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AFL all-clear for North’s contentious goal

By Jason Phelan and Adrian Warren,

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    The AFL has given the all-clear to a contentious goal kicked by North Melbourne’s Billy Hartung in the Kangaroos’ thrilling two-point win over Sydney.

    Hartung’s first-quarter goal appeared to be touched off the boot by Swans veteran Jarrad McVeigh, but no review was called for on the field at the SCG on Saturday night.

    McVeigh was adamant he had got something on the ball and replays suggested it may possibly have glanced his fingers.

    All goals are reviewed before the restart of play in the centre of the ground and the league is satisfied that allowing Hartung’s goal to stand was the correct call.

    “There was not enough definitive evidence to overrule and change the decision in time before the restart of play,” an AFL spokesman told the league’s website on Sunday.

    “So the original decision stood.”

    AFL football boss Steve Hocking put score reviews on the agenda earlier in the season when he said they were taking too long and he would instruct reviewers to complete their task quicker.

    Sydney coach John Longmire was uncertain about the incident but seemingly philosophical about the outcome.

    ‘Someone told me he (McVeigh) touched it, is that right or not?” Longmire said at his post-match press conference.

    “If he touched it, he touched it and that’s what the review is for, I would have thought, but anyway.”

    Score reviews were in the spotlight again on Sunday afternoon when two Richmond goals were overturned in the second quarter of their clash against Fremantle at the MCG.

    Dustin Martin snapped truly through traffic only to have it disallowed upon review, as did Josh Caddy in similar circumstances.

    On both occasions, no review was called for on the field, but play was held up while reviews were completed to the chagrin of coach Damien Hardwick, who last week blasted the score review system.

    “The ball goes back to the centre bounce and then all of a sudden, we’re waiting around for 45 seconds,” Hardwick said using a Shai Bolton score from last year as an example.

    “Figure it out. It’s not hard.”

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • May 6th 2018 @ 5:04pm
      Birdman said | May 6th 2018 @ 5:04pm | ! Report

      Massive fail AFL.

    • May 6th 2018 @ 5:46pm
      kanga glitch/ malfunction said | May 6th 2018 @ 5:46pm | ! Report

      Some kind of video umpire video glitch I’m sure

    • Roar Guru

      May 6th 2018 @ 6:36pm
      hairy fat man said | May 6th 2018 @ 6:36pm | ! Report

      The stills I’ve seen were quite blurry. No definitive evidence of a touch, and no clear deflection of the ball. Umpires call, for mine.

      • May 6th 2018 @ 6:56pm
        Birdman said | May 6th 2018 @ 6:56pm | ! Report

        hmm…nice try – one of the clearer ones IMO.

        Not fussed by the result but the VR can’t be this bad when the AFL has such deep pockets.

        On the other hand the A League had a significantly worse fail yesterday.

        • Roar Guru

          May 6th 2018 @ 11:23pm
          hairy fat man said | May 6th 2018 @ 11:23pm | ! Report

          You might have seen a different angle to me, but the evidence has to be strong to overturn it.

        • May 7th 2018 @ 8:05am
          Davo said | May 7th 2018 @ 8:05am | ! Report

          The A league failure was a joke. Imagine if the goal review system went down in AFL grand final and cost the other team. End of the day regardless if McVeigh touched the ball, which is inclusive the Roos deserved the win and were the better side on the night.

    • May 7th 2018 @ 7:35am
      Pope Paul VII said | May 7th 2018 @ 7:35am | ! Report

      Obvious touch ball on replay, Heeney’s non 50m penalty was worse.

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