September 22, 2007

Toyota AFL Moments – Francis Bourke

Posted in Advertisements at 7:08 pm by Give Me The Remote

I’ve been waiting a while to put this commercial up. It’s been on telly for quite a few weeks now but, for various different reasons, I’ve never been able to get a clean capture of it. But finally today all the cards fell into place and I can now talk about how much I love this advertisement.

It’s part of the Toyota Memorable Moments series where comedian/actors Stephen Curry and Dave Lawson recreate famous AFL moments from the past. Previous moments were:

Wayne Harmes – slides along the ground in the pocket to knock the ball back into place to set up the match winning goal in the 1979 Grand Final

James Hird – scores the match winning goal from an acute angle against West Coast in Round 3, 2004 and subsequently runs to the fence and hugs a random Essendon fan in the front row

Peter Daicos – kicked a famous goal to draw the match in the 1990 Qualifying Final

Dermott Brereton – spews his guts out in the 1989 Grand Final against Geelong but still manages a cracker of a game, helping the Hawkers defeat Geelong

Malcolm Blight – kicks a massive 73 metre torpedo after the siren against Carlton to win the match

Alex Jesaulenko – takes an absolute screamer, in fact the ‘Mark of the Century’ against Collingwood in the 1970 Grand Final

Tony Lockett – breaks Gordon Coventry’s all time goal kicking record of 1299 goals in 1996, which sparks a massive pitch invasion

and now.. Francis Bourke..

Bourke, born in 1947 played 302 games for the Richmond Football Club between 1967 and 1981. He was a five time premiership player, captained the squad from 1976-1977 and later coached the team from 1982-1983.

Toyota Ad - Francis Bourke 1

The two moments being recreated in this advertisement are when he played for an entire quarter with a broken leg and also when he collided with a fellow Richmond player, sustaining a cut to his head which bled into his eye.

In the advertisement, Dave Lawson first kicks Francis in the leg, before then running over him whilst driving a golf buggy dressed as a tiger. He then squirts Francis with tomato sauce (perhaps a bit too liberally) and they recreate the spectacular diving chest mark and subsequent match winning goal.

Toyota Ad - Francis Bourke 2

The ad ends with Francis and Stephen absolutely pasting Dave with tomato sauce – especially down the front of the shorts.

Check out the advertisement:

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2 Comments »

  1. […] As part of this years Brownlow telecast, Stephen Curry and Dave Lawson of the Toyota ads fame (see Francis Bourke ad here) did a little ‘bit’ showing some not-so-legendary […]

  2. Tom said,

    THANKYOU SO MUCH I WAS LOOKING FOR THE NEW COMMERICAL EVERYWHERE AND SOMEONE FINALLY PUT IT UP THANKYOU SO MUCH I RECKON IT IS THE BEST ONE YET


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