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Prime Minister [/news/scott-morrison/index.html Scott Morrison] has asked footy fans to 'cut him some slack' for his lack of [/sport/afl/index.html AFL] knowledge of the sport's blockbuster grand final.
Speaking at the annual North [/news/melbourne/index.html Melbourne] Grand Final breakfast on Saturday morning, Mr Morrison admitted he felt like 'an atheist turning up at the pearly gates'.
Widely known as an [/sport/nrl/index.html NRL] fan, the Prime Minister acknowledged the 'religious fever' the AFL has provoked across the country.
Scott Morrison (pictured) has asked footy fans to 'cut him some slack' after acknowledging he doesn't know much about the AFL, ahead of the blockbuster grand final
After weeks of turmoil in Canberra, Mr Morrison said Saturday's game was an opportunity for Australians to 'get caught up in something bigger than ourselves'.
Mr Morrison wasn't the only politician in attendance, with diehard West Coast Eagles supporter Julie Bishop clad in blue and gold in the crowd.
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Her team travels east to face the Collingwood Magpies in the 2018 AFL Grand Final on Saturday afternoon.
The breakfast was attended by hundreds of football fans, and featured keynote speeches from AFL CEO Gillian McLachlan, North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley and Opposition leader Bill Shorten.
Julie Bishop (pictured) was in attendance at the AFL Grand https://fusionpedia.org/wiki/VR_Vacations_Provide_Comfort_From_Being_Stuck_At_Home:_The_First_Time_I_Tried_It_I_Saw_A_City_In_Spain Final breakfast, and will be at the MCG cheering on her beloved West Coast Eagles
Comedians debated the whether the AFL's proposed rule changes need to be made.
Mr Morrison asked the football-mad crowd to 'cut me a bit of slack'.
'On my own sporting prowess, I confess I've watched a lot more sport than I've played.'
He also paid tribute to the new AFLW league and its 'new breed of heroes and champions'.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten continued the theme of political jokes.
'I'd like to say a big thank you to North Melbourne for having me back for my fifth breakfast and my third Liberal Prime Minister,' he said.
'To Gil McLachlan, congratulations on another great season. On a personal note, thank you for sorting out a babysitter for my wife Chloe and I today.'
Mr Morrison says the AFL has culminated in a 'religious fever' for many fans (pictured)
Mr Shorten also praised the league for the Indigenous participation in the game.
'It's quite remarkable really, 80 of the listed players are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.'
The breakfast was hosted by commentary duo Dwayne Russell and Gerard Healy and also featured retired AFL stars Brent Harvey and Dermott Brereton and ALFW player Kaitlyn Ashmore.
The annual event takes place every year in anticipation of the AFL grand final, with Collingwood and West Coast clashing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, first bounce scheduled for 2.30pm.
More than 90,000 fans will fill the MCG on Saturday afternoon, hoping to see their captain lift the premiership cup.
Pictured: Captains Shannon Hurn (left) and Scott Pendlebury (right)