Perhaps TV’s Logies awards need a new category – most blatant AFL staging for free kicks.
As the Logies nominations were made public on Monday, Carlton key position player Jarrad Waite and Hawthorn midfielder Jordan Lewis were wiping egg off their faces.
The match review panel reprimanded Waite for his performance last Thursday night, while Lewis admitted he did not enjoy watching the replay of his incident with Essendon’s Brendon Goddard.
Richmond small forward Jake King kicked out behind him and caught Waite in the chest.
But Waite’s hands theatrically went to his mouth in an attempt to milk a free kick.
Waite received a reprimand because it was his first staging offence, while King can accept a $900 fine for misconduct.
The following night, Lewis was standing the mark when Goddard pushed him in the chest.
Lewis, one of the game’s tougher and stronger players, dropped to the ground as if he had been shot.
Not only did Lewis fail to win a free kick, but Goddard immediately moved the ball forward.
“I do remember it and once I saw it I didn’t really like it, to be honest,” Lewis said of the incident.
“I suppose I probably hadn’t had a kick up until then, so I thought if I can try and suck him in in any way I might get my first kick for the game.
“But I don’t want to get a reputation for that.”