A favourite shot from our gallery at the Reclink Community Cup this past weekend was of a daring young chap, baring it all in less than appropriate weather.
Unfortunately Collingwood police haven’t looked so favourably on these antics. Three men in their twenties have been charged with obscene and indecent behaviour after taking a naked lap of honour at the Victoria Park Oval. It is believed a fourth individual is also being sought.
A spokesperson for Victoria Police says, “Those who were arrested will receive penalty notices.” The fines for streaking come with a $626 price tag.
Wobbling bits have become a tradition at the charity football event. The event recently changed locations, moving from its traditional home at Elsternwick Park to Victoria Park in Collingwood.
Elsternwick police were lenient in the past, turning a blind eye to the pranks, as can be seen at the 2013 event. The Community Cup is a festive event, which this year saw Jen Cloher, REMI and Spiderbait rock out to a crowd approaching 20,000.
In a post on the event’s Facebook page, Reclink CEO John Ballis says he had spoken to two of the individuals charged over the weekend.
“I have spoken to two of the people who have been charged by police to express my sympathy to them and to restate Reclink Australia’s position that we do not encourage streaking at events. While streaking appears to have become a fixture of the Community Cups, the recent events are a sobering reminder to all our supporters that streaking at public events is prohibited.”
The AFL doesn’t have a specific policy on streaking but the maximum penalty for unlawfully entering the field at Etihad Stadium is $7000.
In 2013 Wati Holmwood was sentenced to three months jail for streaking at a State of Origin match.
It is yet to be seen whether those charged at the Community Cup will face a similar fate. However, streaking was made illegal under the Summary Offences Act as of September 2016. First-time offenders can receive a two-month sentence while repeat offenders could face up to six months in prison.
Reclink uses the event to raise funds for specialist sport, recreation and art programs for the homeless, at-risk youth and people suffering from mental illness.