AFL Grand Final: Brendan Fevola jumps into Yarra River after heartbreaking loss in Fox Footy Longest Kick, Daniel Rich wins

Cult former Lion and Blue Brendan Fevola, who kicked over 600 goals in a career that bagged him two Coleman Medals, has had his heart broken by his former teammate.

Fevola was taking part in Fox Footy’s Longest Kick competition, which sees current and former players attempt to kick as far as they can across Melbourne’s Yarra River.

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The 42-year-old flew up the leaderboard, launching a long bomb well over 60m to easily qualify for the kick-off against Daniel Rich, Adam Saad, Mason Redman and Isaac Smith.

It quickly became a two-horse race between the retiring Rich and Fevola, who won the Longest Kick in 2017.

Fevola let rip with a huge torpedo that flew 67.3 metres. But just as he thought he’d taken the lead from Rich, it was announced his kick fell an agonising 10cm short of Rich’s 67.4m leading distance with his biggest kick.

Rich then proceeded to blow the competition out of the water with a 69.5m bomb, enough for the 33-year-old defender to take home the $10,000 prize.

Fevola’s heartbreak was on full display, holding his head in his hands and calling for a TV replay.

When his final kick fell short of Rich’s benchmark, Fevola had had enough, and jumped into the murky waters of the Yarra River in protest.

Brisbane fans will be hoping Rich’s win is an omen for the Lions, who take on Collingwood in a blockbuster Grand Final match-up.

Meanwhile, he may not have made it to the top five but Daniel Gorringe made an impression by turning up dressed as KISS frontman Gene Simmons — complete with face paint and wig.

“I thought it was the longest KISS competition so I guess this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense right now,” the former Blues and and Suns player told Fox Footy.

“I prepared to kiss. This didn’t go the way I thought it would but I guess we’ll try do a longest kick here.

“Feeling good. If it was a kissing competition I’d be sweet but I don’t like my chances here.”

The competition has been held since 2015, and sees participants attempt to kick a football across Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River to claim the title of the longest boot in football, as well as a $10,000 prize. It takes a 75m kick to clear the far bank of the Yarra, and to date no one has gotten all the way, although Carlton’s Bryce Gibbs got close in 2016 with his 72m torpedo kick.

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