Eels legend Peter Sterling has a VERY embarrassing moment on the game’s biggest stage as Billy Slater gets slammed for taking over Phil Gould’s pre-grand final speech
Parramatta legend Peter Sterling is hoping to see the Eels finally end their 36-year wait for an NRL premiership, but he won’t want to watch back the awkward moment his handshake attempt went very wrong.
Sterling, one of the major contributors to the Eels’ era of dominance in the 1980s, was in attendance at Accor Stadium as Brad Arthur’s side attempted to defy the betting odds to win the 2022 premiership.
The 62-year-old was on hand as two youngsters brought the Provan-Summons Trophy onto the field before kick off, but had a very embarrassing moment after the prize was placed on its plinth.
Peter Sterling had an embarrassing moment ahead of the NRL grand final on Sunday
The Eels legend tried to shake a youngster’s hand but was hilariously blanked
He went to shake one of the youngster’s hand, but the mascot was not aware of the gesture and was waving to the crowd. Sterling quickly took the hand and shook it.
The Eels legend was part of the pre-match build up with Channel 9, alongside Phil Gould, and fans were left surprised as the broadcasting veteran was not tasked with doing his popular pre-match rev up moments before kick off.
Instead, it was Melbourne Storm legend Billy Slater who took the microphone in an attempt to ignite television viewers ahead of the game.
However, some fans were far from convinced that Slater can fill Gould’s boots.
‘Billy Slater doing the Phil Gould pre-match lecture with all the gravitas of a helium balloon,’ one fan said.
‘Bring back Phil Gould for the last word Cam Smith now Billy Slater rubbish!’ a second fan posted on Twitter.
‘Urghhh Billy Slater with the “last word”‘ a third said with the thumbs down emoji.
‘Billy Slater doing a Gus Gould intro, and it’s somehow worse,’ another said.