Modern game confuses Woosha

Sportal August 16, 2012, 9:18 am
John Worsfold

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West Coast coach John Worsfold says he is glad he is not playing in the AFL today after Joel Selwood's reprimand for pushing brother Adam on Friday night.

The Geelong captain was running down the wing in his team's loss to West Coast when older brother Adam collided with him at full tilt in an incident which saw them both on the ground momentarily.

However, Joel got to his feet first and pushed over Adam, who was on all fours recovering from the bump.

The Match Review Panel handed down a reprimand for misconduct, feeling Joel had 'made unnecessary or unreasonable contact with an injured player'.

The reprimand cost Selwood 80 demerit points and leaves him on 84 carryover points for the rest of the season.

"I'm glad I'm not playing now, because it wouldn't be any fun watching from the stands," Worsfold said when asked if the AFL was taking the fun out of the game.

"I always believed that when I played the game, a lot of my bumps were fair. But the way the game is these days, I'd be in strife in that regard."

The reprimand follows the AFL's crackdown on head high contact and protection of injured players.

Worsfold said he was comfortable with the AFL's position and need to protect the players.

"The game's in pretty good shape, and everyone's aware that we're protecting the head of the players," he said.

"That's made it a very fine line about whether players face sanctions from the Match Review Panel with any bump now that may look like it was the only option a player had available but you've got to take responsibility."

Worsfold said the match review panel had made the correct decision.

"We can all see the fun in it," he said.

"His (younger) brother pushed him over and says 'you did your best to knock me over and I'm jogging off and you're still on the ground'.

"But in the letter of the law, the Match Review Panel has a responsibility to look after injured players, and that's the way they saw it."

Joel will remain eligible to win the Brownlow medal despite the incident.

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  1. Jeffrey02:12pm Thursday 16th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    he was saying fair enough for Selwood to be pinged but luckily for him the same rules did not apply when he was playing...Woosha was known for dishing it out and leaving a few opponents on the deck...same as Dermie, Ablett could get away with a lot more back then

  2. Daggers01:54pm Thursday 16th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Poor umpiring & changing the interpretation of the rules from week to week is ruining the game. The AFL & their director of umpiring is to blame. Despite being very frustrating, it is still better to watch that any other game (in my opinion)

  3. mr01:43pm Thursday 16th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    If all of the foregoing commentaries knew anyhting about the game and had played it at the highest level you would have deduced what Worsfold was trying to say with tongue in cheek and that is the game is simply not the same i.e. sanitized by inconsistent umpiring with interpretations and decisions that simply boggle the mind and what can one say about the Match Review Panel, about the only thing they got right this year was to give Judd a suspension however in review he should have got 8 weeks.. By the way Woosher was once of the best and toughest footballer to ever go round in the old mould of players e.g. Barassi Tuddenham et al.

  4. Yarrum99901:41pm Thursday 16th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Read the story properly you morons.

  5. DOLLARS01:29pm Thursday 16th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    If he is confused maybe he shouldn't be coaching.

  6. Joel01:04pm Thursday 16th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I am actually rather confused as to what Worsfold was trying to say. I think John is a bit confused himself. Were they right in sanctioning Joel Selwood or not!? He is not playing now and IS watching from the stands, so is he bored?

  7. Pippa Middleton12:02pm Thursday 16th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Worsfold, just keep up with the game, your a no brainer.

  8. garry jessop12:01pm Thursday 16th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Woosher yeah you may have spend a few weeks in the stands but me and my mate Robbie Muir would have got life each week.

  9. H2O11:42am Thursday 16th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The COLLINGWOOD FOOTBALL LEAGUE would not like your surgestion "Rooster"

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  10. 09:59am Thursday 16th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    They do need to make the game a bit more of a national game. I would recommend moving the cats to Hobart, and the magpies to Darwin. Better for everyone.

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