Former AFL player Tom Rockliff revealed the disgusting aftermath of a special father-son moment with his baby boy at the MCG on Sunday.
Rockliff and his son cheered on Port Adelaide, whose later increase was not sufficient to drag Carlton into a three-point thriller on Easter Sunday.
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Charlie Curnow’s fifth goal late in the last quarter helped the Blues hold off their stubborn opponents for a 14-10 (94) to 13-13 (91) win at the MCG.
Rockliff – a two-time Best and Fairest winner with the Brisbane Lions before retiring from Port – ignited the power from the Shane Warne stand.
The first time the 208-game midfielder took his son to a live game at the MCG was to be a special occasion for father and son.
However, Rockliff says he has reservations about taking his boy to a game in the future after revealing they were spat on by a number of Carlton fans as they left the ground.
“What a way to be let down,” wrote Rockliff. “Carlton supporters spitting on me when I go home with my son are not trendy.
“Passion is great, but let’s remember it’s sport.”
Speaking to foxfooty.com.au on Sunday night, Rockliff said the unsavory incident marred a special moment for his young son.
“I was cheering for Port Adelaide – you can probably hear it in my voice, my voice is gone – and I probably crossed the line (with my banter),” Rockliff told foxfooty.com.au.
“I have no problem with what is said. But after it’s said and done and you walk out and get spat on, it’s pretty disrespectful – not only for me, but it leaves a sour taste in my son’s mouth.
“I’ve always been in the footy and he was up in the stands with his mum watching and the first opportunity I’ve had to take him to the MCG – the coliseum of the AFL footy – and leave him with that experience is really disappointing.
Port narrowly misses out on a miracle comeback against Carlton
Rockliff and his son almost witnessed what would have been one of the big comebacks after Port stormed back into contention after being up to 50 points down just before half-time.
Despite being 49 points down at half-time when they had just four goals on the board, the Force felt they still had a pulse.
They scored six goals to one in a third-quarter surge that included two long bombs from Ryan Burton in his 100th game.
Zak Butters (32 disposals), Darcy Byrne-Jones (26) and Connor Rozee (24) all helped bring Port back into contention and they were just a kick away when Mitch Georgiades was the quick response to Curnows late goal scored.
The Power had a chance to grab a remarkable win with a minute remaining when Karl Amon pulled in a set shot from 50 yards from the outside.
But it was tumbled for a butt in a mad scramble on the line and the Blues held on.
“We knew Carlton’s second half early in the game was very different from their first half and I’m sure they would be aware of that,” said port coach Ken Hinkley.
“We figured if we could get a little bit of pressure on the scoreboard we’d still be in the game.
“It seems a bit silly at 50 points down, but we believed that.
“We knew that if we could go on the chances might come later for us, but we didn’t want to be 50 points down.”
The result eventually was Carlton’s fourth win in five games, leaving Port in a 5-0 hole, their worst start to an AFL season ever.
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