K rock Football

Magpies raise goal concerns

CONTROVERSY has erupted over a goal umpire’s decision that may have cost North Geelong the chance to keep its GDFL finals hopes alive for another week.

Footage of a shot at goal by East Geelong’s John McIntyre around 20 minutes into the final quarter of the clash at Richmond Crescent gives the impression that it was a behind.

And when the goal umpire slapped his chest it seemed a formality he would signal a point for the Eagles.

However, the umpire gave it full points in a clash the Eagles went on to win by three points after coming from 26 points down at three-quarter time, keeping their finals flame burning for another week.

Even McIntyre appeared surprised by the decision, which the Magpies have raised some concerns with.

AFL Barwon umpires boss Jock Hillgrove concedes the goal umpire, who umpires coaches will speak with on Monday night, may have got it wrong.

“From the vision, it appears to be a mistake,” Hillgrove said.

“The camera and the ball are not in line with each other and it does distort the true angle of the kick, which brings it a lot closer than people may think.”

“We’ll be coaching the young umpire around using correct signals and getting under the flight of the ball.”

The loss leaves North Geelong 10 points behind fifth-placed Winchelsea with three rounds to play.

However, Magpies coach Ayden George, although, disappointed says there’s not a lot they can do to change it.

“There was probably a couple of other things we could have done better – easy goals and stuff like that – that could have changed the result,” he said.

“As disappointing as it is, we’re not going to dwell on it.”

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