Geelong coach Chris Scott says the AFL’s much-maligned score review system was never going to be perfect, but it is an improvement.
Geelong coach Chris Scott has backed the AFL’s much-maligned score review system, saying critics are missing the point.
The night after Essendon were allowed a controversial goal in their narrow win over GWS, there were two more score reviews on Friday night during the Cats’ 27-point win over Adelaide.
Adelaide’s Elliott Himmelberg was allowed a goal after it appeared to shave the point post.
Later in the game, the ball was back in the centre square when a goal to Geelong star Tim Kelly was disallowed because it brushed the post.
While the two reviews went against Geelong, Scott was unfazed and said the review system is an improvement.
“I must be in the minority – I cannot understand some people saying ‘just get rid of it, because it was better before’,” Scott said.
“My understanding of the rationale for bringing it in, was to help with the howler – a bit like the hawkeye in cricket.
“It was to stop the really bad error that everyone knew was there and I think it’s achieved that goal in spades.”
Also on Friday night, Scott is hopeful that Cats star Patrick Dangerfield has avoided a significant hip injury.
Crows defender Daniel Talia cannoned into him in a marking contest and Scott said it should have been a free-kick to Dangerfield.
But more importantly for the Cats, Dangerfield played out the game after his hip knock.
“He seemed to get a little bit better as he went on, but it looked at halftime as if he wouldn’t be able to play,” Scott said.
“He is one of the more tough players that I’ve seen. And I’ve seen a few.”
It was a scratchy win for Geelong on Friday night after the previous week’s loss to Port Adelaide.
Geelong recovered from a poor first term against the Crows and Scott said the competition leaders are not striking fear for now into opposition teams.
“We certainly haven’t fallen into the trap of thinking that we’re better than we are,” Scott said.
“If we did, we’d just look at a bit of vision of the last two weeks.
“There have been big patches where most teams would look at us and say ‘I’m not sure what’s so scary about them’ and that would be fair enough.”
Mark Blicavs’ move into the ruck was game-changing, while Kelly was strong again and small forwards Luke Dahlhaus, Gryan Miers and Jordan Clark all impressed.
Jed Bews also returned to the team and shut down goalsneak Eddie Betts.