Dustin Martin and Jack Riewoldt FUME at the umpire after Richmond are denied a 50m penalty and the chance to tie the game after Swans star Chad Warner BOOTED the ball into the stands at the final siren – giving Sydney a dramatic win at the SCG
- Richmond were left fuming at an umpire’s call not to award them a 50m penalty
- Chad Warner booted the ball out on the final siren when a free kick was given
- Dustin Martin and Jack Riewoldt wanted a 50m penalty but the umpire said no
- Sydney held out for a dramatic 106-100 victory after trailing by 33 points
Controversy surrounded Sydney‘s stunning comeback victory over Richmond on Friday night as an unpaid 50m penalty left the Tigers raging after the final siren.
The siren sounded a mere second after a penalty was awarded in Dion Prestia’s favour at the SCG but Swans youngster Chad Warner joyously booted the ball into the crowd as he thought the game was over.
With the initial free kick awarded two kicks away from goal, a 50m penalty against Warner would have put Prestia within range of tying the game and Tigers duo Dustin Martin and Jack Riewoldt were among a number of stars urging the umpire to penalise Warner further.
A late umpiring call sparked controversy at the SCG as Sydney beat Richmond on Friday
However, the umpire denied Martin and Riewoldt’s pleas, and insisted that the ‘common sense’ decision would be to make Prestia take the free kick from the original position.
Unsurprisingly, his kick fell well short of goal, wrapping up a dramatic 106-100 victory for the Swans.
‘It’s not my job, there are people on the ground who make those decisions,’ Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said after the game.
‘We can look at that last incident but the fact of the matter is that we were up by 33 points. It’s easy to look at the last play but we should have iced the game (by then).’
Richmond were paid a free kick a mere second before the final siren sounded to end the game
However, Dustin Martin and Jack Riewoldt were up in arms after Chad Warner booted the ball
A mammoth 61 free kicks were awarded throughout the game, but Sydney coach John Longmire refrained from commenting on the officiating during Friday’s match.
‘You can’t comment on the umpires so I’m definitely not commenting on the umpires,’ he said.
The Tigers resembled their premiership-winning best early on as they played with frenetic intensity and kicked seven unanswered goals either side of quarter-time.
They wanted a 50m penalty and a chance to tie the game but the umpires snubbed their calls, resulting in a dramatic Sydney victory
Jayden Short (22 disposals, two goals) and Dion Prestia (24, one) led the way for the Tigers while Cotchin (25 touches) was inspirational throughout.
Dustin Martin (20) was important in the first three quarters but had little impact when the match was on the line in the final term.
The Swans will be waiting on the MRO verdict of a clash between Franklin and Cotchin in the second term.
Buddy Franklin helped Sydney overturn a 33-point deficit to secure a famous victory on Friday
Tempers flared as the pair came together while the Swans were lining up for a set shot on goal, Cotchin bumping into Franklin several times until the superstar forward lashed out with his right hand.
Cotchin clutched at his chin after the second swing from Franklin while the umpire awarded the Tigers’ former skipper a free kick for high contact.
It was a frustrating first half for Franklin as he was well held by Gibcus, playing just his ninth match. The 19-year-old restricted his more experienced opponent to three disposals and a goal before Franklin came to life after the main break to lead the Swans to a rousing victory.
Sydney face reigning premiers Melbourne at the MCG next Saturday night while Richmond have the week off with a bye.