Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and Geelong’s Chris Scott have questioned the AFL’s under-fire video review system after more confusion and delay in their match on Saturday night.
Collingwood’s 31-point win over the Cats at the MCG was held up for several minutes in the third quarter while vision of Geelong midfielder Joel Selwood’s soccered shot for goal was examined.
Not for the first time this season, the vision was declared inconclusive, with both the technology and the process again brought into question for the system introduced this season.
Selwood’s attempt was ruled to be a behind.
Scott says one way to improve things is for the goal umpire to make an immediate ruling rather than sit on the fence as happened last night, then go to the review and change if necessary.
Buckley believes the current technology, which is not helping with clear decision-making as much as first hoped, needs rapid improvement if the system is to be successful.
“It doesn’t sell the product really well when you’re sitting around for two minutes waiting to find out what the result is,” Buckley said.
“It doesn’t show a great deal of confidence in the officiating goal umpire either.
“We need to improve the technology to make sure that we can get the best angles so we can be categoric in what happens, and then perhaps we can have a look at it (having video review).”
And Scott’s message to goal umpires was: “Tell the whole world (your immediate decision).
“Don’t have four umpires saying ‘I think this’ or `I was 75 metres away but I might have seen a deviation’.
“Give me a spell.”