4-time premiership Hawk Jordan Lewis says a timekeeping controversy might have value the Western Bulldogs a high 4 spot.
With 15 minutes remaining in Saturday night’s Brisbane-West Coast match and Fox Footy’s stay ladder fluctuating by the minute, Lions midfielder Jarrod Berry took a mark in entrance of Tom Cole.
The Eagle remonstrated, believing it had been touched, which led the umpire calling time on after he paid the mark.
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A number of seconds later – as soon as Cole had moved again onto the mark – Fox Footy’s cameras confirmed the umpire elevating his proper arm to sign break day.
At this level, the clock ought to have begun once more. However it didn’t. It was 24 seconds till Berry kicked the ball and the clock began ticking.
In easy phrases, the match went 24 seconds longer than it ought to have.
Fourteen minutes after the obvious error, the battle for fourth went all the way down to the wire. With 18 seconds remaining within the match, Lion Lincoln McCarthy kicked the game-defining level to edge his group forward on the ladder over the Canine, who had been hoping West Coast would both win or lose by a small margin.
After being offered the footage on Fox Footy’s half-time protection of Geelong-Melbourne, Lewis argued the “easy error” might have value the Canine a double probability.
“You’ll be able to argue it value Western Bulldogs a top-four spot as a result of all the pieces occurred in that final 20 to 25 seconds,” Lewis stated.
“Individuals would possibly say ‘it’s a little bit of a stretch’ and there was 14 minutes to go. That would have been the sport. The Western Bulldogs miss out on the highest 4. A easy error has value the aspect a high 4 place.
“It mustn’t occur. It’s a easy job to do. Watch the umpire, see if his arm goes up, if it goes up once more, begin the clock.”
Western Bulldogs nice Brad Johnson agreed, pointing to the upcoming finals as the principle cause why clear timekeeping errors have to be ironed out.
“I perceive the larger nature of this,” Johnson instructed Fox Footy.
“ … Of what we’re going into. Errors like this needs to be averted.”
Final 12 months, foxfooty.com.au reported similar communication errors between timekeepers and umpires on three events in a 16-day interval in August.
Following the errors, Shane McInerney, who officiated a VFL/AFL document 502 matches earlier than retiring in 2019, revealed the AFL has the choice of wiring umpires up with timekeepers if it desires.
“The chance is there,” McInerney instructed foxfooty.com.au.
“Whether or not it’s one thing that the AFL desires to encourage timekeepers to do in a case the place there is perhaps an apparent incident of misplaced time I’m unsure.”
Although the 2020 incidents and the one on Saturday night are the identical insofar as they’re communication errors, they differ from the newest instance as a result of on this event it seems the timekeeper has not seen the sector umpire elevate his arm.
The AFL has been contacted for remark.