A big crowd walks with Neale Daniher to the MCG ahead of the round 12 match between  Melbourne Demons and Collingwood. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
A big crowd walks with Neale Daniher to the MCG ahead of the round 12 match between Melbourne Demons and Collingwood. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Incredible scenes as MCG overwhelmed

GATES at the MCG had to be opened early as the AFL's Big Freeze 4 completely overwhelmed the venue.

In incredible scenes at the iconic Aussie venue, the queue of supporters trying to get into the stadium before the annual event kicked off was so great officials had to open the gates early.

A huge crowd had earlier marched with event organiser and footy legend Neale Daniher from Federation Square to the MCG.

The event raises funds and awareness to fight MND (motor neurone disease).

The annual tradition of footy personalities and Melbourne identities sliding down a temporary slide into a freezing pool of ice water has been expanded in 2018 with all 18 AFL coaches involved.

It is also the last time Daniher will be heavily involved in the running of the event which sets the scene for Collingwood's annual Queen's Birthday clash with Melbourne.

Daniher's pre-match pep talk to the coaches was televised by Channel 7, giving a taste of things to come.

The coaches definitely delivered for the big occasion.

GWS coach Leon Cameron flies through the air. Picture: Michael Klein
GWS coach Leon Cameron flies through the air. Picture: Michael Klein

The early highlights included Giants coach Leon Cameron sporting a Ferrari Formula 1 driver costume after being told early in his coaching tenure that he'd been handed the keys to a Ferrari in charge of the talented GWS list.

Twins Chris Scott and Brad Scott also won plenty of praise when they showed up dressed as each other in North Melbourne and Geelong polo shirts to cause complete confusion.

Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan said he even twinged his hamstring when he went date over biscuit trying to climb out of the shallow pool.

Chris Fagan was in a hurry to get out of the ice. Picture: Jason Edwards
Chris Fagan was in a hurry to get out of the ice. Picture: Jason Edwards

Former coach Daniher has become a prominent figure in the fight against motor neurone disease, but this will be the last year he is involved so heavily.

 

Daniher expects if he is still alive this time next year, MND will have taken away his speech.


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