AFL score review criticism intensifies; Membrey ruled out of final for personal health reasons


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The final verdict was that Acres had managed to touch the ball before it went through in the two incidents – although footage of the second score was not clear.

“When I’m on the bench, you don’t get to see replays like you guys in the media,” Longmire said post-match.

“I didn’t know … I still haven’t seen it.”

Longmire was then asked if the score review system was good enough and he replied: “Clearly not”.

He also ruefully noted Sydney’s contrasting score review fortunes when he hoped for changes to the system.

“We’ve been on both sides of the fence, haven’t we?” he said. “We spend a fair bit trying to get things right at club land.”

Saints forward ruled out for personal health reasons

St Kilda’s Tim Membrey was ruled out of Saturday’s elimination final against Greater Western Sydney due to a personal health matter.

In a statement on Saturday morning, the Saints said that Membrey would be replaced by Anthony Caminiti in the side for the clash at the MCG.

Caminiti was not listed as an emergency, but the AFL granted permission for him to come into the side.

St Kilda forward Tim Membrey.

St Kilda forward Tim Membrey.Credit: Getty Images

The Saints later confirmed that Membrey was managing a “mental health challenge”.

“In this situation we really need to respect Tim and what he’s going through,” assistant coach Lenny Hayes told SEN pre-match.

“He’s just got a mental health challenge at the moment that’s sort of reared, and that’s really all I can say out of respect to him.

“He’s in really good hands at the moment, and our thoughts are with him.”

The 29-year-old Membrey had returned for St Kilda’s final three home-and-away matches after overcoming a knee injury, kicking three goals in the round-24 loss to the Brisbane Lions.

But his omission was confirmed early on match day.

“St Kilda Football Club has this morning confirmed with the AFL and the GWS Giants the late omission of Tim Membrey for today’s elimination final,” the club’s statement said.

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“Membrey is currently receiving appropriate care and treatment due to a personal health matter.

“Tim’s health and wellbeing is our primary concern and the club asks that Tim and the Membrey family’s privacy is respected at this time.”

The experienced forward had been poised to line up in attack alongside fellow tall Max King for just the third time this season, and was about to play in a final series for just the second time in his decade-long career.

A crowd of more than 65,000 is expected for St Kilda’s first September appearance in Melbourne for 12 years.

The winner of the St Kilda-GWS clash will play the loser of Saturday night’s qualifying final between the Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide in a semi-final next week.

Staff reporter, with AAP

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AFL score review criticism intensifies; Membrey ruled out of final for personal health reasons

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