An AFL photographer captured what looked like a moment of pure love during one of the fieriest opening quarters of the season.
As players from GWS and the Lions engaged in some angry pushing and shoving during Saturday night’s semi-final at the Gabba, AFL chief photographer Michael Willson worked his magic once again.
In the video above: Greene’s attack to the face
In the moments after Toby Greene kicked the opening goal of the night, players from both sides went at it.
Tussling especially hard in the melee were Lion Darcy Gardiner and Giant Jeremy Finlayson.
Unfortunately for them, their shoving match got a little too heated, so much so their faces ended up locked together as if they were kissing.
As always, Michael Willson was there and ready to capture the moment, before sharing it for everyone to enjoy.
Fans were loving Willson’s latest snap of perfection, as the image went viral on social media, racking up over 120 retweets from Willson’s account alone.
Channel 7 cameras also captured the moment on the game footage, however it’s infinitely harder to notice on video.
Willson was also the photographer who snapped the incredible Tayla Harris kick from the 2019 AFLW season which has since been immortalised as a statue.
Meanwhile, Collingwood look the biggest winners after GWS beat Brisbane by three points in a brutal, controversial and absorbing AFL semi-final.
The Giants’ 12.11 (83) to 11.14 (80) win booked a spot against the Magpies in next Saturday’s twilight preliminary final at the MCG.
The torrid duel at the Gabbatoir would have made pleasant Saturday night viewing for Magpies coach Nathan Buckley, who was at the game.
Calling it a great result for the Giants, Leon Cameron also had no doubt that his team would be physically ready for the Magpies.
“We have a seven-day break – we jump on a plane more than any other footy club,” Cameron said.
“There’s no doubt they need the next 48-72 hours to physically and mentally recover, because that was a cracking game … but I’m really confident our guys will do everything right.”
Capping a tumultuous night, Lions veteran and four-time Hawthorn premiership player Luke Hodge confirmed his retirement soon after the final siren.
GWS small forward Brent Daniels kicked an outstanding running goal with less than three minutes to put his team in front – the 10th lead change of the match.
The Giants then hung on grimly to secure the win.
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