AFL fans know that, try as he might, Malcolm Turnbull is not one of them.
The prime minister’s AFL knowledge, or lack thereof, has been a soft target for speakers at the North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast in Melbourne on Saturday.
Having been caught out not knowing the Sydney theme song earlier this week, Mr Turnbull copped light-hearted wise cracks from all corners including from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
“It’s lovely to be here with some legends of the game, with football administrators, passionate football lovers…and the Prime Minister,” Mr Shorten said on Saturday.
In its 50th year, the breakfast traditionally marks the start of grand final festivities and has only been missed by two prime ministers.
It also consistently mocks the VIP guests on their entry with music linked to recent events.
The prime minister’s recent trip to the United Nations was referenced with Frank Sinartra’s New York New York while in a nod to the opposition leader’s private school education, Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Man rang out as Mr Shorten arrived.
But the crowd roared loudest for Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ theme whose government’s recent outlawing of mooning was tributed with a melody of I Like Big Butts, Shake That Ass For Me and Moonshine.
As the 1400 breakfast guests settled into their seats at the Melbourne Convention Centre, AFL boss Gillon McLachlan thanked the federal leaders for joining for “a second year”.
“I haven’t been able to say that for a while,” he noted.
The prime minister reflected on AFL’s capacity to “inspire and excite” and how the Bulldogs’ run to the grand final had tested the loyalties of every opposition supporter.
But, in a white and red striped tie, Mr Turnbull conceded there would be no unity ticket with diehard Bulldogs fan Julia Gillard.
“And I suppose there is not much chance of a unity ticket with Bill – just ask Julia,” he joked.
The Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs will clash from 2.30pm at the MCG.