Score review ‘head scratcher’ has Bulldogs perplexed
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has questioned a score review decision that denied the Bulldogs a goal during the second quarter of Friday night's thriller at the MCG against Collingwood.
Bulldogs' forward Sam Lloyd had a long set shot for goal that was touched by his Western Bulldogs teammate Aaron Naughton as he flew for a mark with a pack of players near the goal line.
The goal umpire made a soft call that is was touched before sending the decision to the score review adjudicators so they could assess the footage.
Although the call was tight it appeared from at least one angle seen by those watching on television and at the ground that Naughton had touched the ball after it had crossed the line.
Beveridge, who was asked post-game whether he thought Lloyd's kick was a goal, said it seemed to be from what he saw.
"It was a goal. It was a goal. I think it was Aaron Naughton's hands on it wasn't it?" Beveridge said.
"I don't know why that was a point. I know the umpire called it touched, but when it's reviewed and it's a goal – they haven't got the previous frame – I'm not sure why that's not a goal."
Beveridge also said he did not think the decision affected the result.
"That's not why we lost the game, but that's a head scratcher."
However he did not resile from his initial thought that the ball was over the line when Naughton got a hand to it.
"You do train your eyes on it when it comes up [on replay] and it did look like a goal," Beveridge said.
The Bulldogs lost the scrappy game by 14 points after leading by five points at the final break and reclaiming the lead midway through the final quarter before the Magpies piled Read More – Source
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