THIS was once the passage of play each Jack Gunston and Liam Shiels may well be mulling over all summer season.
An inexcusable ignored shot at goal from Gunston was the defining second of Friday evening’s semi-final between Hawthorn and Melbourne on the MCG.
Because after Gunston bumped into an open goal however hit the publish, the Demons moved the ball down the opposite finish temporarily, before an errant Shiels handball within the defensive 50 gave the ball again to Melbourne and arrange a goal for Alex Neal-Bullen.
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Instead of lowering the defecit to 8 issues, Melbourne’s lead ballooned out to 20 issues.
And in spite of a overdue fourth-term problem from the Hawks, Melbourne would ultimately run out 33-point winners.
Just mins before missing, Gunston had kicked a telling goal to attract the Hawks to inside a few goals of the Demons.
But with some other goal beckoning as he bumped into an open goal, Gunston opted to kick a snap shot — and it slammed into the left upright for a minor ranking.
Less than a minute later, Neal-Bullen dribbled thru a a very powerful goal handy Melbourne a 20-point lead overdue within the 3rd quarter, with Gunston left devastated post-goal.
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The Dees would kick some other two goals for the quarter to arrange a 32-point lead on the final exchange.
Collingwood nice Mick McGuane took to Twitter to voice his frustration at Gunston’s determination to kick a snap shot.
“Don’t deserve to win when you serve up rubbish like that. It costs the team and you lose momentum,” McGuane wrote.
Melbourne nice Garry Lyon advised AFL Nation that the moss was once “soul-destroying” for Hawthorn, whilst 3AW caller Dwayne Russell requested: “Is Gunston going to think about that miss all summer?”
Five-time premiership Hawk Dermott Brereton described Gusntonm’s kick as “tumble punt”.
“It was a half mix between a kick around the corner and a screw kick,” Brereton advised Fox Footy.
Gunston would eventially end the game with 3.five from 13 disposals and 7 marks.