Geelong Cats nail Mad Monday submit season celebrations as Gryan Miers salutes Gerard Whateley and Lionel Messi tweet frenzy

Geelong could also be out of the finals for the primary time since 2015, however the reigning premiers nonetheless obtain the perfect on floor votes for his or her elite Mad Monday celebrations.

This 12 months’s headline performer was none aside from Gryan Miers, who was on the centre of a pretend tweet from main AFL broadcaster Gerard Whateley that circulated earlier within the season, stating the winger was “higher than (Lionel) Messi”.

“Gryan Miers is to AFL what Leo Messi is to soccer. Messi might kick extra targets, however Miers scans the sector simply as properly. Possibly even higher than Messi does,” the tweet, falsely attributed to Whateley learn.

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The tweet despatched the AFL world right into a frenzy, with Whateley himself replying to the pretend quote, asking for it to be deleted from Twitter, stating “I by no means mentioned this and it needs to be eliminated #fakequote.”

However Miers, together with teammate Max Holmes arrived on the Wharf Shed in Geelong bringing gentle to the scenario in a trend solely Geelong can.

Miers dressed as Messi, whereas Holmes got here as Whateley with the pretend tweet in hand on a poster board.

The costumes, which circulated social media, reached Whateley again in Melbourne, who, regardless of his preliminary anger with the scenario, noticed the humorous aspect to the celebrations.

“I am right here for this … good humour lads,” Whateley wrote on Twitter.

One other memorable costume was pulled collectively by famous person ahead Tom Hawkins, premiership midfielder Cam Guthrie and retiring champion Isaac Smith, who supplied much more laughs on Monday.

The trio got here dressed as the controversial Adelaide aim line determination that value the Crows’ a finals berth, with Hawkins and Guthrie the goalposts, and Smith as Ben Keays, whose aim was disallowed.

Geelong legend Billy Brownless, who owns the Wharf Shed the place celebrations are often held was even in on the enjoyable enjoying aim umpire.

Different notable costumes included two time premiership veteran Mitch Duncan dressed as membership runner and ex-premiership Cat Shannon Byrnes in addition to younger trio Tanner Bruhn, Toby Conway and Mitch Knevitt all as Ken dolls from the ‘Barbie’ film.

Cats captain Patrick Dangerfield and ruckman Rhys Stanley channelled their internal Prime Gun, whereas defender Tom Stewart discovered similarities to YouTube and boxing star Jake Paul.

Geelong’s Mad Monday and Wacky Wednesday celebrations have turn out to be a powerful custom for the Cats and for the AFL world alike, led by triple premiership defenders Matthew Scarlett and Corey Enright.

Final 12 months’s celebrations after the Cats 81-point Grand Ultimate victory over the Swans noticed the enjoying group arrive dressed as aged males, paying tribute to their dubbed ‘retirement village’ growing older checklist.

The Cats performed their ultimate recreation of the 2023 season on Saturday evening, happening to the Bulldogs by 25-points.