‘You’ve never seen a guy more disappointed to kick a goal’: Moment Tom McDonald hangs his head in shame after stealing a goal that belonged to teammate James Harmes
- Tom McDonald will face a frosty reception from team-mate James Harmes
- The Melbourne star denied his team-mate a superb goal against Hawthorn
- Harmes’ outside of the boot was destined for the goals but McDonald marked it
- He was unable to maintain eye contact with his team-mate after scoring
Tom McDonald will have some explaining to do in the sheds after the Melbourne star stole a certain goal from team-mate James Harmes during his side’s clash with Hawthorn.
The Demons, aiming to extend their perfect record this season with a seventh straight win, overcame a slow first quarter to take a nine-point lead into half time on Saturday afternoon.
However, coach Simon Goodwin may have to deal with a frosty atmosphere after McDonald denied one of the goals of the year from Harmes which left the midfielder raging at the MCG.
James Harmes was denied a goal for this superb effort after Tom McDonald marked the ball on the line
Shirking off a challenge inside the forward 50, Harmes found space to attempt an audacious shot with the outside of his right boot. His effort was sailing towards the goals where only McDonald was standing.
Yet instead of letting the kick fly through the posts, McDonald grabbed the footy and the umpires awarded the mark, much to Harmes’ disbelief.
From point blank range, McDonald put the ball in the stands but he barely lifted his gaze from the turf, fully aware that he will have questions to answer from his furious team-mate in the rooms.
‘You’ve never seen a guy more disappointed to kick a goal,’ Garry Lyon said on Fox Footy’s commentary.
Tom McDonald was left red-faced after stealing a certain goal from his team-mate
Ben Brown starred for the Demons in a gutsy win over a stubborn Hawthorn side at the MCG
Led by captain Max Gawn and star on-ballers Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca, the Demons held on in Saturday’s twilight game for a 13.13 (91) to 11.15 (81) win at the MCG.
The Demons are unbeaten this season and in every game they have outscored their opposition in the third term, known as the premiership quarter.
They kicked clear again after halftime and it proved crucial, with the Hawks keeping Melbourne goalless in the last term.
COVID-19 meant the Demons lost coach Simon Goodwin and premiership players Luke Jackson, Kysaiah Pickett, Tom Sparrow, Harrison Petty and Alex Neal-Bullen for the match.
Adem Yze stood in for Goodwin and he continued this season’s perfect record of assistant coaches who have taken over because of COVID-19.
The Hawks gave Melbourne their toughest test in a close-fought contest on Saturday night
The Hawks were in charge early and kicked three of the first four goals of the game to put Melbourne on the back foot.
The Demons did not hit the front until the first goal of the second term, when returning key forward Tom McDonald took the gloss off teammate James Harmes’ fine work.
Harmes’ shot would have been a candidate for goal of the week but McDonald marked on the goal line.
As late as 12 minutes into the third term, the Hawks only trailed by nine points to keep pace with the highly-fancied Demons.
Melbourne star Christian Petracca kicks for goal in Saturday night’s twilight contest
But Melbourne then stepped up a gear, kicking four goals in a row to kill off the match.
They kicked six goals to three for a 28-point lead at the last change.
Gawn starred with 34 hitouts, 14 contested possessions and two goals, while Oliver (33 possessions) and Petracca (31 disposals) were prolific.
Ben Brown kicked four goals for the Demons and Jacob Koschitzke had the same return for Hawthorn, while Hawks on-baller Dylan Moore and captain James Sicily were their best.