- GWS shocked Port Adelaide by booking AFL preliminary final against Collingwood
- Players and fans celebrate victory in Adelaide
- One of the players’ mothers became an Australian icon for her antics
There’s a lot of hype surrounding the ‘orange tsunami’ as the GWS Giants advance to the AFL finals, but the mother of a star has managed to completely steal the spotlight.
Mel Bedford, mother of GWS star Toby Bedford, became an instant viral hit after a few drinks and crashed interviews after her son and his teammates upset Port Adelaide on Saturday.
The former Melbourne Demons star had a blinder for the Giants against Port, finishing with 16 disposals, three clearances and an assist.
Bedford was initially mortified when his mother entered the live interviews, but can now see the humor in the situation.
“She probably had a few too many bubbles,” he laughed.
“The videos are going around…she’ll probably be a little embarrassed but that’s okay.”
Bedford initially tried to steer his mother away from AFL great Eddie Betts’ live interview on Fox Footy.
But Betts was having none of it, pulling him in for a hug and a chat about his son and the Giants’ huge win over Port Adelaide.
Bedford was being interviewed by Adelaide Crows and Carlton champion Eddie Betts when his mother Mel appeared in the background on the Fox Footy live feed.
Mel immediately tried to get involved in the interview, only for her son to try to politely pull her away.
However, Betts was having none of it, pulling Mel in for a hug and to join in on the conversation.
“I couldn’t be more proud, I’m like… Giants, the green army is coming,” she said.
Betts then politely reminded him that GWS fans are called the Orange Army.
“Why did I say green?” » she asked happily, followed by: “Collingwood is shaking because the earth is shaking.
Bedford played an influential role for the GWS Giants as they booked a preliminary final showdown with Collingwood
Mel Bedford goes for the second lap, crashes into the Channel 7 desk and gets a sneaky hug from Giants star midfielder Stephen Coniglio.
This wasn’t the only time of night that Bedford’s mother stole; she also shared her views during a Channel Seven interview with GWS star midfielder Stephen Coniglio.
Ms Bedford quietly slipped between Coniglio and former AFLW star and current commentator Daisy Pearce before Hamish McLachlan said: “Your son is a weapon” and gave her a high-five.
She then gave Coniglio a hug and McLachlan went to commercial saying: “You take Mrs. Bedford with you, we’re going to take a break.” The chaos continues on the other side.
Mel’s parting words were: “Let’s go get Grandma!” We got it, boys.
Her antics left AFL fans angry, with many taking to social media to praise her for crashing interviews.
“The mothers tanked. Imagine if they win the grandma haha,” one posted.
“That would be me if my sons ended up playing AFL,” said another.
“Haven’t we all had a Mel Bedford moment at least once in our lives? » asked another.
The Giants’ next mission sees them face Collingwood on Friday night at the MCG with a grand final berth on the line.