When the Adelaide Crows faced off against the Western Bulldogs in an AFL Elimination Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, at least one footy fan at the ground was distracted from the game by the unexpected presence of Sir Richard Branson at the same function.
Josie Puglia, representative for Geelong, Victoria, was one of ten travel agents who, along with their partners, had been invited as guests of Virgin Australia. During the hosted pre-match dinner in the MCG’s Olympic Room, the guests were spoken to by Gillon McLachlan, Chief Executive of the AFL, before the group proceeded outside to watch the game.
“Sir Richard was sitting a couple of rows behind me during the match,” explains Puglia. “When Felicity Allan, who is the Industry Sales Manager VIC/TAS for Virgin Australia, introduced me to Sir Richard, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask for a selfie together,” she adds with a smile.
Puglia says she was most impressed by the hospitality provided by Virgin Australia and by the Virgin boss himself, although she’s not certain how happy he was with the outcome of the match.
“He was wearing a Western Bulldogs jersey but it didn’t do them any good – the Crows finished ahead by seven points!”