- Craig McRae has revealed he is a father again
- His wife Gabrielle gave birth before the grand final
- Collingwood went on to win their game vs Brisbane
Craig McRae has delighted in ‘one of the best days of my life’ after seeing Collingwood win the AFL premiership mere hours after his wife gave birth.
McRae, 50, welcomed his first child with wife Gabrielle on Saturday morning, having had two daughters – Charlie and Chelsea – in his first marriage.
He then went on to oversee a dramatic four-point victory for the Pies over his former side Brisbane Lions in front of a sold-out MCG, the 16th premiership in Collingwood’s history.
Speaking after the final siren, McRae revealed the great news.
‘Today was already the best day of my life, because my wife gave birth to a little girl this morning at 7:45,’ he said.
Craig McRae has revealed he has become a father for a third time on grand final morning
McRae welcomed a baby daughter with his new wife Gabrielle on Saturday
‘So darling, I’m coming home tonight with the cup – I love you!’
The Herald Sun reported this week that the pair were expecting their first child together in mid-October.
‘Collingwood coach Craig McRae gets the mike-drop moment announcing his wife gave birth on Grand Final morning to their first child together,’ the Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph tweeted. ‘Which AFL coach will ever top that moment on the victory dais?’
McRae added: ‘I’d like to pay my respects to Fages [Chris Fagan] and the Brisbane Lions.
‘I’ve always got a soft spot for you guys and it’s one of the best games I’ve ever been involved in. I’ve always seen this group as a really special one and now they’re a premiership team, congratulations.
‘Two years ago we started this campaign, one of our major focuses was to bring the fans along and it’s been a hell of a journey. The Magpie Army inspires us, this one is for you.’
McRae married Gabrielle last year and she was in the rooms following Collingwood’s win over GWS in their preliminary final last week.
Collingwood went on to win the AFL grand final after a four-point victory over Brisbane
The Pies coach isn’t the only Collingwood figure welcoming a newborn baby. His midfielder, Jack Crisp, is set to welcome his third child with partner Mikayla, who is 38 weeks pregnant.
After the GWS win, Crisp told Channel Seven: ‘Just need to go check on my wife and make sure she hasn’t gone into labour.
‘We’ve got a scan on Monday, we’ll see what happens,’ he said. ‘We’ve got family down anyway. It’s Mickey’s idea not to miss. I’ll be playing next week.’