AFL coaching twins Brad and Chris Scott have played a hilarious practical joke on fans and media ahead of the Big Freeze 4 match between Melbourne and Collingwood at the MCG.
One of the highlights of a blockbuster day came before the first bounce, with all 18 coaches taking part in the fourth Freeze MND ice bath slide.
The coaches were encouraged to dress up for the annual event, which raises money and awareness for motor neurone disease (MND).
Greater Western Sydney’s coach Leon Cameron had onlookers in stitches after taking to the slide fully decked out in Ferrari gear, in a cheeky salute to a frequently cited reference to his Giants squad.
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But the Scott twins stole the show after it initially appeared they had made no effort whatsoever to get into the fancy dress theme.
“Well Brad you haven’t gone to much effort and Chris you haven’t gone to much effort either,” Seven’s Tim Watson said after both men took their robes off to reveal they were wearing their own club’s gear.
However, Watson was promptly informed that the twins had actually swapped clubs for the spectacle and the brother he thought was Chris and the one he took to be Brad, were actually the other way around.
Confusion still reigned as Chris Scott, dressed as Brad in North Melbourne gear, was the first to hit the slide and take the plunge into the icy pool of water below.
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Demons coach Simon Goodwin, dressed as a snow skier, led the charge and four-time Hawthorn premiership coach Alastair Clarkson was last down the slide.
Clarkson poked fun at his recent spat with Sydney counterpart John Longmire over blocking tactics by defenders and his meeting over coffee with AFL boss Gillon McLachlan about the issue.
He dressed up as the Swans coach, complete with rubber horse mask in reference to Longmire’s nickname.
“There’s been a bit of argy bargy going on between myself and the big Horse Longmire,” Clarkson told Channel Seven, smiling broadly.
“It’s actually been a pretty big day … I came down and had a cup of coffee with Gill.
“This is a great day that has gone from strength to strength … what a great cause and what a great man.”
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Clarkson’s sentiments were echoed by his counterparts, who agreed to take part in the fundraiser out of respect for Neale Daniher, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease four years ago, and to help his efforts to find a cure.
It was a big ask of Pies coach Nathan Buckley and Goodwin, who took the plunge about an hour before the opening bounce.
Most of the coaches’ outfits were light-hearted, but Buckley wore a fireman’s suit in tribute to Magpies supporter Murray Swinton.
Swinton, a career firefighter, was diagnosed with MND in January and was on hand to see Buckley slide into the icy water wearing his fireman’s helmet.
Donations to this year’s fundraising effort exceeded $1m while the slide event was underway, with the total amount given for care and research efforts since the first Big Freeze in 2015 to just over $23m.
Former coach Daniher has become a prominent figure in the fight against motor neurone disease, but this will be the last year he is involved so heavily.
Daniher expects if he is still alive this time next year, MND will have taken away his speech.