Rub salt into the wounds? Hilarious blunder sees Richmond club song played at The Gabba… Even though BRISBANE won an epic final just before the siren
There seemed to be an inadvertently hilarious coda – at least for Brisbane fans and neutrals – to Richmond’s dramatic loss to the Lions when the Tigers’ club song briefly played full time.
The winning team’s club song is traditionally played on AFL grounds after the final siren has gone off, but the Gabba’s DJ was apparently confused after the Tigers lost by two points to the Lions.
As Brisbane fans burst into celebrations and Richmond players crumbled to the ground in despair, the notes of “We are from Tigerland” began to echo around the Gabba.
Joe Daniher (middle) scored the crucial goal late in the fourth quarter as Brisbane won an epic 16.10 (106) to 16.8 (104) semi-final against Richmond at the Gabba
The embarrassing misstep was immediately rectified when the Tigers’ club song ended abruptly and was quickly replaced by the familiar strains of “The Pride of Brisbane Town”, which is sung to the tune of the national anthem. French.
The gaffe went viral on social media, where the official Twitter account of radio show Off the Bench shared a clip of the incident.
“The only thing worse than being a Tigers fan right now is being the guy who was on the buttons at the Gabba,” the caption read.
It was a cruel end to an already dramatic night for Richmond, who were 30 seconds from a place in the AFL Semi-Finals before Joe Daniher secured a 16.10 (106) to 16.8 ( 104) for Brisbane.
The Richmond players were distraught after an almost certain semi-final place was snatched away in dramatic circumstances just before the final siren
The Lions will face Melbourne loser to Sydney in the semi-finals next week
Trailing four points after the Tigers scored a goal and then rolled over following a video review, the Lions desperately pushed the ball forward with a minute left in the game.
Zac Bailey scored, but with the angle too tight to go on goal opted to look for Daniher, who was scrambling for position in the goal square. The Lions striker couldn’t catch the Sherrin, but Richmond’s booty bounced straight into his path, allowing him to stab his foot through the posts for a famous win.
Brisbane will now play the loser between Sydney and Melbourne in the semi-finals next week, while it’s the curtains for Richmond.