AFL superstar welcomes baby daughter Felicity before making a last minute dash interstate to take to the field
- Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield flew to Adelaide after birth of baby girl
- Didn’t travel with teammates after wife Mardi gave birth to second child Felicity
- 2016 Brownlow Medallist played his side’s surprise loss against Port Adelaide
AFL superstar Patrick Dangerfield almost missed playing this weekend after becoming a dad for the second time.
The 2016 Brownlow Medallist didn’t travel with his Geelong Cats teammates to Adelaide on Friday, with his wife Mardi due to give birth at any moment.
But the star midfielder was able to make a last minute dash interstate on Saturday, just in time for his match after the couple welcomed daughter Felicity on Friday.
AFL star Patrick Dangerfield and his wife Mardi (pictured with eldest son George) welcomed a baby girl Felicity on Friday
Assistant coach Matthew Scarlett confirmed Dangerfield would take to the field moments before Saturday night’s match.
‘He’s had it yesterday so well done to the Dangerfields,’ he told Triple M Footy.
‘He’s over here and ready to play, so it all worked out.’
No further details about the new arrival have been announced.
Felicity is a sister for the couple’s eldest child George, who turns two next month.
Dangerfield was one of the best on ground for the Cats with 28 touches but was unable to steer his side to victory with a surprise 9.13 (67) to 8.8 (56) loss against Port Adelaide Power.
Patrick Dangerfield flew to Adelaide for Saturday night’s game (pictured) after becoming a dad for the second time
Fans slammed commentators for their repeated references to Dangerfield’s new baby during the game.
‘If you’ve just tuned in, it’s been mentioned that Dangerfield is a father again only the 1000th time,’ one fan tweeted.
Another added: ‘How many times will the commentators talk about Dangerfield’s new baby. Why is it relevant?’
Dangerfield previously said the decision whether to play was not up to him.
‘I’ll make this very clear. I don’t have a say whether I play or not, that is purely my wife,’ he said.
The couple recently said that arrival of their second child would take priority over footy
His wife recently confirmed their new arrival would take priority over football.
‘There’s enough of our life planned around the football season so why not pop a baby out too,’ she told News Corp.
‘Things like this are bigger than football and if you could avoid (a game) you wouldn’t miss it.’
The couple announced their second pregnancy in February, with happy family snaps showing their son and Dangerfield cradling his wife’s bump.
‘In 2019 the recruiting continues…’ Dangerfield posted on Instagram alongside an emoji of a baby.
His wife took to her own Instagram to spread the news.
‘Just thought that life wasn’t crazy enough,’ she posted.
Dangerfield’s inclusion wasn’t enough to spark a Cats win against Port Adelaide