Anthony Albanese sends grand final breakfast into hysterics as he roasts Gil McLachlan over Brownlow incident that saw Demons star Christian Petracca blow up at AFL boss
- Anthony Albanese had a cheeky crack at AFL boss Gil McLachlan at the grand final breakfast
- The Prime Minister said he was fortunate McLachlan didn’t have to pronounce his Italian last name given his stuff-up with Christian Petracca
- The 59-year-old also made reference to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the hilarious introduction
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese sent the AFL Grand Final breakfast crowd into hysterics after roasting AFL boss Gil McLachlan for his poor pronunciation of Italian last names, that saw star Christian Petracca blow up at the Brownlow Medal Awards.
Albanese tore McLachlan to shreds at the traditional big dance breakfast hosted by the North Melbourne Kangaroos.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks during the 2022 North Melbourne Grand Final breakfast on Saturday morning
Upon his introduction, the 59-year-old congratulated CEO Gil McLachlan on his time with the AFL, making a cheeky dig at his Brownlow medal stuff-up.
‘I’m glad that you didn’t have to do the honours in introducing me today,’ Albanese said.
‘I understand from Christian Petracca that you have a few problems with Italian surnames.’
Board members and leader of the opposition Peter Dutton broke out in laughter, where McLachlan was visibly caught off-guard by the jab.
McLachlan laughs off the embarrassment after being roasted by Anthony Albanese for mispronouncing Italian last names
Yet Albanese’s antics didn’t end there.
The Rabbitohs supporter made a reference to Tony Abbott when talking about the AFL’s famous Yarra parade, where grand final players float down the river while fans flock to the banks.
‘To Gil I would say having watched the parade on the Yarra yesterday, to quote a former Prime Minister, ‘we do need to stop the boats’.’
The crowd erupted once more, before Albanese went about the formalities of his speech.
McLachlan was blasted for his pronunciation of star Demons midlfielder Christian Petracca while announcing points for the Brownlow medal.
Demons star Christian Petracca looks on during the Brownlow Medal points tally where he finished sixth
The 26-year-old who finished sixth with 24 votes was seen saying ‘it’s Petracca, for f***’s sake’, just after the boss read out his name.
McLachlan had repeatedly pronounced his last name ‘Pet-rack-a’ when the correct pronunciation is ‘Pet-rah-ka’.
Fox Footy posted Albanese’s hilarious stab to Twitter with the caption ‘Albo out here doing GEAR’.
Albanese puts boot to ball during an AFL Reclink Community Cup match in Marrickville, 2019
The Prime Minister has already supported the AFL in their future ventures during his short tenure in the top job, backing their bid to expand into Tasmania.
Over the past two decades, Hawthorn, North Melbourne and St Kilda have all played home games in the Apple Isle – the Saints’ agreement ended in 2006 – and Tasmania has long been a candidate to become the home of the next AFL team.
In 2019, Albanese took to the field for a charity event, where he was seen decked out in local Western Walers kit.
Albanese dons his Sydney Swans scarf during the North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast on Saturday morning
Post speech the PM took photos with Kangaroos president Sonya Hood and 1996 premiership player Dani Laidley while wearing his Sydney Swans scarf.