RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick has slammed the technology used by the AFL Review Centre and says it needs to be improved after a controversial finish to Thursday night’s elimination final at the Gabba.
Brisbane pulled off a stunning final-minute victory to end the Tigers’ seasonin dramatic fashion, with the Lions progressing to next weekend’s semi-final after Joe Daniher kicked the winner in the dying moments.
It came after Richmond key forward Tom Lynch had a goal overturned by the ARC with less than two minutes to play that would have extended the Tigers’ lead to an almost unassailable nine points.
The AFL later ticked off the decision, but Hardwick said the technology used to overturn the on-field call is not reliable.
“I just feel the technology is not good enough,” Hardwick said.
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“It hasn’t been for a long period of time. I think we’ve put a lot of money into it and clearly, it’s indecisive still. We’ve got goal umpires, pick which way you want to go.
“The technology is not to the level that it needs to be, so either get it better or don’t have it. I see the goal umpire make a call and generally it’s got to be definitive to overturn it.
“I’ve used the GIF before, the common sense GIF, but I’m not bringing that back out.
“Why don’t we just let the umpires make the call? They’re paid to do a job, let them do a job or don’t have them. To me it doesn’t make any sense.
“I was pretty adamant when it first came out, but the fact of the matter is we saw a pretty good game of footy. One side has to lose, unfortunately that was us tonight.”
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The AFL released a statement an hour after the final siren that validated the ARC’s decision.
“The arc reviewed all the camera angles and it is viewed as a definitive behind. The correct call was made,” the statement read.
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan, who was standing with the Lions bench at the time, said he scrambled to get a look at a replay of Lynch’s shot to see if his side was still a chance to win the game.
“I was watching it on the screen trying to work out what they’d say, but I didn’t really know what would come up,” he said.
“I was pretty relieved that it was a point and there was still a chance for us.”