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AFL 2022: Melbourne Devils stun Christian Petraca after handball insult


Demons star Christian Petraca was visibly shocked when one of his teammates did the unthinkable in a rarely seen ‘horrific’ moment.

Devils star Christian Petraca was visibly surprised the moment Bailey Fritsch refused to hand him a handball in front of goal.

It was a terrifying 12-point turn to the Devils in the first quarter as the Lions advanced to the other end and kicked a quick goal just a minute after Fritsch missed a target.

Fritsch picked up a loose ball and Petraka was on his left side, but chose to run the ball himself before Jack Payne ran it from behind.

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After screaming for the ball, an angry Petracca showed his frustration by extending his arms to let his teammate know he was wide open.

It wasn’t the start Melbourne wanted after three straight losses.

“He didn’t give it. Pine caught him,” Brian Taylor said on Triple M.

“This sums up my last month in Melbourne.”

Kangaroo legend Wayne Curry said: “That’s the difference between the premiership team and not.

“They were going to give that last year BT. You have to give that ball. If Petraka gets that ball, he runs inside and kicks that easy target.”

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

Melbourne has experienced one of football’s most famous nightmare.

The club is eagerly awaiting the return of Max Gaon, who is still weeks away due to a serious ankle injury.

Melbourne, undefeated after the season’s opening ten rounds, lost three times in a row and had to deal with the fallout of an argument between Stephen May and Jake Melksham.

May was suspended and Malaksham needed surgery on his hand.

The Demons also recently lost main striker Tom MacDonald to a foot injury.

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