Kangaroo stops play during league game in Australia

For the third time in recent weeks kangaroos have jumped on to the sporting fields in Canberra

For the third time in recent weeks kangaroos have jumped on to the sporting fields in Canberra

A Canberra women's premier league match was stopped for nearly 20 minutes on Sunday afternoon as ground staff chased and kicked balls to a rogue kangaroo.

A kangaroo interrupts the match between Canberra Football Club and Belconnen United in Canberra on June 24, 2018.

The marsupial left but returned soon after, dashing to the goalpost past the stunned players.

It would occasionally bound from the field of play and allow the game to restart, only to return and force another stoppage.

The kangaroo was then guided away from the pitch by a vehicle before the match resumed, only for the kangaroo to jump back onto the field for a second time.

The Western Australian reports Belconnen United was playing Canberra FC in Canberra when the unlikely visitor bounded over fences and on to the field of play.

Eventually, a coach in a pickup truck plucked up the courage to chase the roo out of the stadium.

They were unsuccessful in apprehending the interloper, but it chose to take its leave of proceedings of its own accord.

"Oh dear. We're getting close", said commentator Russ Gibbs when the kangaroo disappeared to the side of a building.

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