Another year, another Mad Monday masterclass by Geelong, which has strengthened its status as the AFL kings of the post-season celebration.
Less than two days after claiming the 2022 premiership in emphatic fashion, Cats players arrived at the Wharf Shed in Geelong on Monday to let their (grey) hair down.
As always, they didn’t disappoint.
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Led by Patrick Dangerfield, a party of Cats players limped out of a retirement home van dressed as pensioners with Zimmer frames and into the pub, where club champion Billy Brownless was waiting to greet them at the front door.
Isaac ‘Norm’ Smith fell out the bus before being helped to his feet by Dangerfield.
Other Cats to emerge from the retirement home van included Gary Rohan, Sean Higgins, Tom Hawkins, Joel Selwood, Rhys Stanley, Mark Blicavs, Zach Tuohy, Tom Atkins and Mitch Duncan.
The Cats, of course, just fielded the oldest team to ever win a VFL/AFL premiership.
Dangerfield said it was all Selwood’s idea.
“Wednesday pre-Grand Final, Joel sent a text around saying ‘I’ve organised a retirement bus for Mad Monday’ – so it was great to see the captain’s head was well and truly in the game and ready for performance. And then the kits came later,” Dangerfield said.
Jeremy Cameron, who stole the show in the Grand Final aftermath after placing a premiership medallion on a cow, was the last player to rock up and came dressed as his now-famous chicken.
“I thought about bringing the cow, but I thought a few people might’ve been a bit unhappy about that and I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with it afterwards,” Cameron told reporters upon arrival.
“I thought I’d come as my chicken. I brought all you guys (reporters) a couple of gifts (eggs) actually … I dressed up like this and taught them how to lay. After a couple of big nights, I had to sleep in the chicken coop anyway and here I am.
“They didn’t lay for six months and now they’re on fire!”
While club spiritual leader Sammy Moorfoot came as Cameron, complete with cowboy hat and a No. 5 Geelong jumper.
Other players arrived as UFC fighters, Lakers players and soccer players.
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