Giants’ skipper Stephen Coniglio does not want the AFL to allow players to challenge goalscoring decisions, despite the error in last year’s preliminary final that nearly cost Greater Western Sydney a spot in the grand final.
During the last quarter of that match score reviewers in the AFL’s much-vaunted score review bunker at AFL House failed to overturn an umpire’s decision to award the Magpies a goal despite replays clearly showing the kick from Collingwood’s Josh Thomas was touched off the boot.
The Giants hung on to win the match by four points saving the AFL from greater embarrassment in relation to the decision.
During grand final week, in response to the controversy, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan raised the prospect of players having a limited number of opportunities to challenge goal umpire’s decisions and the competition committee discussed the idea in their post-season meeting.
“Putting more responsibility on the players involved to declare if they touched it or they didn’t, I think would help in terms of the ability to look at it with more time, more dispassionately rather than reviewing every decision,” McLachlan said.