Australia’s newest Prime Minister showed the nation he is a man of many talents on Thursday night, slotting a perfect field goal at his favourite team’s home ground.
The 50-year-old was billed to make his first television interview, but used the slot to put previous national leaders’ sporting abilities to shame rather than discuss policy.
Mr Morrison spoke with Darryl Brohman from The Footy Show at his local ‘Shark Park’ in Cronulla, showcasing a handy grubber kick and picture-perfect drop kick.
The rugby league fan and diehard Cronulla Sharks supporter showed far more grace on the footy field than many of the leaders before him.
Australia’s newest prime minister showed the nation he is a man of many talents as he slots a perfect field goal
From Kevin Rudd’s bizarre handball technique and John Howard’s shameful bowling – Australian prime ministers have had a bad run of embarrassing themselves while trying to show off their sporting prowess in front of cameras.
In 2017, Malcolm Turnbull failed miserably while trying his hand at a game of basketball.
Under pressure from a hall filled with camera-ready onlookers, Mr Turnbull was unable to get a basketball in the hoop from almost directly underneath it.
His predecessor Tony Abbott also copped an onslaught of ridicule after limping from a second grade rugby game with a calf injury just ten minutes in.
The 60-year-old former prime minister was also relentlessly mocked for his love of tight and bright speedos when swimming.
Under pressure from a hall full of onlookers and recording devices on hand, Malcolm Turnbull was unable to get a basketball in the hoop from almost directly underneath it
Kevin Rudd’s uncoordinated attempt at handball with a group of school-aged students saw him become the subject of widespread ridicule
The former leader drew laughs from students and teachers as he tried to hit the tennis ball
Tony Abbott copped an onslaught of ridicule after limping from a second grade rugby game with a calf injury just ten minutes in. He was also targeted for his love of tight speedos
John Howard, who served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007, was known for his daily morning power walks and questionable tracksuit choices.
Famously, on one of Mr Howard’s trips to Pakistan while in power, he was filmed blundering three separate bowls on a makeshift cricket pitch in front of locals.
He eventually switched positions in defeat in front of the cheering crowd.
Bob Hawke, who served two terms and was Labor’s longest-serving Prime Minister, was left injured when a game of friendly cricket took a dark turn.
A rogue cricket ball smashed him in the face, shattering his glasses and sending him to the emergency room with shards of glass lodged in his eye.
Kevin Rudd’s uncoordinated attempt at handball with a group of school-aged students is a far cry from Mr Morrison’s impeccable ball-handling skills.
While Mr Rudd flailed his limbs trying to connect with the tennis ball, Mr Morrison calmly slotted two from three field goals, with the other hitting the post.
‘Brilliant kicking from our prime minister,’ Mr Brohman, a retired rugby league player-turned commentator, said.
John Howard was recorded blundering three separate bowls on a makeshift cricket pitch, before switching positions in defeat in front of a cheering crowd
Bob Hawke was injured when shards of glass were lodged in his eye after a game of friendly cricket turned costly
A rogue cricket ball smashed him in the face, shattering his glasses and costing him a trip to the emergency room
Mr Morrison’s success was mirrored when the pair moved on to performing grubber kicks.
Aside from an intentional stray kick which flew directly into his interviewer’s chest, the Prime Minister received positive praise for that skill as well.
He spoke of his excitement to hopefully see his team win a second grand final, as the Sharks silently sneak into the coveted top four position a week out of finals.
Mr Morrison pointed to the stands where he and his daughter still sit to enjoy games, slamming suggestions he would move to a corporate box after his promotion.
‘Mate, I’ll be sitting right there, nothing will change,’ he said.
Aside from a stray kick which flew directly into his interviewer’s chest, the prime minister received positive praise for that skill as well