In his highly-anticipated debut for the Western Bulldogs, Adam Treloar was bizarrely greeted by the MCG crowd with a chorus of boos.
AFL star Adam Treloar dominated headlines during the off-season, and the midfielder’s highly-anticipated clash with the Collingwood Magpies got off to the perfect start on Friday evening.
Playing in his maiden AFL game for the Western Bulldogs, the 28-year-old’s first touch at the MCG would have left Collingwood fans fuming.
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The Bulldogs were leading by six points in the opening quarter when Treloar got his hands on the Sherrin for the first time.
After scooping up a loose ball on the wing, he sprinted for 20 metres with a chorus of boos echoing around the iconic venue.
But Treloar showed his class by expertly booting the footy towards teammate Aaron Naughton, perched directly in front of the posts.
Naughton claimed the mark and comfortably scored the major to extend the Bulldogs lead.
Channel 7 commentator James Brayshaw said: “Listen to the boos and the cheers in equal measure … wonderful first touch from Treloar.”
Hawthorn Hawks great Luke Hodge responded: “I don’t think the Collingwood supporters knew what to do — some were booing, some were cheering, but as soon as that ball came off his boot you could hear the Bulldogs supporters get up and about.
“They know they’ve picked up an absolute star and got him very very cheap, what a start.”
Treloar’s partner — Australian netballer Kim Ravaillion — was in the stands amid the 50,000 spectators.
Despite the entertaining moment, many AFL fans were unimpressed with the Melbourne crowd booing Treloar in the season opener.
The former Magpie was controversially traded in a chaotic off-season, so pundits were understandably confused when he was greeted with such a negative reaction.
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Speaking to SEN on Friday, former Magpies star Travis Cloke urged Collingwood fans not to boo Treloar during the grudge match.
“I hope we are better than that,” Cloke said.
“But as you know 98 per cent of the people are fantastic people, they are great people. But the other two per cent, I just don’t know.
“Hopefully that two per cent are not sitting in the MCG.”
The Age’s Daniel Cherny tweeted: “I for one am shocked that Collingwood supporters are booing Adam Treloar because footy fans are renowned got their rational behaviour, especially when they are in large groups.”
Before the first bounce, Treloar shared a touching moment with former teammate Tyler Brown, the pair embracing on the field.
The Western Bulldogs raced to an early 3.2 (20) to 1.2 (8) lead in the round one fixture.