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AFL Brownlow Medal ceremony goes virtual, but the footy stars and their partners still rock red carpet looks

The Brownlow Medal 2020 ceremony usually takes place in Melbourne, but this year’s event was spread out across Australia.

The bulk of the players in the Queensland bubble were at an event at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast.

And there were events in Perth and Adelaide, as well as in Sydney and Melbourne.

AFL partners and players are shown across eight different screens with a scoreboard at the bottom on the left and right.
AFL players and their partners at Carrarra stadium, the SCG, the Gabba, Adelaide Oval, Perth Stadium and the Melbourne studio.(Supplied: Channel 7)

Things may be all over the place due to coronavirus, but the footy stars and their partners still delivered looks — even though attendees were reportedly told they didn’t need to follow a strict black tie dress code this year.

Here’s who dressed up and who didn’t (spoiler alert: everyone did).

The Brisbane Lions’ Lachie Neale and partner Julie didn’t hold back, with the new first lady of footy donning a sheer floor-length gown and tousled waves.


And Hawthorn’s Jack Gunston rocked a suit and a face mask, captioning his Instagram outfit post: “Brownlow Medal Victorian Style.”


Meanwhile, Melbourne’s Christian Petracca and his partner Bella were #Brownlow ready in Brisbane.


The Brisbane Lions’ Charlie Cameron went for a suave dark velvet ensemble, with his partner Caitlin Seeto in an equally elegant black number.

Charlie Cameron smiles as he holds his partner Caitlin by the waist. They both wear black.
Charlie Cameron, with partner Caitlin Seeto, was up for the mark of the year gong but went home empty handed.(AAP Image: Darren England)

West Coast Eagles player Luke Shuey and his partner Dani were dressed to the nines.

Shuey said he was disappointed not to be playing this weekend.


Melbourne’s Jack Viney and his wife Charlotte posed for pictures with their baby daughter Mila Grace.


And the Sydney Swans’ Luke Parker cut a dapper figure next to partner Kate Lawrence, who stood out in a red number.


Equally sharp were the Melbourne Demons’ Steven May and partner Briana.


The Western Bulldogs’ Marcus Bontempelli and Tom Libatore brought their fashion A game, both rocking up to the Gold Coast event in style.

Libatore’s suit even covered up his, “My god you’re greasy” tattoo.


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Carpet pythons make a home in Brisbane ceiling

Massive carpet snakes, so heavy they smashed a hole in a kitchen ceiling at a home near Brisbane, have given a retiree a terrifying surprise.

David Tait found the two reptiles, 2.8m and 2.5m long respectively, weighing about 22kg in total, in his Dayboro home on Monday morning.

They had smashed a hole in the fibro ceiling in his kitchen before they slithered their way to a bedroom and the living room.

Local snake catcher Steven Brown told Today it appeared he had caught two male snakes, who could have been fighting over a third, female snake.

The third snake has not been located, sparking fears it could still be living in the roof or close by to the house.

Mr Tait he had occasionally seen snakes basking on his roof on cold mornings, but had never heard movements in his roof before.

“We have a lot of bush around here so you do see snakes,’’ Mr Tait said on Today on Tuesday morning.

“But I’d never seen snakes of that size.”

“I’d been away from the night and came home to find most of the dining room ceiling on the table.

“I found one snake in the bedroom and we found one in the lounge room.”

It comes as Tuesday, September 1 marks the official beginning of snake breeding season, according to Steven Brown from Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation.

Mr Brown said the snakes in Mr Tait’s kitchen roof had been “some of the biggest and fattest” he’d ever seen.

“I got the call saying this guy had a couple of snakes, and it wasn’t until I turned up and asked if he’d left the door open overnight,” Mr Brown said.

“Then he said he hadn’t, and I thought … oh, okay, this will be interesting.”

Mr Tait said he wasn’t too keen on the possibility of a third snake still lurking about, but was grateful a snake catcher had been able to help him with his slithery problem.

Mr Brown said although carpet snakes could theoretically get up to 4m long, 3m was considered about the largest size in the wild.

“If this same incident happens to anyone, don’t take matters into your own hands,” he said.

“Call a snake catcher.”

He relocated both at a state forest about 1km away.

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