Melbourne star Christian Petracca angrily lashed out at Gillon McLachlan during the Brownlow medal and berated the AFL CEO as he repeatedly mispronounced his surname while reading the umpires’ voices on Footy’s night of nights.
The Demons midfielder was spotted saying, “It’s Petracca, damn it,” just after McLachlan read out the votes for Round 16 of the season.
The AFL boss had repeatedly pronounced his last name “Pet-rack-a” when the correct pronunciation is “Pet-rah-ka.”
Petracca finished sixth in the medal count with 24 votes, meaning his name came up several times Sunday night, with McLachlan being one of the committee members tasked with reading out the judges’ marks for each round.
The 26-year-old was equal leader of the count after six rounds but gradually slipped as Carlton skipper Patrick Cripps picked up the game’s top honor.
It seems McLachlan wasn’t the only one confused on how to pronounce Petracca’s name correctly, and several fans responded to his slip by taking to Twitter to ask for the true pronunciation.
“To be fair, the moniker ‘Trak’ – pronounced track – doesn’t really help his cause,” one wrote.
Cripps first claimed the AFL’s highest three-vote honor in Carlton’s heartbreaking round 23 loss to Collingwood to sneak home by 29 votes ahead of Brisbane’s Neale (28 votes) and Gold Coast’s Touk Miller (27).
But the 27-year-old owed a stroke of luck in court.
Cripps received a two-game suspension after round 21 for a bump that gave Brisbane’s Callum Ah Chee a concussion – which would have rendered him unfit for the Brownlow – but that was surprisingly overturned in a Marathon Tribunal hearing on Aug. 11.
It allowed him to play in round 22, where he didn’t vote, and round 23, where Cripps sealed the win.
Cripps drew the maximum votes for 35 disposals and 12 releases in the one-point loss to Collingwood that ultimately cost the Blues a Finals berth in the last tally announcement.
“To be honest I was so stunned by the end of the game,” he said.
“I would rather get zero touches and win than play like I did.
“By this time next year I’d like to be sober. That is my goal.’
Miller and Neale went into Round 23 with 27 each, but Miller was unable to vote and Neale received only one vote.
Cripps is the first Blue to win the Brownlow since former skipper Chris Judd in 2010.
“I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” Cripps said upon accepting the prestigious medal.
Overall, Cripps has polled in 13 games, receiving the maximum three votes seven times.
He could have arguably added a few more votes to his tally, but only received one for his three goals and 30 disposal efforts against Richmond in round one.
Cripps, 27, initially took the lead on lap seven but was pushed back by Neale, who led much of the count from lap eight.