Veteran AFL umpire Ray Chamberlain has backed the controversial goal line video review process and predicted the league would enforce a rule to punish defenders rushing the ball through the goal for the 2017 season.
Affectionately known as Razor Ray, Canberra-raised Chamberlain is in the capital preparing for a fundraising cycle from Parliament House to Melbourne on Monday morning for GriefLine and mental health awareness.
Fans and the media were critical towards the video review system but Chamberlain said the technology would only help make correct decisions, even if it was insufficient at times.
"Anything that can make sure that we aren't costing teams games and premierships through clear and obvious errors is a good thing," Chamberlain said.
He said fans needed to acknowledge the technology is imperfect.
"In every part of life it's not like that's going to be the solution to everything but if it can help then that's OK. I just think we probably need to gather our expectations a little," he said.
Chamberlain also endorsed the changes to the rules in the 2016 season which encouraged players to keep the ball in play and to create faster transition.
"One thing I'm excited to see is where the AFL end up with the deliberate rushed behind. I know it's something they are talking with the clubs a lot about," he said.
He and nine other riders, including his brother Peter and fellow AFL umpire Chris Donlan, are raising money and awareness through the Chamberlain Foundation.
The group will feature in events along the six-day ride to endorse GriefLine and encourage people suffering from mental health issues to seek help.
"GriefLine do an enormous amount of work throughout these regional areas that I was blissfully unaware and ignorant to until 18 months ago when my brother's best friend Robbie took his own life," Chamberlain said.
"One of the things that we learned out of the passing of Robbie is directly the demons he was fighting, which became acutely aware to all us too late.
"There are so many people left feeling so many issues and so many questions and that can have a debilitating ripple effect. Tat's where GriefLine provides such a wonderful service and support."
The Chamberlain Foundation was also piloting a program in partnership with R U OK? to reasonably educate primary school children to the importance of support.
"It's about trying to teach kids how to be a good friend, how to be a good mate and just increasing that level of emotional intelligence," Chamberlain said. "We're trying to develop a culture of having those conversations and being good with that."