Collingwood jumped into the top eight with a tight four-point win over Hawthorne in the MCG on Sunday, but the tight finish was not helped by the controversial umpiring decision at a crucial moment.
With just 10 minutes left in the third quarter – and the Hawks kicking four unanswered goals to close the gap – defender Darcy Moore was penalized for making contact under Rocky Sam Butler’s knee. A back
Giving a set shot to the goalsquare, Butler literally kicked it to five goals in a row and the Hawks gave the lead to Hawthorne for the first time in the match after falling behind by 30 points in the second half.
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It was a decision that made commentators and fans alike scratch their heads.
In the Fox Footy coverage, Melbourne’s Great Gary Lyon said, “Within two or three meters there was an umpire who didn’t pay, there was an umpire who was at the 50-meter mark.”
The replay clearly shows that Moore got the ball first in a wet condition and then crashed after Butler, with St. Killer legend Nick Reoldt disappointed in the decision.
“Moore goes there first. That’s not the right decision,” he added.
“He doesn’t get his foot out; Butler falls on Darcy Moore.”
Hawks veteran Jack Gunston was sidelined in the third quarter with a bad ankle injury.
Gunston tried to play through the pain but eventually came off the field for further evaluation.
With the Hawks returning to the lead early in the final, it was finally the young forward Oli Henry who provided an epic clutch moment to close the Hawthorn.
Acting as Pies Target in the 50’s, Henry took a huge pack mark and converted it into a set-shot goal, before Magpies’ defense was firm under pressure to win.
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