Megahertz Star Makes Community Cup Point: ‘It Was A Goal’
News posted Monday, June 25 2012 at 06:00 PM.
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Chris Gill has one word to describe his disallowed goal in the dying seconds of the Community Cup in Melbourne yesterday: pain.
With barely a minute left on the clock and with The Rockdogs up by a point, the Triple R presenter looked to have put the Triple R/PBS Megahertz in front after a strong pack mark and goal from the resulting set shot. But despite cueing wild celebrations from his teammates, the goal was controversially disallowed for hitting the post.
“We both know it was a goal,” Gill told M+N when contacted at his Northside Records shop today. “I have met about 100 people who were standing behind the goals and will swear black and blue that it was a goal. I also met a poor guy who said he was actually momentarily blinded by the sunlight that streamed between the ball and the goalpost.”
Gill, one of the best on ground for The Megahertz, slotting one “official” goal for the day, said subsequent discussions with the goal umpire proved fruitless. “The goal umpire said that he was pretty sure it hit the post,” he said. “Pretty sure!”
For only the second time in its 19-year history the Community Cup ended up in a draw, with The Megahertz’s wayward kicking costing them in the end. They finished up with 4.11 (35) to The Rockdogs 5.5 (35).
About 9000 people attended the match at Elsternwick Park in Melbourne, raising more than $70,000 for charity partner Reclink. Best-on-ground honours went to Liam “Banjo” O’Shannessy from The Rockdogs and Kate Boston Smith from The Megahertz, the first woman to win the prize.
(Photo by Leah Robertson)
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