Indigenous AFL legend Syd Jackson FORGETS the coin for the toss at Swans vs Carlton game


Hilarious moment Indigenous Aussie Rules legend Syd Jackson FORGETS the coin for the toss as Swans and Carlton kick off Sir Doug Nicholls round

  • Blues legend Jackson performed coin toss to open AFL’s Indigenous celebration  
  • But he forgot one important detail – the coin – and one had to be thrown to him 
  • Garry Lyon joked that the toss might have to be decided by rock, paper, scissors 

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The AFL’s annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ contributions to not just footy but the nation got off to a beautiful start on Friday night with the Swans taking on Carlton – and there was even some unintentional comedy thrown in for good measure.

After Sydney’s Buddy Franklin and James Bell exchanged traditional gifts with Carlton’s Patrick Cripps and Jesse Motlop, Indigenous Blues legend Syd Jackson went to perform the coin toss.

Just one problem – he forgot to bring a coin.

Carlton legend Syd Jackson performed the coin toss on Friday, but forgot one important thing


Jackson was in the centre circle ahead of Carlton’s crunch Friday night clash with the Swans

However, he forgot to bring the coin onto the pitch in a hilarious moment before the bounce

Jackson shook hands with the four players before the umpire turned to him and said, ‘We’re right to go. All good to toss. Syd – you got a coin?’ 

The Indigenous Team of the Century member searched his pockets… and kept searching, going through his trousers before checking his blazer and coming up with nothing.

‘That’s a beauty, isn’t it?’ laughed Fox commentator Garry Lyon. ‘He’ll have to do the rock, paper, scissors.’

Just when it looked like Lyon might be proved right, someone threw Jackson a coin, which he caught with ease and flung into the air while Lyon chimed in with, ‘This is the longest coin toss ever.’

The Swans called heads, it came up tails, and the game got underway.

Jackson (centre) poses with (left to right) Patrick Cripps, Jesse Motlop, James Bell and Buddy Franklin after what Garry Lyon called ‘the longest coin toss ever’ 

Jackson won the flag with Carlton in 1970 and 1972, and he would’ve been impressed with what he saw from his old club in the early running at Marvel Stadium.

After a tight first quarter that saw the home side go to the break one point down, they absolutely exploded in the second term.

Carlton kicked five straight goals to Corey Durdin, Charlie Curnow, Matthew Kennedy, Curnow again and Jesse Motlop to send the crowd into raptures.

The Swans got two back before Curnow kicked true once more to bring up his fifth major of the night as the Blues dominated the possession count 75 to 44 in the shadows of halftime.

With five minutes left on the clock for the first half, Carlton were ahead 11.7 (73) to 6.0 (36) as they sent the AFL another message that they have turned the corner with gusto as a club and are a force to be reckoned with.



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