'Bit funny': Eddie McGuire's stunning act amid Aussie bushfire crisis

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Eddie McGuire has stepped in to save Dayne Beams’ premiership medal after the Collingwood star put it up for auction as a fundraiser for bushfire victims.

Beams announced on Monday that he was putting his 2010 AFL premiership medal up for auction to raise funds amid the crisis.

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For a player to part with such a prized possession says a lot about Beams - but that generosity has now been matched by Collingwood president McGuire.

Eddie McGuire bought Dayne Beams' medal. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

Beams revealed his shock on Thursday that McGuire had been the highest bidder for the medal, snaring it for $27,500.

“A big thank you to Ed and the footy club for purchasing the medal,” Beams said on Instagram.

“It’s a little bit funny, but fantastic that it’s staying at the Holden Centre and everyone can get a look at it.

“The most important thing is the amount of money that we raised … it’s going to people that really need it at this time.”

Dayne Beams in action for Collingwood. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

Sports stars rally for bushfire relief

Sports stars from home and abroad are coming together to raise money in aid of the bushfire relief efforts across Australia.

Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley announced on Wednesday that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios will headline a charity exhibition event called Rally for Relief on Rod Laver Arena.

Australian Open tournament organiser Tiley also told reporters that Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniaki and Stefanos Tsitsipas will also take part in the event to be held on the evening of January 15.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg announced the opening week of the 2020 season will be a dedicated Bushfire Appeal Round to raise money for those affected.

The NRL's plan will form part of a whole-of-game approach with the Queensland Rugby League , NSW Rugby League and the Rugby League Players Association working to devise a plan to maximise fundraising.

Rugby league's assistance comes as the AFL and Cricket Australia are considering hosting special fundraising matches next month.

An AFL State of Origin match could be held late in February, according to the Herald Sun, while the Sydney Morning Herald reports Cricket Australia will confirm a match as a curtain-raiser to the Big Bash League final on February 8.

Cricket legends Shane Warne and Jeff Thomson are auctioning their prized baggy green caps, joining a host of Australian sports stars who have joined the cause during the past week.

The latest bid for Warne's treasured piece of memorabilia stands at $510,000, ahead of Friday's deadline.

Australian Test captain Tim Paine and offspinner Nathan Lyon visited fire-affected areas in NSW on Wednesday.

"We thought it was an important time for us to come out and say G'day and thank them," Paine said.

Nine Australian NBA stars have banded together to donate more than $1 million.

Meanwhile, four Australian Baseball League matches between hosts Canberra and Adelaide scheduled for the nation's capital have been scrapped due to the poor air quality caused by the bushfires.

The series will be shared, according to ABL rules, with the Cavalry and Giants awarded two wins apiece.

with AAP