Gary Ablett booted back-to-back goals in the third quarter of Geelong’s preliminary final win over Brisbane — but his moment was overshadowed by another throwing disgrace that went missed by the umpires.
The controversial holding the ball rule has been a point of friction all season with improper disposals emerging as one of the biggest headaches for footy fans.
It was there for all to see in the third term as Patrick Dangerfield got away with a shocking throw near the goal square to gift Ablett a crucial goal.
Ablett had his second goal a few minutes later as the Cats ran out to an 18-point lead at three-quarter time, before they blew the Lions off the park in the fourth quarter on their way to a 40-point victory.
When replays showed Dangerfield’s throw on the big screens inside the Gabba, the home crowd erupted in a chorus of booing that echoed around the stadium.
Dangerfield’s quick release came after he picked up a dropped mark while wrapped up in a tackle that pinned one of his arms.
It didn’t stop him tossing the ball to Ablett in a clear one-handed throwing action.
“I wonder whether this was a throw or not,” Channel 7’s Brian Taylor said.
“Have a look at this. Hard to see from that. Impossible to call as an umpire with so many players around, but it was (a throw). There it is. Look at that. The crowd have just seen it. We’ve just seen it. We had some doubts over it. Have a look at this. Watch this. Oh, boy. Goodness gracious me. The crowd’s gone bananas.”
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Footy legend Wayne Carey said: “How is the umpire meant to pick up on that though? He can’t see it.”
While Lions fans were blowing up at the time, it had earlier been Cats fans screaming murder after the Lions made a second quarter fightback on the back of a 10-2 free kick count.
It comes after a blatant throw from Collingwood’s Jack Crisp caused outrage during West Coast’s elimination final loss to the Magpies.
Crisp opted for the two-handed shovel pass, or in other words an illegal throw, as he floated the Sherrin to skipper Scott Pendlebury.
A blindsided umpire in the middle of the ground didn’t blow his whistle, if he had’ve seen Crisp’s two-handed handball, the Eagles would’ve had the ball with 30 seconds on the clock and a chance to keep their season alive.