After lockdowns and the absence of crowds at events for much of 2020, there has been a bizarre rise in streaking incidents since the fans were allowed back in.
The AFL Grand Final, State of Origin III, the first ODI of the summer against India and more have seen pitch invaders or streakers try to get their 15 seconds of infamy.
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But while some of the biggest events of the year have seen these incidents, even some of the smaller events have as well.
To round out the year, the Burnie Gift, held in the Tasmanian port city of Burnie, hence the name, is the annual running event held since 1885.
And a pitch invader appeared to bite off more than he could chew.
In scenes reminiscent of Andrew Symonds’ famous streaker tackles of yesteryear and better suited for a rugby league field, a pitch invader (he did have pants on after all) was seemingly poleaxed from the side much to the crowd’s delight.
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The Burnie Gift title was ultimately taken out by two Victorians with Aaron Leferink winning the men’s race and Hana Basic winning the women’s title.
But it also continues the bizarre run of streaking and pitch invading in recent memory.
While it’s been part of sports for some time, the act came massively back into prominence at the 2019 Champions League final when Kinsey Wolanksi ran onto the pitch to advertise her boyfriend’s adult website.
Similarly, a pair of Australian social media influencers tried the same at the AFL grand final, while State of Origin III was interrupted twice by clothed pitch invaders and a protest at the first ODI between Australia and India got more attention for the slow response from security.
But there have been plenty more in recent memory with not all as modest as the latest crop.
Earlier this week a streaker wearing only socks invaded the Boxing Day Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan.
An Australia fan was even arrested at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan after going full frontal, which is a frowned upon in Japan.
There are countless more, including at last years’ Cricket World Cup, but while it’s nice to see fans back in the stands, it might be better if they stay in their seats.