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Goodes played on: umpires' boss


Martin Blake

Unhappy: Swan Adam Goodes last Friday.

Unhappy: Swan Adam Goodes last Friday. Photo: Getty Images

THE AFL umpiring department has given the tick to one of two controversial decisions in last Friday's Sydney-Geelong game.

The weekly review agreed with the umpire's view that Adam Goodes played on after marking in the third quarter.

But the review found Corey Enright should have been called to play on during the final quarter, a non-decision that resulted in a 50-metre penalty on Sydney's Sam Reid.

Although Goodes shaped to handball, it was his positioning that prompted the play-on call by umpire Dean Margetts.

''He takes the mark, he turns and pivots, then takes two or three shuffling steps forward of his mark,'' said umpires' director Jeff Gieschen.

''He didn't go sideways off his mark, but as soon as he went forward of his mark, the umpire called play on. It wasn't about shaping to handball. If you're on your line, you can actually shape to handball.''

With the Reid 50-metre penalty, the umpires' coaches deemed that umpire Shane McInerney should have called Enright to play on.

Thus, while the 50-metre penalty was technically correct, they believed Reid was unlucky.

''He [Enright] ran about three steps to his right,'' said Gieschen.

''Our umpire should've gone 'bang' straight away, 'play on'. Sam Reid took matters into his own hands. We've been encouraging our umpires to be proactive in calling play-on. If we don't, and the guy wanders off, it's not fair on the guy on the mark. He's losing his right to put pressure on that bloke.''


  • You have to love how Gieschen keeps a straight face when he is explaining these horribly inconsistent decisions that can teams cost games. The bloke would look you in the eye and tellyou the sky isnt blue.

    Date and time
    June 27, 2012, 8:20AM
    • Let me tell you Geisch!
      "Goodes did NOT play on."
      He shaped to hand pass - that is not play on. Margetts made another wrong call. You can colour it all you want. The crowd didn't agree, the commentators didn't agree and when dissecting the game afterward, the critics did not agree.
      Go to an Optometrist and get your eyes checked and then learn that discretion is the better part of valour. If he is wrong say that he was wrong.
      You lose credibility every time you open your mouth at the moment.

      Tiger of Old
      Carlton North
      Date and time
      June 27, 2012, 8:52AM
      • Maybe you should go and have a look at the footage, especially from side on ( He took the mark, turned around and walked three steps over the mark. It wasn't like his momentum carried him forward either as he was facing the opposite direction to mark the ball and then turned around. The umpire signalled play-on before he even shaped to handpass. I am one of Goodsey's greatest fans and I think he gets some bad calls, but the umpire was right on this one.

        Date and time
        June 27, 2012, 11:00AM
      • Margetts made the right call under intense pressure with hight stakes. This is proven by the video footage. Well umpired.
        Moreover, Gieschen comes on TV and identifies which decisions were right and which were wrong and apologises to the club that suffered.
        What more could you possibly want?

        Be reasonable
        Date and time
        June 27, 2012, 11:04AM
      • Got it wrong.just like the Umpire..A close look at the vision shows the Umpire did not call play on until after Goodsey feigned the handball..... As for the apology to the Swans.perhaps an apology to those affected by the betting margins....Apology ?? your kidding me. Cheap words to cover up an even cheaper mistake.

        Jimmy The Kid
        Date and time
        June 27, 2012, 11:19AM
      • Well Jimmy the Kid, I have gone back and looked even more closely and the umpires starts raising both arms from his side as Goodes bends his knees. He had probably started calling play on before he raised his arms but there is no mike up of the umpire available. Are you really saying though that Goodes did not go over the mark? And of course you have never made a mistake in your life. If you are stupid enough to gamble on a game of football you deserve all you get. A fool and his money are easily parted.

        Date and time
        June 27, 2012, 2:24PM
    • I'll cop the Goodes one as it happened so quickly that I'm not sure where the mark was and if stepped over it then its play on. The Enright one, however, was a howler. While the umpire may have been "technically" right as he hadn't called play on surely common sense should prevail and where a player has CLEARLY played on the man on the mark shouldn't be penalised just because the umpire hasn't called it. I'm sick of hearing Gieschen try to dig his way out of every bad decision and blaming the player for "taking matters into their own hands" rather than applying common sense to the way games are umpired.

      The problem with umpiring these days is that everything is being micromanaged by Giesch and Sawers. Go back 5 or 10 years and umpires were able to umpire, applying the laws and spirit of the laws they way they should be rather than having every interpretation dictated by Head Office. The current holding the ball interpretation is a classic example - drives me nuts seeing the players throw their arms in the air pleading for a free every time a player and ball goes to ground. While the umpiring back then wasn't perfect (hi Goldspink & McLaren) its a hell of a lot better than what we see today.

      I feel just as sorry for the umpires as I do the players and fans as they are just trying to hold their spot and have to tow the party line else be dropped. The AFL really needs to lift its game.

      Date and time
      June 27, 2012, 9:08AM
      • Gieschen admitted that the Enright decision was wrong, very wrong, and has rung the Swans to apologise due to the consequences of the decision. Did you bother reading the article before going off on an anti-AFL/Umpiring rant? If you thing you can do a better job, then become an umpire.

        Date and time
        June 27, 2012, 10:46AM
      • Ross,
        Maybe you should re-read it and then read my comment again. If you think that was an anti umpiring rant then maybe you should go to the footy more. I was expressly supportive of the umpires and limited my criticism to the way they are coached.

        What Gieschen said - according to this article - is that the the umpire should have called play on but he didn't and, to quote the article, "thus, while the 50-metre penalty was technically correct, they believed Reid was unlucky". I stand by my opinion that rather than reflecting on how unlucky Reid was to be technically correctly penalised the Umpiring Department should look at letting umpires umpire and use common sense in the application of the laws and spirit of the laws.

        Thanks for your suggestion that I take up umpiring but been there and done that and was reasonably successful umpiring at state and national level so I think that I'm qualified to comment all the same. It would be more helpful if you were to engage in the conversation about the standard of umpiring than get stuck into me if you haven't read and/or understood my comments.

        Date and time
        June 27, 2012, 11:33AM
      • a quick look at the vision shows that Reid did not go over the mark anyway.......Appears to me that some subscribe to the Emperors got no clothes scenario...

        Jimmy The Kid
        Date and time
        June 27, 2012, 1:48PM

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