“I’m a little apprehensive to be honest, because I want it to be definitive. I don’t know what the balance of probabilities will be. Should it be 99%, 90%, or 60%? That’s the whole debate.” ”
Late Thursday night, the AFL ruled the decision correct and declared: The correct call was made. “
Several proposals have been made over the years to provide more clarity, with the AFL potentially allowing ball-tracking functionality as early as next season.
Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire is working with British technology company Sportable to bring ball tracking to the AFL. Sportable and the AFL have discussed the technology and use of microchips in their deals with rugby companies Gilbert and Steeden.
The long-term goal is to implant a microchip in the ball that can tell if the ball has hit or could have hit a post.
There are also calls for cameras and technology such as the Hawkeye used in tennis and cricket, but that seems unlikely.
Lynch reacted after the kick as if he had missed the goal, but Tigers coach Damian Hardwick took aim at the video review system and explained that the ARC was “not good enough.”
Hawk Luke Hodge, who has been in the Premiership four times, was also baffled by the decision. “For anything that has to be 100% accurate, when you see it [vision] Plus, when I heard that the referee had called a goal, I was sitting there thinking, ‘You can’t overturn it,'” he said.
Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas questioned the call on social media.
“If the AFL has a vision through the ARC that we are not aware of, it should be revealed. It was the right decision to treat fans as idiots,” Thomas wrote.
An overturned call gave the Lions hope and Joe Duniher scored the winning goal with a minute left to book a semi-final berth.
Matthews said he believed he needed conclusive evidence to overturn the decision.
“That was my understanding. The whole idea of a score review system is now in place and is not going anywhere. “It exists because you can see it moving,” Matthews said. I’m not sure if the camera angle is good enough to give you a definitive view on that.
“As I say, sometimes we expect the Score Review Officers to have a better vision than we do, or a more definitive vision than we do. It was just a huge decision. ”
Lions board member Matthews conceded that the Tigers would almost certainly have won had Lynch’s goal been allowed.
“It’s a balance of odds…because that meant we were leading by nine points with about two and a half minutes remaining,” he said.
Matthews said Lynch’s reaction shouldn’t have been taken into consideration because players aren’t always in the best position to judge angles.
North further changes the list
John Pierik, Najima Samburu
North Melbourne’s rebuilding is well under new coach Alastair Clarkson, with Kyron Hayden, Matt McGuinness and Patrick Walker being delisted.
Hayden was the 62nd pick in the 2017 National Draft and made his debut in 2019, playing 17 games as a defender. He has appeared in five games this season.
McGuinness, who was picked as a product of the Next Generation Academy in 2019, and Walker, who was the second pick in the 2020 Rookie Draft, did not play the senior game.
The Kangaroos are the 1st, 55th, and 66th picks in the National Draft, and are hoping for more help from the AFL after winning just two games this season. Clarkson, who has overseen major changes in the football sector, has also been in touch with experienced players from rival clubs.
Meanwhile, North Melbourne midfielder Jy Simpkin has claimed the Syd Barker Medal for the second year in a row, following an impressive 2022 season. The 24-year-old won her fairest best, garnering 130 votes.
In his sixth AFL season, Simpkin played 21 of a possible 22 games, averaging 26 disposals and 5 clearances per game. Luke Davis-Yuniake was his second with 108 votes, followed by Bailey Scott with his 98 votes.
The Young Player of the Year award went to last year’s No. 1 draft pick, Jason Horne Francis, despite a tough season. The 19-year-old has appeared in 17 games and averaged 16.5 disposals per game. Horn-Francis has promised to end his contract with North Melbourne but he has not spoken of any long-term plans to stay at the club.
Syd Barker Medal Top 10
1. Jay Simpkin – 130 votes
2. Luke Davis-Yuniake – 108
3. Bailey Scott – 98
4. Todd Goldstein – 93
5. Luke McDonald – 88
6. Nick Larkey – 79
7. Kam Zurhar – 66
8. Aidan Core – 59
9. Hugh Greenwood – 51
10. Lachy Young – 50
Hawks make four changes
Sam Mitchell’s bid for a change at Hawthorn is picking up pace, with tagger Daniel Howe and wingman Tom Phillips among the four players not returning in 2023.
Howe has appeared in 97 games for the Hawks, Phillips in 26, and Jackson Callow (3) and Conor Downey (2) are also not returning.
Howe spent eight years with the Hawks, appearing in 20 games and having his best year in 2021 with a career-high 18.6 disposals per game. Phillips also appeared in 89 games for the Magpies before moving to the Hawks in late 2020 when his former club had major salary-his-cap issues.
The Hawks, who finished in 13th place with just eight wins, are bidding farewell to retiring premiership players Ben McEvoy and Liam Shields, while ball magnet Tom Mitchell is exploring his options.
Bomber gives Stewart two more
Essendon utility James Stewart has declared that his best football is still ahead of him as he signs a two-year contract extension.
The 27th overall pick in the 2012 National Draft, the former Giants joined the Bombers in 2016. He played his 60th match for his second club.
The 28-year-old Stewart, who can play both defense and attack, said he was delighted to be given a new contract.
“I feel my best football is in my head and I am working hard to improve this football club,” Stewart said.