Tom Papley is the rival footballer fans love to hate.
Renowned for being the Swans’ pantomime villain, the 26-year-old couldn’t resist poking fun at the Geelong supporters during Friday’s grand final parade along the Yarra River.
The Melbourne-based event was, inevitably, dominated by Cats fans, and one Geelong supporter brought along a banner that quickly caught Papley’s attention.
It displayed an image of the Swans midfielder’s controversial mark during the fourth quarter of last week’s thrilling preliminary final at the SCG, where Papley was accused of potential push in the back on Collingwood’d Darcy Moore.
Many footy pundits believed it should have been judged a free kick, and the decision proved costly – Papley booted a goal and the Swans won by one point to book their spot in the AFL grand final.
The banner reads: “How Sydney make grand finals.”
Papley took a video of the banner and posted it to his Instagram Story, laughing at the camera in the four-second clip.
“This is massive for me, playing the grand finale in 2016 and not getting the job done, that really hurt,” Papley told reporters on Friday.
“So looking forward to tomorrow and when that siren goes, hopefully we’re in front.
“But there’ll be a fair bit of adrenalin tomorrow and the crowd will be up so I look forward to it.”