Three-time Richmond premiership coach Damien Hardwick has confirmed his Tigers have sought an official, detailed explanation from the league about the AFL Review Centre's highly-scrutinised decision to overturn Tom Lynch's game-defining shot at goal during last Thursday night's elimination final loss to the Brisbane Lions.
Lynch's set shot kick, initially determined to be a goal by the adjudicating goal umpire, was swiftly overturned, despite it appearing to most at the ground and on the game's broadcast that there was not enough conclusive evidence to make the irrefutable determination that the ball had sailed directly over the left goalpost.
Speaking on Fox Footy's AFL 360 on Monday evening, Hardwick stated the AFL has offered to walk Richmond officials through the ARC's decision-making process that resulted in overturning Lynch's goal.
"We thought we owed it upon ourselves, fans and players to go through the process. (AFL football operations boss) Brad (Scott) and the AFL have offered to step us through the process at some stage," Hardwick said.
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"I thought there was a precedent set that if there wasn't adequate vision to assess the situation, it went back to the umpire's call. That was the thing that alarmed me at that stage."
Hardwick also commented on the recent conjecture that Lynch's reaction to the kick, or lack thereof, was a factor in the ARC's decision to go against the adjudicating goal umpire's initial decision.
"People talk about Tom's reaction — Tom was blinded by the lights ... there's not enough vision to make [a] definitive decision that's right. We've either got to get the technology to the level it needs to be, or we let the man under the post make the decision," he defiantly said.
"I honestly believe Richmond supporters deserve an explanation why that was deemed a point."
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"It cost people jobs, it cost our club millions of millions of dollars … if we were good enough we should've won anyway, but imagine if a grand final was defined by that moment right there."
With last Thursday's loss firmly in the rear-view mirror, Hardwick and Richmond are set to shift their attention to the upcoming AFL trade period, commencing in early October.