Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has slammed the AFL’s video review system, describing the ARC as “inadequate” after a late fourth-quarter decision in the Tigers’ final win over Brisbane at the Gabba.
In the dying minutes, Tom Lynch’s shot sailed over the keeper and the goalkeeper made a soft call that it was a goal. However, after video replay, it was ruled that it was behind that would have hit the post.
The goal sealed the game for the Tigers but Brisbane marched down the other end of the field for Joe Daniher.
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The AFL said in a statement on Friday night that the decision was correct: “The ARC has reviewed all camera angles and it appears to be a definite from behind.” The right call was made.”
But Hardwick didn’t pull his punches after the game.
“I feel like the technology isn’t good enough. It didn’t last long,” he said.
We put in a lot of money and it still isn’t fixed.
“We have goal judges. Choose which way you want to go… The whole thing is that the technology is not up to par, so either you get better or you don’t.
Asked if he was upset the goal was overturned by the ARC – possibly on inconclusive evidence – Hardwick said: “That’s up to you to find out.” I can’t make that call.
“I’m sitting there seeing a vision of what you’re doing. I’ve seen the umpire make the call and generally he should be right to overturn it.
Asked if he wanted to invest some in the technology, Hardwick said, “Why don’t we let the jurors call? Allow them to work, get paid to work – or don’t have them, one of two. It makes no sense to me.
“The fact of the matter is we saw a great game of football and one side had to lose – and unfortunately it was us tonight.”
Lions coach Chris Fagan said the chain of events had left him stressed.
“I was looking at the screen to do what they were saying,” the Lions coach told reporters.
“I didn’t really know what was coming – and I was very relieved when it was a point and there was still a chance for us.
“It was that kind of game, the swings and the roundabouts, the moments.”
Hardwick said the result summed up Richmond’s 2022 campaign, which was ultimately “disappointing”.
“It probably summed up our year to be fair,” he said.
“We battled every game and I think we played a style of play that allowed us to do that, but the fact of the matter is that it disappointed us all year again tonight. “The fundamentals of the game, we weren’t good enough for a long time – that’s a tough lesson for us, unfortunately.
“We had some chances where we could have been a little cleaner.”
– NCA Newswire