A young soccer player has been praised for his determination and for being a good sportsman after being crushed to the ground by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Mr Morrison joined Under-8s training at the Devonport Strikers club in Tasmania while out campaigning on Wednesday.
But taking his self-dubbed “bulldozer”* title to a new level, he accidentally knocked down Luca Lark, prompting gasps and awkward laughter from the side of the field.
Mr Morrison appeared to stumble and lose his footing, enveloping Luca as he fell to the ground.
It sparked side jokes that Mr Morrison, who likes to try his hand at all sports, might have forgotten which code he was playing.
Mr Morrison quickly patted Luca on the back and then gave him a high-five to check he was okay.
Luca, 8, said he was uninjured in the crash but said he should have been awarded a free kick.
“I think someone tried to pass (the ball) to me or Mr Morrison and he tripped and he was trying not to fall on top of me so he tried to fall under me,” Luca said. on the Today TV show the next morning. .
“He told me that I was a good sportsman.”
Under-8 football coach Keegan Smith said Luca was “tough as hell” and emerged from the incident with a smile on his face.
“He’s probably more than three times more accurate training with the boys,” Mr Smith said.
“He had a huge smile on his face and I think he ended up scoring a goal after that too.”
Mr Morrison made a late afternoon visit to the electorate* of Braddon to announce a $3.5 million upgrade to the grounds and facilities at the Valley Road football ground, if he is elected.
On Wednesday evening, Mr Morrison said he spoke to Luca and his mother, Ali.
“Big thanks to young Luca for being such a great sport,” Mr Morrison wrote on Facebook.
“You may have seen that we had a little collision in club training tonight at Devonport Strikers Football Club in Tasmania.
“I spoke to Luca and his mum Ali tonight to check on him and he was fit. It’s great to be able to chat with him about his love of football and to hear that he has already scored three hat tricks in his fledgling career.
Luca’s club also showed their support.
“Our club’s values are determination, effort and respect,” the club wrote. “We believe that Luca showed a lot of determination and effort to stop the Prime Minister’s score at all costs!
“The latest star of the election is doing well and looking forward to being the star of the show at school tomorrow.”
Mr Morrison, who last week described himself as ‘a bit of a bulldozer’, was visiting Tasmania three days before the federal election.
Australians will vote to elect the next government on Saturday, with pre-election polls showing it will be a close contest.
Mr Morrison leads the Liberal Party, which hopes to form a government in a coalition* with the Nationals, while Opposition leader Anthony Albanese leads the Labor Party and hopes to become Australia’s 31st Prime Minister.
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