- GWS shocked Port Adelaide to book AFL preliminary final against Collingwood
- The players and fans celebrated hard after the win in Adelaide
- One of the players’ mums became an Aussie icon for her sozzled antics
There is plenty of hype surrounding the ‘orange tsunami’ as the GWS Giants surge through the AFL finals, but one star’s mum has managed to completely steal the show.
Mel Bedford, mother of GWS star Toby Bedford, has become an instant viral hit after having a few beverages and crashing 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 a goal assist.
Bedford was initially mortified when his mum walked into the live interviews, but can now see the humour in the situation.
‘She’d probably had a bit too many bubbles,’ he laughed.
‘The videos rolling around… she’ll probably be a bit embarrassed but that’s alright.’
Bedford initially tried to usher his mother away from the live interview with AFL great Eddie Betts on Fox Footy
But Betts was having none of it, dragging her in for a hug and a chat about her 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 popped up in the background on the live Fox Footy feed.
Mel immediately tried to inject herself into the interview, only for her son to attempt to politely steer her away.
However, Betts was having none of it, dragging Mel in for a hug and to be part of the conversation.
‘I could not be prouder, I’m just like … Giants, the green army is coming,’ she said.
Betts then politely reminded her that GWS fans are called the orange army.
‘Why’d I say green?’ she happily asked, followed by, ‘Collingwood are quaking 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 round two, crashing the Channel 7 desk and getting a sneaky hug from star Giants midfielder Stephen Coniglio
It wasn’t the only moment of the night that Bedford’s mum stole; she also shared her views during a Channel Seven interview with star GWS midfielder Stephen Coniglio.
Mrs Bedford quietly sidled up between Coniglio and former AFLW star and current commentator Daisy Pearce before Hamish McLachlan said, ‘Your son is a gun,’ and high-fived her.
She then gave Coniglio a hug and McLachlan cut to commercial, saying: ‘You take Mrs Bedford with you, we’re going to take a break. Mayhem continues on the other side.’
Mel’s parting words were: ‘Let’s go for the granny! We got it, boys’.
Her antics had AFL fans in stitches, with plenty turning to social media to praise her for crashing the interviews.
‘Mums tanked. Imagine if they win the granny haha,’ one posted.
‘That would be me if my sons end up playing AFL,’ declared another.
‘Haven’t we all had a Mel Bedford moment at least once in our lives?’ asked another.
The Giants’ next assignment sees them tackle Collingwood on Friday night at the MCG with a grand final spot on the line.