Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets with "club legend" Jarrad Cirkel also known as J.Rod at the Bridgenorth Football Club in Launceston, Tasmania, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)
A prime minister and a ruckman with a glorious mullet walk into a northern Tasmanian football club....
Scott Morrison was hoping to win over a clutch of undecided voters in the crucial swing seat of Bass on Tuesday night. But it was reluctant local celebrity Jarrad "J Rod" Cirkel who really stole the show.
"That has the PM's endorsement as the best mullet I have seen," Mr Morrison told the lanky midfielder.
Mr Morrison was in town to promise the Bridgenorth Parrots more money for lighting and better drainage.
With a stubbie in hand, he gravitated straight to the part-time builder and TAFE teacher with seven-year locks down his back.
Cirkel reckons the prime minister may have been targeting the "bogan vote" with his local announcement.
"Especially coming to local footy clubs," the ruckman told AAP.
"He's probably got a lot of people here that aren't really into their politics."
Cirkel, a Liberal voter who's been around the club for 17 years, wasn't too swayed by the palaver.
"I reckon it's going to be pretty tight but hopefully they'll get in," he said of this weekend's federal election.
"Hopefully the Liberals get up, but if they don't, well, it's power to the people."
The Liberals are hoping to snatch Bass from Labor MP Ross Hart, who holds the volatile northern Tasmanian electorate by a margin of 5.4 per cent.
The coalition also has its eyes on the Labor-held northwest electorate of Braddon.
The prime minister shared a feed with the Bridgenorth footy team after training before having a kick under the lights.
He sprayed the first few dismal attempts, but slotted his third crack through the big sticks.
Mr Morrison will fly out of Launceston on Wednesday morning as he works his way up the east coast.
With just three days remaining until the polls, he is expected to spread his time across Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
No major announcements are tipped to crop up on his campaign trail, with the prime minister instead expected to trickle out a breadcrumb trail of seat-by-seat local promises.
© AAP 2019