“I must admit it went through my mind, ‘I wonder how much it would take to hire a cherry picker,'” Hutchinson said.
But then he accepted the new reality, shrugged his shoulders and settled down like most to watch the game on the box.
“I comprehended the seriousness of the whole situation, realised it was an extreme situation and there was just no way I could have safely attended the match,” Hutchinson said.
“It was a very unusual feeling.”
To his credit Hutchinson hasn’t lost his spirit, saying he will not be missing too many more once crowds return.
“Hopefully I can recommence the sequence. I wonder how far down the track I could get,” Hutchinson said.
FYFE DANGERFIELD GIVES THE GAME A SHOUT OUT
Last week Snap Shot introduced you to the British singer Fyfe Dangerfield and lo and behold, the singer himself sent an email saying he has heard of the footballing pair and thought it a great laugh that his name bore the surname of two modern greats.
He explained his parents called him Fyfe after an old Scottish TV reporter Fyfe Robertson, who was famous for his haggard appearance, and his mother’s maiden name is Dangerfield.
The singer-songwriter isn’t wasting time in hibernation, performing live online on his birdwatcher series on channelsmaychange.com, and Snap Shot reckons there is a chance he might give a shout out to the AFL next time he performs.
The question we haven’t asked is whether he thinks Fyfe or Dangerfield is the better player. With two Brownlows it’s hard to argue against Fyfe, unless of course you’re Dangerfield.
But what if you’re both?
SHERRIN FEELING FLAT
Russell Corp makes the famous TW Sherrin in Victoria, so obviously they are hating not having football around as much as anyone this autumn.
But from a business point of view they have some room to breathe, with a diverse range and 75-80 per cent of all their footy deliveries to leagues around the country occurring before mid-March. Given the product is produced at home, too, they can adjust their supply chains quickly to reflect demand.
Chris Lambert, Russell Corp’s managing director, said the company was focusing on making footballs available for families and individuals who want to have something to kick around during this hibernation period, so they are in a position to help the football community as needed.
“We are focusing right now on what we can do for football in 2020. We will also be working on future 2021 product ranges to ensure when we get through this crisis, both Sherrin and football are poised to bring the joy of our game back to fans and communities. For now it’s about how we can help families enjoy playing footy in the backyard,” Lambert said.
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.