Snap Shot: Why Simon Black threw triple premiership teammates Voss and McRae under the bus

Snap Shot is a weekly column taking a look at the lighter side of football

Simon Black was a courageous and skilled player who became a star at the Lions in his 322-game career – winning three flags, a Norm Smith Medal and a Brownlow Medal.

He was also universally popular among his teammates. At least he was, until he decided it was worth throwing a couple of ex-teammates who are coaching against each other for the first time this week under the bus for a laugh on social media.

Black posted a brilliant photo of his former skipper Michael Voss and triple premiership teammate Craig McRae showing their hairy chests while wearing the fanciest of fancy dress on Bourbon Street in New Orleans on the Lions’ 2003 post-season footy trip, which occurred just after they had won their third flag in a row.

Snap Shot wanted to know more about the ‘how?’, ‘why?‘, and most importantly ‘what for?’ but all of a sudden, the grins appeared as the ‘what happened on the road, stays on the road’ shutters went up. One of the coaches involved said he was happy to “keep people guessing”.

Snap Shot was able to glean from others that McRae was a noted master of ceremonies back in the day who loved dressing up – an attribute that makes them destined to be good coaches.

The famed Bourbon Street was lined with novelty shops and the pair took the chance to have some fun and assume a different identity for a night in bars and blues clubs across the strip and around the French Quarter precinct.

Craig McRae (centre) with Michael Voss and Justin Leppitsch after the Brisbane Lions’ third premiership in 2004.Credit:Getty Images

Of course, there were no photos of a key forward with a big booming voice, who might have the initials ‘JB’, that show he decided a Mohawk was appropriate for the week back in 2003, as Snap Shot is led to believe.

There didn’t need to be. This one was enough, of two leaders who know when to switch off and do so in style.

Let’s hope for Black’s sake there are no old photos of him floating around the Carlton and Collingwood coaches’ back garage. We can reveal he was having a bit of a chuckle when Snap Shot contacted him to ask about the photo.

From Neighbours to the AFL? It’s possible

The mid-season draft nominations list always throws up a great backstory of one of the players hoping to be plucked from obscurity on to an AFL list.

This year it’s Oakleigh Chargers player Ingo Dammersmith, who has nominated for the mid-season draft to be held on June 1, who provides the quirky yarn.

No stranger to fame, Dammersmith was the baby Oscar Scully in the long-running iconic TV show Neighbours between 2003 and 2006. Oscar was the fifth child in the Scully family and did not have to act much as become, as one person described him, a walking prop on the hip of his Neighbours mum, Lyn (Janet Andrewartha) and dad, Joe (Shane Connor).

Not quite Kylie and Jason: An AFL mid-season draft aspirant starred in Neighbours soon after birth.

His mother Anita worked on the production team, and as soon as Dammersmith, now 19, was born, he was on the set immortalised in Australia’s longest-running drama series, which finishes up in June.

Dammersmith is playing well up forward for the Chargers too, kicking five goals in a recent encounter with the Calder Cannons and, although clubs have not mentioned his name is dispatches, he will be vying for an elusive spot on an AFL list with 150 other aspiring AFL players.

The quiet football talent dancing on the ’G

While much of the attention ahead of Saturday’s Dreamtime at the ‘G focused on the Tigers’ Indigenous players joining in the Lagunta war cry before being encircled by teammates in a show of unity, there was a familiar football face leading Essendon’s war cry.

His name is Mungara Brown, who is part of the Koori Youth Will Shake Spears Aboriginal Dance Group, and he led the Bombers as part of the pre-match ceremonies.

Brown was an outstanding junior footballer with the Northern Knights who was good enough to win the 2003 Morrish Medal before injury interrupted his progress in the VFL with the Bendigo Bombers. Brown then played in the Northern Football League as a tackling machine.

But he is now involved in a range of programs supporting Indigenous men, with dancing just one way he expresses his creative spirit.

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