Another weekend, another loss for angry ScoMo as he watches his Sharks get rolled in the NRL while Albo’s all smiles as his beloved Bunnies run out big winners – just like the new PM
- Morrison gestured angrily as his Cronulla Sharks had a heavy loss
- Albanese posed with a record-breaking Souths star after 44-18 victory
- Both men are regulars at their team’s games and wear their support with pride
Anthony Albanese and Scott Morrison have always worn their hearts on their sleeves at the footy – and Saturday night was a great example as the ex-PM’s favourite team endured a heavy loss while the new leader’s side came up trumps in results that mirrored how the politicians fared in the election.
Morrison couldn’t have been blamed for having flashbacks to his horror loss at the polls as Cronulla were never in the hunt against the Sydney Roosters at Shark Park, going down 36-16 after falling behind 24-0 at one stage.
A regular sight at home games, he was captured on TV gesturing angrily when Sam Walker scored the Chooks’ last try, with his daughter by his side and club legend Paul Gallen seated to his right.
Morrison was about as happy with the Roosters scoring a try against his Sharks as he was with the election result. He’s seated with his daughter with Cronulla legend Paul Gallen on the left
It was a far cry from 2019, when ScoMo celebrated his underdog election win with a beer and a big cheer from the crowd at Shark Park
It was a very different story just beforehand at Sydney’s Accor Stadium, where a delighted Albanese watched Souths hammer the Wests Tigers 44-18.
The PM posted a pic of himself with Rabbitohs star Alex Johnston after the match, which saw the winger break the club’s all-time tryscoring record.
‘Terrific that @alexjohnston95 broke @ssfcrabbitohs try scoring record tonight in #nrlindigenousround,’ he wrote, accompanied by two love heart emojis in the team’s red and green colours.
Albanese’s love for the Bunnies is deep and well known, and he gets to games as often as his schedule allows.
Souths tragic Anthony Albanese poses with Alex Johnston after the winger broke the club’s all-time tryscoring record in the big win over Wests Tigers
Albo wore his Bunnies scarf in federal parliament in the lead-up to the club’s drought-breaking 2014 premiership victory
He famously stood in federal parliament in 1999 when Souths were chucked out of the competition in controversial circumstances that saw 80,000 footy fans march down Sydney’s George Street in protest.
The prime minister called on the NRL to reinstate his team and didn’t mince his words at the despatch box.
‘Like the working-class people who support them, South Sydney have always paid their way – unlike teams such as Melbourne and Cronulla who would be insolvent were it not for News Limited,’ he said.
‘And people from this proud tradition know how to fight, in parliament, in the streets and in the court.’
The member for Grayndler ripped into the NRL for dropping Souths out of the competition in 1999 during a fiery speech in parliament
Morrison wore his Sharks cap as he left Kirribilli House on Saturday as he and his family prepared to move back into their regular home
The member for Grayndler went to the 2014 grand final to see the Bunnies win their first premiership for 43 years and is often seen sporting Souths gear even when he’s not going to the footy.
Morrison was Cronulla’s No.1 ticket holder when they won their first premiership in 2016 and wholeheartedly backed the club when it sought help to redevelop its home ground.
‘I love coming down here on game day and you see the kids walking into the ground with their mums and dads, their aunties and uncles and their grandparents,’ he explained.
‘I think that’s what footy is all about.’
He was even wearing a Sharks cap as he left Kirribilli House on Saturday as he prepared to move back into the family home after the shattering election defeat.
His time at the game on Saturday was a stark contrast to how he celebrated his underdog win in the 2019 election, when he was seen having a beer while cheering his team on during their loss to Manly.