A Collingwood fan has pulled one of the oldest pranks in the book to try and disrupt the Brisbane Lions ahead of the 2023 AFL Grand Final.
While there are numerous ways for fans to try and get under the skins of players ahead of big games in the modern era, one decided to go for the old school prank call – with a measure of success.
Hawks and Lions legend Luke Hodge has revealed that a footy fan called the Lions’ hotel overnight, telling reception there was an illness in the Brisbane co-captain’s family and he wasn’t answering his phone – and got put through to Andrews’ room.
When he picked up, the fan told him, ‘You won’t be taking any intercept marks today!’
Andrews is one of the best key defenders in the game and is the Lions’ intercept king – so it’s likely that fan will be proved wrong.
Hodge had a stellar career with the Hawks, playing 305 games and winning four premierships, three as captain.
Harris Andrews may have had a disrupted night’s rest after a fan managed to prank call him on the eve of the AFL Grand Final
Former Hawk and Lion Luke Hodge revealed the prank call, after lashing the preliminary final umpires for their performances during the week
He was also a two-time Norm Smith Medal winner and three-time All Australian, before finishing his career in Brisbane where he notched up 41 appearances.
During the week Hodge was heavily critical of the umpires in the preliminary final between Collingwood and GWS – with three of those officials being axed for the decider.
‘It’ll be interesting to see how many of those umpires get a job next week. If you go through a lot of those free kicks that were missed, they will not be at the MCG,’ Hodge told SEN’s Crunch Time.
‘I’m not being harsh on them, but this is a prelim final where we put in an extra umpire to make sure we don’t miss anything.
‘We’ve got umpires that overrule from 70 metres away three weeks ago, but then when it comes to a prelim when one point causes a win or a loss and a season to finish for a team and the umpires put the whistle away.
‘A lot of those decisions were pathetic.’
Of the four umpires who officiated the GWS and Collingwood preliminary final, only Simon Meredith earned a spot at the grand final.
He has been joined by Matt Stevic, Hayden Gavine and Robert Findlay.