married father of three daughters said there were few similarities between the two sports and he had never watched an AFL game when he first joined.
Bassett, of City Beach, said he often drove past the AFL Masters WA competition team training at Henderson Park, so stopped in to have a kick.
He now plays in the ruck and forward line and holds the positions of registrar and fitness coach.
‘One of the reasons I got so involved was because of the guys, they’re so welcoming,’ Bassett said.
In contrast, Anthony Prindiville returned to the sport he played as a teenager with Marist Brothers (now Newman College).
‘I stopped playing when I was 17 and didn’t go back to it until three years ago,’ Prindiville said.
‘The camaraderie between the players is really strong and it’s a really good club to be around.
‘It’s just footy for kicks’