Fremantle and Gold Coast played out a spiteful affair as the Suns kept their golden run going with a 10.4 (64) to 8.3 (51) win over the Dockers in Queensland.
More than a few players could be facing some hefty fines after a wild melee broke out at halftime.
A jersy grab here and a shove there eventually saw stars running in from all parts of the ground as the biff spilled over the boundary line.
“Now it’s out of control!” Fox Footy commentator Mark Howard said. “Players coming from everywhere.”
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GIBBS’ IDEAL ONE-WORD TWEET
Bryce Gibbs will always have a soft spot for his old club.
The former Carlton star was in a good mood when he wrote a one-word tweet on Saturday night, simply writing “Baggers” after the Blues won a nailbiter against Essendon.
The Blue Baggers got up 7.10 (52) to 8.3 (51) after Bombers star Jacob Townsend’s kick for goal in the final seconds didn’t have the legs and was touched through for a behind.
Gibbs played 231 games for Carlton before moving to Adelaide in 2018 — the year after the Crows made the grand final. But his personal fortunes have mirrored the downward slide the club has suffered since that loss to Richmond as his career has stalled.
The classy midfielder, now in his third season with the Crows, has played just 35 games as he fell out of favour with former coach Don Pyke and now Matthew Nicks. He was dropped for the Showdown against Port Adelaide and also missed the loss to the Suns.
Maybe Gibbs was feeling nostalgic for his days in the navy blue after watching the one-point-thriller and his tweet certainly struck a chord with fans, being liked more than 2000 times.
Rumblings of discontent among the Crows playing group have been reported as the reason why so many big-name stars have left the club in recent years, and Adelaide’s repeated snubbing of Gibbs has left plenty in footy perplexed.
“That’s the most staggering thing in football. They went out and went to all that work and gave up all that stuff (two first-round draft picks) and then are just refusing to play him,” player agent Liam Pickering told SEN’s AFL Nation yesterday.
“This happened last year with Gibbs. He fell out of the team last year.
“Matthew Nicks didn’t bring him to the club. He might’ve been looking from afar going, ‘Why’d they do that?’
“If he’s made his own mind up that this guy isn’t in our best team, he might not play him all year. That’s the reality.”
BLUE USES HIS HEAD
Using his head came in handy for Liam Jones, who ensured Carlton left the MCG with four points last night.
The Blues were up by two with just seconds remaining as Townsend lined up for a set shot and the Sherrin looked like it was heading straight between the big sticks after a sweet connection.
But the strike wasn’t sweet enough and came down short of the goal-line. Jones saved Carlton, sitting at the back of the pack and trying to spoil with a fist. His hand missed the ball entirely, and instead it ricocheted off his head and through for a behind.