Bold pitch-invader with a hole in his underwear storms the field during the AFL Grand Final as Melbourne pulls back for historic premiership victory
- Pitch Invader went head to head in Saturday night’s AFL Grand Final
- Pre-game favorites Melbourne to a comfortable victory in Perth
- Demon’s last premiership was in 1964, a 55-year wait for patient supporters
A pitch invader with a noticeable hole in his underwear provided a lighthearted moment in Saturday’s AFL Grand Final.
With the Melbourne Demons touching their first flag since 1964 after a sparkling third quarter, the man took to the arena at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
He couldn’t escape the nearby security on the ground, as the party got started in earnest for Demons fans.
And after waiting 57 years to hoist the trophy, the premiership celebrations are tipped to be significant.
The pitch intruder is chased through security during the 2021 AFL Grand Final game between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on Saturday
The man (pictured) was quickly removed by a team of guards at Optus Stadium in Perth
The Demons were first on the scoreboard with two deficits before Christian Petracca extended their lead to start the first goal of the game.
Luke Beveridge’s Bulldogs fought back strongly in the second quarter, leading by eight points at halftime.
An emphatic third quarter saw the Demons finally end their premiership drought, with a 74-point closing margin.
Pre-game, Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan arrived via train proudly donning a Demons scarf as he posed for photos with fans.
Footage of McGowan openly showing his allegiance to the demons surprised Channel 7 commentators.
“He made a statement there, I didn’t expect that,” said James Brayshaw.
Abbey Holmes added: ‘That’s controversial.’
The sold-out crowd also enjoyed a pre-match entertainment lineup of Australian chart anthems from the likes of Eskimo Joe and John Butler ahead of the first bounce at 7:15 PM (AEST).
But not everyone watching at home was impressed, with some calling the musical entertainment “worse than Meatloaf” – referring to American singer Meatloaf giving a wide-paned 12-minute performance during the 2011 AFL Grand Final at the MCG.
Bulldogs cult hero Bailey Smith had an unusual preparation when he arrived on the ground separate from his teammates after leaving his official players accreditation cord at the team hotel.
In AFL-obsessed Melbourne, fans have gathered in a number of private venues to watch the big game – despite warnings from health officials to stay home.
It came after Victoria recorded 847 newly acquired Covid cases and one death on Saturday, the highest daily peak of infection during the pandemic.
A crowd of another 60,000 went to Optus Stadium in Perth for the 2021 AFL Grand Final
Jack Viney got off to a strong start for the Melbourne Demons, who were pre-match favourites