The AFL’s score review system has been slammed yet again after a goal that replays showed was touched wasn’t overturned in the GWS and Collingwood clash.
GWS were heading for their first-ever Grand Final clash after leading Collingwood by 20 in the fourth quarter.
But a Josh Thomas goal appeared to be touched by GWS star Lachie Keefe.
Gerard Whateley said on SEN that it was a “catastrophic failure of a diabolical review system,” after replays suggesting the football was touched were ignored and the goal was awarded.
Fortunately, the decision didn’t cost the Giants after they held on for the victory despite a fast-finishing Collingwood.
Despite the win, fans and commentators were left fuming the Score Review System could still make such an error in an important game.
“That decision is an absolute disgrace… we’ve got a review system for a reason, everybody could see that was a behind”— Triple M Footy (@triplemfooty) September 21, 2019
Nathan Brown isn’t happy with that the ARC didn’t overturn Josh Thomas’s goal #AFLPiesGiants
Score Review:— Sam McClure (@sam_mcclure) September 20, 2019
Tim Kelly’s last game for Geelong was enormous. #AFLTigerCats
Why have a score review if the reviewers can’t review......what a bloody joke AFL.....— Jim Durante (@JimDurante2) September 21, 2019
No score review favours https://t.co/aSp2e2RAQd— travis howard (@travish91876095) September 21, 2019
GWS win thriller
GWS are through to their first-ever AFL grand final after they stunned hot favourite Collingwood in a four-point preliminary final thriller at the MCG.
The Giants led by a game-high 33 points early in the final term on Saturday, but had to withstand a stirring late challenge by the Pies, who kicked the last four goals of the match only to fall agonisingly short - 8.8 (56) to 7.10 (52).
If the Magpies had managed to fall over the line, it would have been a controversial win after Josh Thomas was awarded a goal in the last quarter that appeared to be touched off the boot.
Thomas' next goal with seven minutes to go in the game sliced the margin to six points and set up a frantic finale with the ball camped out in the Magpies' front half.
But Nathan Buckley's men could find a way past the brave Giants, who hung on for the most famous win the club's eight-season history.
The vast majority of the 77,828 fans in attendance wore black and white and they left the MCG with broken hearts for the second time in two years, following on from last year's grand final defeat to West Coast.
Star players Toby Greene (suspension) and Lachie Whitfield (appendicitis) were ripped from Leon Cameron's line-up in the week leading up to the clash, and co-captain Davis (calf) was hobbled early.
But the Giants were simply tougher in the clinches, winning more than their share of ground balls and dominating the territory game in the first three quarters.
The Pies had been desperately disappointing for the most part, but somehow sprang to life after the last change.
They attacked in waves in a way that they hadn't managed for most of the match, Brodie Grundy leading he way with an incredible 73 hitouts.
But this was a GWS story.
Nick Haynes was superb across half-back with 30 possessions and nine marks, Zac Williams gathered 25 touches with 10 clearances and a goal.
Josh Kelly (27 possessions) and Tim Tarranto (26) also made important contributions.
Master tagger Matt De Boer went to Scott Pendlebury and kept the Pies skipper to 18 possessions.