Video technology: AFL's mixed reviews
Unlike in cricket's decision review system, players cannot appeal to have a decision reviewed. Photo: Vince Caligiuri
It wasn't a video nasty, but coaches gave mixed reports about the new referral system.
THE AFL's on-going experiment with video referrals for scores, introduced to give more clarity, delivered an inconsistent picture after some contentious decisions this weekend.
Coaches had mixed feelings about the system and the debate over the use of the technology is sure to intensify with the AFL seemingly determined to introduce it for the home-and-away season.
Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss said he was not a fan while Port Adelaide's Matthew Primus said the players should be given a say in whether a decision is referred.
''It didn't feel right,'' said Voss. ''There is something clunky about it. Regardless of what happened … the game stopping, I just don't like that.''
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson, however, was in favour after a point scored by Port Adelaide was reversed and deemed out on the full - and the Crows won by a point.
"It was good for us today because it worked for us," Sanderson said. "Any time you can put a result beyond doubt, and without affecting the time of the game or unnecessary long interruptions, is good for the game. I am sure they will keep testing the technology and get it right.''
Unlike in cricket's decision review system, players cannot appeal to have a decision reviewed. The choice to review is the umpires'. Primus said the players should be involved. "I think it would be important for players to be able to call for a review if they [the AFL] want to bring that in," he said.
Some of the decisions over the weekend that caused some conjecture included:
■ In yesterday's Carlton-Port Adelaide game a soccer kick from the Blues' Andrew Collins that dribbled for goal appeared to have been
touched before crossing the line by a diving Brad Ebert.
A goal was awarded by the goal umpire and the umpires did not call for a review. However TV replays suggested the ball looked to have not fully crossed the line when it was touched.
■ Adelaide and Port, the goal umpire awarded a behind to Port but the umpires reviewed the decision and it showed the ball hitting the behind post and the decision was reversed.
■ On Friday a Sydney goal looked like it might have been touched on the line by Saint Brendon Goddard. The decision was reviewed and was allowed to stand based on the vision available, the camera angles did not definitely establish if the ball had crossed the line.
■ On Saturday Brisbane's Pat Karnezis kicked a goal, only for it to be overturned and a behind given after the reviewer deemed the ball had grazed the inside of the post.
Under the rules the umpires have 40 seconds to check on a decision.
AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson has said previously the league was keen to introduce video reviews in the home-and-away season as soon as this year if the second year of the testing proved successful.
''We are serious about the video-assisted scoring consultation,'' Anderson said. ''We want to use the technology if it's there.''