The score review system has by no means been without its share of controversy, and has been especially scrutinised in 2019 compared to previous seasons.
Numerous occasions where goals were originally given as such by the goal umpire, reviewed by the field umpire and eventually overturned caused unrest among fans and pundits alike.
After the Ben Brown debacle in Tasmania three rounds ago, AFL 360 host Gerard Whateley called for the system to be scrapped, suggesting it be re-implemented in 2020 after a proper examination.
Following yet another controversial incident, this time in the nail-biting Essendon-GWS encounter last round, Western Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris believes the system is in need of a drastic overhaul.
The injured premiership defender told Nine Network’s The Oval Office that a significantly improved level of both training and funding need to be put towards the ailing technology in order to avoid mistakes potentially deciding results, as was observed with the Shaun McKernan ‘goal’ Thursday night.
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“What the AFL need to do is put in a lot more resources into this area,” he said on Monday night’s broadcast.
“So whether they go down Snicko or Hotspot or whatever it is, and the people who are reviewing the system need to be trained up well enough that they need to know exactly what they’re doing.”
McKernan’s goal late in the final term, which brought scores level before Cale Hooker’s eventual match-winner, was not reviewed at the time and play resumed as normal.
Morris went on to add that the review system needs to be successfully introduced at every venue that hosts matches for premiership points.
“It needs to be implemented at every ground that plays AFL, whether it’s in Tassie, whether it’s in Ballarat, whether it’s at Marvel, MCG, whatever it is, it needs to be rolled out everywhere and if it can’t, then it needs to be reviewed.”