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A random golfer’s search for a wayward ball steals show during AFL’s grand final announcement

Footy fans hung on Gill McLachlan’s every word as he crushed all remaining hope of a WA grand final, but in the distance one golfer’s struggle to find a wayward ball provided a much needed perspective check and stole the show from the AFL chief executive.

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Press conferences can be long and frankly boring, but during the near 20-minute presentation the beautiful Brisbane backdrop set the scene for yet another drama to add to the growing list of disappointments in 2020.

SEE THE GOLFER’S HILARIOUS VIDEO IN THE ABOVE WINDOW

In the distance beyond Gill, the golfer trudges the perimeter of a large lake searching for his sunken ball. Hands on hips, his playing partner waits at a buggy and while he would be penalised a stroke he would gain a surplus of fans.

AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan speaks to the media during a press conference in Melbourne.
Camera IconAFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan speaks to the media during a press conference in Melbourne. Credit: DAVID CROSLING/AAPIMAGE

McLachlan’s announcement that Brisbane’s Gabba had claimed the grand final for 2020 had been anticipated for some time but the moment provided some comic relief Western Australian and South Australian footy diehards who remained optimistic.

The AFL boss flagged WA’s tough border policy as the main driver for the decision.

“We have the ability to reduce the number or if needed move the grand final to South Australia,” he continued.

“(Perth) were not a distant third… they have the toughest borders in the country.

“In the end to play any finals there including the grand final would be a seven-day quarantine.

The golfer is yet to be identified, his score was believed to be terrible.

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