Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has given a brilliant response to Basil Zempilas’ bizarre grand final snub, which saw the Perth lord mayor fail to call him up to the dais for the customary speech.
It’s tradition that every premiership-winning coach makes their way to the dais to deliver a speech, which Goodwin should have been invited to do after the Demons’ 74-point defeat of the Western Bulldogs in Perth.
But Zempilas overlooked that step in proceedings, dashing Goodwin’s chance to address viewers and listeners after leading Melbourne to their first premiership since 1964.
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“I got shafted, didn’t I?” Goodwin joked on Nine’s The Sunday Footy Show.
“I didn’t know what happened there, I had it all ready to go, I had the cheat notes and a few sponsors to single out.”
When asked what he would have said, Goodwin gave a shout-out to the thousands of Demons supporters, many of whom are in lockdown.
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“I just would’ve said to the supporters and everyone at home, this is us, this is who we are and they should be so proud,” Goodwin said.
“Hopefully all the supporters back home are enjoying it. I know they’re in lockdown, but speaking to a few I know they’re sinking a few beers.”
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