‘Wow’: Clayton Oliver’s unseen act of sportsmanship to Patrick Cripps


Clayton Oliver is a real one.

The Melbourne Demons midfielder is being saluted by Carlton fans and the wider AFL community after vision of a rare act of sportsmanship late in last week’s semi-final went viral online.

Oliver went toe-to-toe with Patrick Cripps for most of the night, locking horns with one of the league’s other premier inside midfielders.

The gladiators didn’t give an inch all night, from before the opening bounce to the final whistle where Carlton’s thrilling two-point win was confirmed.

But Oliver had an opportunity to tip the scales back in his favour with his side leading by three points late in the fourth quarter.

There was a stoppage inside the Demons’ forward 50 and as Oliver and Cripps took their positions around the ruckmen for the boundary throw-in, the Demons onballer noticed blood trickling from Cripps’ nose.

Cripps had been battling to stem the flow since being collected by Kysaiah Pickett early in the second quarter. He was forced to leave the field momentarily but returned to resume hostilities.

But this was an opportunity for Oliver to rub him out again – at the most crucial moment in both team’s season.

All he had to do was point the blood out to the field umpire and Cripps likely would have been forced from the field.

But as we said, Oliver is a real one.

Instead of ratting on his opponent, he let him know the blood was back so Cripps could quickly wipe it off before it was seen.

And footy fans loved it.

“Props to Clayton Oliver,” wrote a Carlton fan on Twitter. “Most players would have alerted the umpire to the blood coming from Cripps’ nose. He tells Cripps to wipe it. And they go at it again.”

“That’s awesome from Clarry. Respect,” wrote another.

“Wow, wasn’t expecting to see that. Good on him,” added a third.

“Got to respect him for that,” wrote a fourth.

Cripps was incredibly emotional after the Blues found the winning goal and progressed to preliminary final weekend, where they’ll play Brisbane.

Although footy fans were later left fuming at a move by Channel 7, that was blasted by Eddie McGuire as one of the most infuriating aspects of the night.

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