AFL club Collingwood have released hilarious footage of their pre-game address that inspired them to a 65-point mauling of GWS Giants on Mother’s Day.
Prior to to the game, Beau McCreery’s mother, Julie, was introduced to the players by popular coach Craig McRae.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Julie McCreery fires up Collingwood with epic pre-game speech.
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Collingwood released the footage on social media on Monday, calling it “one of the all-time great pre-match speeches”.
Judging by the players’ reaction – during the speech and in the game – that claim is hard to argue against.
“To inspire you with my words, (I) try to show things that may lift you to another level,” McRae said before the game.
“But I don’t think I’m capable of that, so I’ve gotta get someone that is.”
Enter Julie McCreery to a rousing reception and a very embarrassed Beau.
“Righto boys,” she said as the players roared.
“First of all, I just wanted to thank you all so much for the hard work you’ve done so far this season.
“Going out there and doing what you do best, playing exciting footy and winning. You make us all so proud.
“And what a special day today in front of all your beautiful mums and partners on Mother’s Day.”
As it turned out, Julie was just warming up.
“Go out there, make us proud. Believe in yourselves, believe in each other. Chase that ball!”
At this point the players were in stitches and when Julie yelled “tackle hard” she received a thunderous applause.
“Win those contests! And when you’re in front of the goals, make it count! When you do, blow your mummas a kiss. So go out there and rip it up boys,” she concluded with a fist pump.
Collingwood went on to score record their second-biggest win of the year and McRae said Julie could feature again.
“It was just fantastic. She has great character,” McRae said told reporters after the game.
“We like to keep our meetings on match-day light in the first bit of it, find some sense of humour.
“I‘m not that funny but I try to be – and then we get serious. Part of the start of every meeting tries to have a sense of humour attached to it.
“Julie was exceptional … I think we will release it this week and you’ll be able to see how good she was.”
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