A stray kangaroo delayed the second half of a soccer (a.k.a. football to the rest of the world) game taking place between two state league teams in Canberra, Australia yesterday and his antics were all captured on video.
The kangaroo, first spotted bouncing over a low fence and onto the grounds during the halftime break of the Australian women’s soccer match where it jumped around, entertaining spectators before laying down for a rest in front of the goal and delaying the second half of the match by a half an hour.
Once the match had started, the kangaroo decided to make a return appearance, bounding onto the field during the second half already in play, and chasing players out of its way.
Eventually, the kangaroo was chased off by a shrewd groundskeeper, who gently escorted the roo off the pitch behind the wheel of a pick-up truck, driving slowly, and beeping his horn.
According to CBS Philadelphia:
Officials say the kangaroo was unhurt and took off for his natural habitat.
— CapitalFootball (@CapitalFootball) June 24, 2018
Folks had a good time watching the kangaroo’s antics:
The audacity pic.twitter.com/CZnXkhFBm8
— Gizmo (@Gizmofilmz) June 24, 2018
— ESPN Australia & NZ (@ESPNAusNZ) June 24, 2018
Was one of the most unusual things I’ve had to commentate on!!
— Russ Gibbs (@RussGibbs10) June 25, 2018
Only in Australia https://t.co/tG739qs9OQ
— Jake Heath (@JakeHeath_50) June 25, 2018
Australians took it in stride, just another day in Canberra:
Football in Canberra
This is common. We have kangaroos on our training ground often and they pop up on match day as well
Kangaroos seem as common as sea gulls in Kangaroo.
It’s always nice! https://t.co/m0E1G1tRKI
— Richard Ings (@ringsau) June 24, 2018
Some thought the ‘roo should be signed to a team, daydreaming of a kangaroo soccer league:
You see that 99 pace?? Sign this guy up ASAP https://t.co/j0Gh1oDT2c
— Deonte (@hamblend_n2) June 24, 2018
My mans was FLYIN https://t.co/Be9XejhKCM
— tim lee (@Tim_Lee_) June 24, 2018
Kangaroo soccer would be 100 percent more entertaining than regular soccer. https://t.co/DGVp7FK48P
— Joey Yudichak (@joey_yudichak) June 25, 2018
— Adele K. Thomas (@AdeleKThomas) June 24, 2018
The Roo made a tremendous run through midfield, completely unchecked & nobody played a through-ball!? Highly disappointing!
— Mike Jones (@mikeyjj) June 25, 2018