Embarrassing Dive: The Moment The AFL Imitated Soccer
To all appearances, there was barely even a finger on him.
Yet Geelong defender Mark Blicavs theatrically fell to the ground in Sunday's match against the Sydney Swans as though he'd been propelled there with great force by Swans young gun Lewis Melican.
Blicavs dramatically turned his head as though there had been forceful contact. There hadn't. Indeed, he barely brushed Melican, as the video clearly shows.
The Sydney crowd booed the incident, and there was of course a strong irony in that.
As the recent documentary 'The Final Quarter' showed, many Adam Goodes booers claimed they didn't like the way he dived, or "staged", for free kicks.
Well, it's safe to say that Goodes never performed a manoeuvre anywhere near as dramatic as this one.
In order to maintain the game's integrity and stop comparisons to the round-ball version of football in which players frequently dive, the AFL has a policy of fining players up to $1,000 for staging. There's no word yet on any sanction for Blicavs.
Meanwhile, Geelong ended up winning the game 16.7 (107) to 12.8 (80) to maintain their one-match lead on the AFL ladder.
That lead is effectively two games, as the Cats have a far superior percentage to any team in the chasing pack.
For the Swans, the season is effectively over. The perennial finalists sit in fourth-last place, with a wooden spoon still a mathematical -- though unlikely -- possibility.