- Prime Minister had a cheeky dig at Magpies fans
- Unfolded at annual AFL Grand Final Breakfast
- Collingwood supporters are loathed by their rivals
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has set the tone ahead of the AFL Grand Final following a tongue in cheek joke about Collingwood supporters.
Albanese attended the annual Grand Final Breakfast on Saturday hosted by North Melbourne and had many in stitches after his one-liner.
The nation’s leader told the crowd Opposition Leader Peter Dutton once said the streets of Melbourne were so dangerous that people were avoiding heading out for dinner.
‘Well, if the Pies win today you might finally be right about that,’ Albanese, a noted Hawthorn fan, quipped.
Magpies fans are often mocked by rival supporters due to their working class roots dating back to the 1920s.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has set the tone for the AFL Grand Final following a tongue in cheek joke about Collingwood supporters (pictured, at the Grand Final Breakfast)
The Magpies are the team many AFL fans love to hate (pictured, Collingwood supporters at the MCG on Saturday)
Collingwood ($1.75) are slight favourites ahead of Brisbane ($2.10) heading into the decider (pictured, a family of Magpies fans)
They have long been painted as the AFL team everyone loves to hate, much like the Manly Sea Eagles in the NRL.
Curtin University cultural studies expert, Professor Jon Stratton, believes Collingwood’s ‘sustained success over many decades breeds resentment and antagonism.’
Former club president Eddie ‘Everywhere’ McGuire was another reason why Collingwood were loathed by many footy fans.
Opposition leader Peter Dutton later responded to the PM’s roast with his own jibe on stage.
He started by thanking North Melbourne for their hospitality before pointing out it was a testing year for the Kangaroos, who avoided the wooden spoon on percentages.
‘There’s no doubt though that they are on the up,’ he began.
‘There’s also no pressure, of course because after you’ve received an AFL assistance package that makes Albo and Alan Joyce’s deal with Qantas over Qatar look like a rounding error.
‘We will want to see some finals action by the Kangaroos next year.’