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Big names from sports and politics attend the AFL Grand Final breakfast ahead of Cats v Swans at the MCG

A number of well-known names from Australian sport and politics turned out for the official AFL Grand Final breakfast in Melbourne on Saturday – but the event’s main sponsor will balk at an image that has the potential to go viral online.

Australian advocates of safer drinking culture, DrinkWise, sponsored the sold-out event – which started at 8am and cost $250 a ticket – and it wasn’t long before a faux pas surfaced at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

When former North Melbourne Kangaroos coach Dani Laidley entered the room, a beer bottle was clearly visible on a table behind her.

Given that the event was a breakfast and alcohol was consumed before 10am, this wasn’t the type of image DrinkWise wanted to associate their brand with.

A-Listers in attendance included AFL legends Jonathan Brown, Jarryd Roughead and Cameron Mooney, as well as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton.

Albanese left the room in stitches as he playfully chipped AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan, who struggled to pronounce Melbourne Demons star Christian Petracca’s last name at last Sunday’s Brownlow Medal.

“I would like to congratulate Gill on an outstanding career in the AFL,” the Prime Minister said of the outgoing Footy boss.

‘[However] I understand from Christian Petracca you have some problems with Italian surnames.’

Albanese was not done yet, calling out the immigration policies of the now-defunct Morrison government.

He compared it to the AFL parade down the Yarra River on Friday, which drew a lot of criticism from footy fans.

‘Gill, I would say I saw the parade on the Yarra yesterday [Friday] To quote a former prime minister, “We have to stop the boats,” Albanese said.

The tongue-in-cheek comment was met with a roar of laughter – and even opposition leader Dutton was seen smiling at the jibe.

Albanese then had another altercation with Morrison, citing how the former Prime Minister had secretly sworn himself into several portfolios as Australia’s leader.

“I’m really concerned that when I was in London last week, Richard Marles was the acting Prime Minister, so I’m concerned that he has sworn in as Minister for Cats and approved another refurbishment of Kardinia Park,” joked he.

Nick Riewoldt, a great St Kilda commentator, became Fox Footy.

Guests were entertained by Australian rock legend Diesel, with laughs provided by comedian Nick Cody.

The AFL Grand Final between Geelong and Sydney at the MCG starts at 2.30pm.

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