AFL 2022: Melbourne Demons, Christian Petracca astounded after handball snub

AFL 2022: Melbourne Demons, Christian Petracca astounded after handball snub

Demons star Christian Petracca was visibly stunned when a teammate did the unthinkable in a “terrible” moment you rarely see.

Demons star Christian Petracca was visibly stunned at the moment Bayley Fritsch refused to give him a handball in front of goals.

It was a nightmare 12-point turnaround for the Demons in the first quarter as the Lions went up the other end and kicked a quick goal just one minute after Fritsch squandered a certain goal.

Fritsch picked up a loose ball and had Petracca on his left hand side, but he chose to run the ball himself before being run down from behind by Jack Payne.

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After screaming for the ball, an exasperated Petracca showed his frustrations by holding out his two arms to let his teammate know he had been wide open.

It was not the start Melbourne wanted after three consecutive losses.

“He didn’t give it. He got caught by Payne. He refused to give the handball to Petracca, who is absolutely astounded that he didn’t get the handball,” Brian Taylor said on Triple M.

“And this sums up Melbourne’s last month for me.”

Kangaroos legend Wayne Carey said: “That’s the difference between a premiership team and not so.

“They would have given that last year BT. You have to give that ball. If Petracca gets that ball he runs in and kicks that easy goal.”

Josh Jenkins said on SEN: “You don’t see that from Melbourne. That’s terrible.”

Melbourne has endured a nightmare month of football.

The club is desperately waiting for the return of Max Gawn, who is still weeks away with a serious ankle injury.

Melbourne, which was undefeated after the opening 10 rounds of the season, has lost three straight and had to deal with the fallout from an altercation between Steven May and Jake Melksham.

May was suspended and Melksham needed surgery on his hand.

The Demons also recently lost key forward Tom McDonald to a lisfranc foot injury.

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