AFL fans hold unleashed on the umpires of Thursday night time’s sport between the Cats and Lions, after a whopping 37 free kicks had been blown earlier than the principle fracture.
No longer since spherical 15 of 2008 — in a single more Geelong conflict — hold so many frees been awarded in a single half.
The total almost exceeded the reasonable determination of frees for a total AFL match (38) in season 2021.
Pundits lamented that the overly zealous match officials extinguished the heat from the competition with their whistle-happy methods.
“Quit blowing the whistle,” wrote Port Adelaide tale Kane Cornes on Twitter.
Most severely, fans accused Brisbane’s Joe Daniher of taking a dive so to kind a free inside 50.
It paid off, and the used Bomber used to be ready to utilize the dubious free to slot his 2d of the night time.
“That’s now not a free kick,” stated Matthew Richardson in his call of the sport.
“Joe knew he used to be in trouble with his positioning; I’ve accomplished that as a forward, you’re in trouble so that you don’t ward off and he’s milked the free kick, easy as that.”
Brisbane flexed its muscles at some level of the principle interval of time, turning into the principle team to preserve Geelong to correct one level at quarter time since 2012.
Curiously alive to to even the ledger after their one-level loss to Geelong in spherical two, the Lions ripped during the hall at will.
Lincoln McCarthy helped himself to two majors, whereas Joe Daniher and Charlie Cameron also kicked it during the astronomical sticks in the outlet interval of time.
After kicking the principle just of the 2d, the Lions turned into the principle team to kick 5 consecutive targets in opposition to Geelong this season and regarded heading in the correct direction to hand coach Chris Fagan the correct belated birthday level to.
The Brisbane supremo celebrated his 60th birthday on Wednesday.
While three consecutive 2d interval of time targets helped Geelong help into the competition, Brisbane used to be ready to proper the ship and price out to 34-level halftime lead.
Neither aspect proved prolific on just early in the third as time perceived to be getting away from the company.
When Daniher and Cameron notched their fourth and third, respectively, late in the quarter, the end result used to be all nonetheless sealed.
The Lions snapped Geelong’s six-sport winning drag in impressive vogue, operating out 13.16 (94) — 7.8 (50) winners at the Gabba.
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