'Old mate in the background': Stubborn golfer steals AFL Grand Final presser

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
A stubborn golfer looking for his ball behind AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan during a press conference.
A stubborn golfer in the background of AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan's Grand Final press conference stole the show. (Image: Channel Nine)

Fans across Australia tuned in to watch CEO Gillon McLachlan historic AFL Grand Final announcement, but many couldn’t help but get distracted by the stray golfer searching for his ball in the background.

McLachlan announced Brisbane's Gabba ground will host the premiership decider on the night of October 24, with the AFL favouring Queensland over bids from Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.

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But fans noticed McLachlan was making the announcement at the Palm Meadows golf course, at the Mercure Hotel in Queensland, and one stubborn golfer was having some atrocious luck.

To the right of McLachlan’s arm, a golfer can be seen searching for his ball, with his hands on his hips, right near the lake.

Fans rightfully lost it at the persistent man, who is all of us at some point.

Others were just surprised the presser was held near a golf course.

No doubt the man would have had to fetch a new ball after a near impossible task of finding it in the lake.

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Collingwood coach Buckley says the decision to move the Grand Final away from Melbourne was the right one.

"The Queensland government needs to be acknowledged and appreciated for their role in the AFL's capacity to get a season so far down the track," Buckley told reporters on Wednesday.

"It's a bit of karma ... and it's fitting they are rewarded as a state."

Adelaide Oval is on standby to host the grand final, should Queensland suffer a COVID-19 outbreak.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said it was sad, but fair, to shift the grand final from Victoria.