A small detail in the successful Round 14 clash between Geelong and the Western Bulldogs delighted fans, but annoyed a big AFL.
The weather at the GMHBA stadium in Geelong was brisk and a huge number of players decided to wear long sleeve sweaters in the 12C conditions.
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Several players from both teams have been spotted wearing long sleeves, including Luke Dahlhaus, Sam Menegola, Cam Guthrie, Zach Tuohy and Brad Close of Dogs ‘Aaron Naughton and Josh Bruce and the Cats’.
Fans and former players alike have gotten into raptures at the sight of so many players who have chosen to wear the rarely worn long sleeves.
“@Westernbulldogs, I really like Aaron Naughton and the long sleeves,” tweeted former Carlton and GWS player Dylan Buckley.
“Menegola in the long sleeve – lots of love,” West Coast Eagles Premiership player Will Schofield posted, along with three heart-eyed emojis.
Key Bulldog strikers Naughton and Bruce were especially popular with viewers in a throwback.
Geelong Luke Dahlhaus’ small forward sported a truly unique look.
“The set of two jumpers there, Luke Dahlhaus. Sleeveless over the long sleeve. He is a cold and cold man! Commentator James Brayshaw noted on Channel 7.
But not everyone was impressed that Dogs and Cats players set what must be close to a record for the most long-sleeved sweaters worn in the same match in recent memory.
“It was a no-no to Hawthorn, they weren’t even sorted,” four-time Premiership player Jordan Lewis said in a commentary on AFL Nation.
Hawthorn manager Alastair Clarkson is known for his dislike of long-sleeved shirts, notoriously refusing to allow his players to wear them.
The first half was hard fought between the second and third ranked teams in the AFL standings.
Geelong suffered a blow just minutes into the first quarter when midfielder Mitch Duncan was sidelined from the game with a knee injury.
Cats recruit Shaun Higgins replaced him as a medical substitute.
Unfortunately for Naughton, his night ended early when he sustained a rib injury early in the first half in a heavy collision with Geelong’s Jed Bews.
Bulldogs veteran Mitch Wallis has been activated as a medical substitute.
It was a mixed game in the second half, with both sides trading goal after goal as he went down to the limit.
A goal from Gary Rohan after the siren handed Geelong a famous five-point win over the Bulldogs at Kardinia Park on Friday night in what was a livid affair.