Greater Western Sydney fans have become enraged after Toby Greene appeared to be caught high in a number of divisive incidents with just seconds left in the third quarter as Collingwood made history to win a thriller at the MCG. The Magpies came back from a half-time deficit to defeat GWS 58-57 to reach their first AFL grand final since 2018.
In front of 97,000 fans at the MCG, Greene put on a masterclass to drag the Giants into the contest and give them some hope. But, using the energy from the deafening atmosphere, the Magpies held on with seconds left in a game that will go down as an all-time thriller.
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However, Giants fans have been left absolutely fuming with replays appearing to show Greene was tackled high in a last ditch effort from Collingwood's Nick Daicos with just seconds left in the third quarter. Greene proved why he is considered by many as the best player in the game with two goals and a standout performance.
But there was also no doubt the Magpies were roughing up the captain in the process. And with the game in the balance, Giants fans have fumed over a potential head high tackle that went unpunished with the momentum continually swaying throughout the contest.
With Greene looking to take off downfield, Daicos reached out and got hold of the No.4's neck. Greene was then pulled to the ground. AFL fans watching the game were left fuming with the incident with any call deemed pivotal considering how close the game was.
Some fans felt Greene lowered his height and it was therefore not a penalty. While others disagreed with one fan claiming the missed call potentially swung the momentum of the game. With Giants fans accusing the umpires of missing a number of high tackle calls - including one on Connor Idun in the fourth quarter - the Greene incident certainly fired up viewers.
Bollocks, he tried to step inside Daicos and get into space as they had men forward.
Daicos grabbed him high. pic.twitter.com/6hGYHOu28d
— Tax Guy (@tax_oz) September 22, 2023
Absolutely outrageous Toby Greene didn’t get a free kick for that high tackle. And what a critical moment. Scandalous.
— Sophie McNeill (@Sophiemcneill) September 22, 2023
I mean. How the hell does Toby Greene get his head nearly taken off by Daicos and there is no free kick. Just ridiculous. #AFLPiesGiants
— Chris Mayer (@chrismayer) September 22, 2023
That high on Toby Greene not called swings the game....
— Benzo (@FasterPP3) September 22, 2023
When you realise this is jut the tip of the iceberg in what was unpaid pic.twitter.com/1GH4GrHPtU
— Yam (@Yamil0o) September 22, 2023
— Keeper League Kaes (@TKLKaes) September 22, 2023
Daicos would probably get 2 frees for that. Absolute joke.
— tr1p1ea (@tr1p1ea) September 22, 2023
Not a supporter of either Pies or Giants but that contact from N Daicos on T Greene is clearly high umpires 🤯#aflpiesgiants
— LoveLife (@SWEEtcheek65) September 22, 2023
Toby Greene all class after Collingwood defeat
Despite the heartache, Greene was all class as captain after the match. “It’s hard to reflect on the season when you get that close. That one hurts. That one really hurts,” Greene told Channel 7.
“It’s a tough changeroom at the moment, but we’ll come together. We’ll come back stronger. You put yourself out there, you get that close, that’s what happens.
“It was an awesome year, but once you get this close you want to go on and win it. We felt like we were good enough too, but hats off to Collingwood they were tough tonight. Flip of a coin, really, in the end and it just hurts.”
GWS emerged from 14th after the bye rounds to qualify for the AFL finals in seventh. They then stunned the league with two close finals wins on the road before falling to Collingwood in a one-point thriller.
"I'm certainly very proud of the group, of their development, the way they fight, the way they hang in every game, the way they play to the last minute," first-year coach Adam Kingsley said.
"They're a really special group. We need to make sure we maintain that level and improve." Collingwood will now meet the winner of the Brisbane Lions and Carlton in the AFL grand final.
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