Luke Parker made his thoughts on Essendon’s defending clear in no uncertain terms after taunting Dylan Shiel following his superb goal on Saturday.
Sydney Swans laid on a first half blitzing of their rivals at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with Buddy Franklin rolling back the years with a sensational performance in the forward 50.
The Bombers were hoping to build on their morale-boosting win over Hawthorn, but appeared a shadow of the team that galvanized Marvel Stadium last time out, trailing by 40 points at the break.
Luke Parker aimed a sledge at Essendon rival Dylan Shiel on Saturday night at the SCG
The Sydney Swans star won the ball from Shiel and kicked a brilliant goal in Round 9
And Parker ramped up the mind games over opposing midfielder Shiel after capitalising on loose ball skills to kick a fantastic goal in the second term.
Shiel easily coughed up possession in the middle of the park and Parker pounced, selling another Bombers star a classy dummy before slotting home from 50 metres out.
After celebrating with his team-mates, Parker took the opportunity to have a word with Shiel and let him know that he wasn’t too impressed with his rival’s bravery at the centre bounce.
Parker hunched his shoulders over and pursed his lips in Shiel’s direction, indicating that the Bombers star was frail in midfield.
Parker chirped towards Shiel that he felt he was not brave in the tackle before his goal
‘We don’t often see this but I like it,’ Nick Riewoldt said on Fox Footy. ‘I would much rather see that combative nature between players on the field than the love-in that we see at times.’
‘What we don’t realise is it’s not just a physical contest,’ Nathan Buckley added. ‘It’s a mental contest and an emotional contest. That is part of the game. There is not as much sledging as there used to be but that was pretty graphic.’
Meanwhile, James Rowbottom may be in hot water after landing a big bump on Zach Merrett’s chin in the first half.
‘There’s got to be something to answer here,’ Buckley said. ‘I don’t think Rowbottom lined him up but in the end he wasn’t at the football and that is head high contact.
‘Merrett got up and continued to play the game but ultimately with the rules as they stand, there’s a bit to look at.’