GNFL Big Freeze: Past, present players and identities among the ice bath sliders
They’re ready to go and, according to someone who’s been there and done it, they’ll probably be colder than they’ve ever imagined.
The list of brave souls ready to tackle the Great Northern Football League’s big slide at Chapman Valley tomorrow and end up in the ice bath to raise awareness for motor neurone disease includes ex-AFL stars, the president, and current and former players.
According to footy commentator and former league president Glenn Barndon, who did the big slide in 2019 and says he’s “never been so cold”, they can look forward to a right royal freezing.
“Someone like Harry Taylor this weekend would be ideal because he’s probably used to ice baths, but I’ve never been so cold in my life,” he said.
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“It was very exciting, really, and overwhelming.
“(Organiser) Mark Houston is to be congratulated.”
League president Colin Cox will be going down the slide, along with Taylor, a two-time Geelong premiership player and GNFL operations manager, after he plays for Northampton against the Royals.
Taylor said his experience would probably help, but he wouldn’t be drawn on what his costume would be.
“I did 241 ice baths one year, so I think I’ll be OK,” he said. “It’s short-term pain for a pretty good cause, and you get to dress up, too.
“I don’t want to reveal (the costume) just yet but it should be a bit of fun.”
Valley women’s players Kayley King and Brooke Elward, who have both lost grandmothers to MND, will join them. Ex-Sydney forward Mitchell “The Determinator” Morton, who won a premiership with the Swans in 2012, will also be taking the plunge, as well as turning out for the league side as a marquee player.
Past colts premiership coach Stephen Broadhurst, life members Craig Thompson and Craig Woodman, and Northampton reserves coach Ryley Fenner — who will be coaching against Houston on the day — will also dress up.
Nathan Gray, a previous club fairest and best winner who lost an aunty to MND, will be too, and former coach Brad Forrester will be up from Esperance to umpire the league game and get in line for a freezing.
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