Tom Papley at centre of 'comical' call as Collingwood rage: 'What a joke'

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Tom Papley (pictured left) celebrates a goal in the AFL and (pictured right) Papley contesting the ball against Darcy Moore.
Collingwood fans felt hard done by after Tom Papley (pictured right) got away with a potential push in the back against Darcy Moore in the fourth quarter of the Swans' one-point victory. (Images: Getty Images/Fox Sports)

Magpies fans have been left ruing a dubious umpire decision involving Tom Papley that could have cost them a spot in the AFL grand final after a devastating one-point loss to the Sydney Swans at the SCG.

Sydney repeated history, winning through to the AFL grand final with an epic one-point preliminary final win over Collingwood at the SCG.

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In front of a heaving capacity crowd of 45,608, the Swans rushed through a Collingwood behind in the last few seconds to secure the 14.11 (95) to 14.10 (94) win.

They will play Geelong in a grand final for the first time next Saturday at the MCG.

However, Collingwood fans were left fuming when Papley was paid a mark and kicked his third goal for Sydney midway through the last term when he could have been penalised for a push on Darcy Moore.

The score stood at 88-74 when Papley and Moore contested the ball.

Papley could have been penalised for a push in the back, before taking a mark that also caused uproar.

The goal proved to be decisive with the Swans eventually rushing a behind to win the contest.

Fans were left absolutely livid with the decision.

However, many argued that Moore lost his footing without much pressure.

Papley joined the Channel 7 team after the match and was asked about the incident.

"Looks like you gave him a little bit of a shove, 'Paps. To get Darcy Moore out underneath the footy, were you a bit nervous?" he was asked.

Papley showed his cheeky side.

"Nah, just a bit of forward-craft," Papley joked.

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Sydney's only other preliminary final at the SCG was a one-point win over Essendon in 1996 - the start of the Swans' current era that has featured two premierships and now seven grand final appearances.

"I'm OK - it's just a prelim final by a point," coach John Longmire deadpanned post-match.

Josh P. Kennedy (pictured right) celebrates with Lance Franklin (pictured left) embrace at the SCG.
Josh P. Kennedy (pictured right) celebrates with Lance Franklin (pictured left) as they celebrate victory to make the Grand Final. (Photo by Matt King/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

The Cats will start favourites next Saturday, particularly given they cruised to a 71-point win over Brisbane, they have the extra day to prepare while Sydney and Collingwood belted the hell out of each other to the death.

But Longmire said the Swans will be ready.

"We'll be OK. It was a pretty tough blowout, right to the last two seconds. We covered it well, we'll be OK," he said.

The Magpies, who have become the AFL's cardiac kids this season with a string of close wins, looked shot in the third term when they fell six goals behind.

But they kicked four goals to one in the last quarter to nearly do it again.

Coach Craig McRae left his players alone post-match for a few minutes, saying he was worried his emotions would get the better of him.

Tom Papley (pictured) celebrates after the Swans defeat the Magpies.
Tom Papley (pictured) kicked three goals to help the Swans win the AFL Second Preliminary match against Collingwood Magpies at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

"It's difficult, because you get so close. There's just an overwhelming sense of pride, though.

"You look at the players in the eye and see how much they hurt and see how much they've given for the year, to fall short.

Luke Parker subdued Collingwood star Jordan De Goey in a best-afield performance, while captain Scott Pendlebury and fellow onballer Jack Crisp were outstanding for the Magpies.

Lance Franklin kicked two first-half goals for the Swans, taking him to equal-third for AFL goals in finals

"What a finish. Wow. Well done to our boys. They fought really hard. They were a really good team. We knew they were going to come and they did," Franklin said.

"It felt longer than 30 seconds (at the end), that's for sure."

Swans key position player Sam Reid was subbed off at the start of the third term with an adductor injury, putting him in serious doubt for the grand final.

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