The man of many excuses, Mick Malthouse, put the AFL on blast on Thursday, saying there are “no excuses” for the league for only just moving to included greater goalline technology ahead of this weekend’s Round 15 action.
Carlton’s vital clash against Collingwood at the MCG on Friday night will be one of three Round 15 matches to include Hawk-Eye technology, the same technology used in cricket and tennis, for goalline decisions, however the move is being made on a trial basis and will not provide definitive rulings for decisions under question.
An angry Malthouse took aim at the AFL for acting so late on what has been the second biggest controversy of the 2013 season.
"It didn't help us two weeks ago. If you're going to bring things in bring them in at the beginning of the year. Grow up," Malthouse fumed.
"Don't knee jerk. Don't find out there's something available at Round 15 when it was available in Round 1."
"For an organisation which is that big, has that many people … and they have to wait until round 15 to discover that there's some mechanism that actually gets it right? Turn it up."
The AFL will continue to operate the goal review process from broadcaster provided cameras for most matches- a tactic that has proven largely unsuccessful since the league gave umpires the power to review questionable decisions last season.
In his first year at the helm of the Blues, Malthouse has failed to visibly improve a team that stands at the same exact win-loss total (6-7) that it achieved at this point last year under Brett Ratten.
The ninth-placed Blues have been stung by a contentious goalline decision earlier in the year- they lost the Round 11 clash with Essendon by five points after forward Jeff Garlett was denied a clear goal in the first quarter of the match.
See Malthouse's comments at the 8:15 mark of the below video.
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