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‘He’s gone too far’ – Jack Ginnivan warned of free-kick tactics, Longmuir slams Fyfe’s WAFL ‘fiasco’




Collingwood’s Jack Ginnivan has again come under fire for his polarizing style of play, after a series of controversial incidents in the Magpies’ win over Hawthorn.

Coach Craig McRae has confirmed he will seek clarification from the AFL after the 19-year-old was repeatedly denied seemingly obvious free-kicks, with commentators suggesting Ginnivan was paying the price for a reputation as a “stager” in series.

speaking on SEN breakfast On Monday morning, former great Garry Lyon said Ginnivan had “gone too far” in his attempts to win free-kicks, defending referee decisions.

“I’m watching absolutely neutrally and I see it’s okay, ‘you’re going to pay for this at some point.’ And he did,” Lyon said.

“He dove into one of them, had his neck ripped off – he should have held the ball if [the umpire] was not going to call around the neck. It was one or the other. Then he missed one he should have had, and that’s what happens.

“If you are deemed to have dodged, then you have given up your right to win a free kick around the neck; and you are in possession of the ball, then it’s a free kick.

However, former Magpies manager Nathan Buckley sided with McRae, saying there is a ‘competence’ in players who win frees and ‘test the limits’ of what they can and can’t get away with it – citing the use of his body by Geelong’s Tom Hawkins in scoring contests for example.

“I like players who test the limits. I was trying to find different examples – Tom Hawkins and how he approaches a 50 ruck contest before,” Buckley said.

“I think he’s on the edge of giving free kicks every time he uses his body. He does that in aerial contests too, so you could say he’s on the edge of the rules with the way which he uses his strength.

“So if you’re using your size or if you’re using your cunning or if you’re using your smarts to be on the edge of the rules, I don’t have a problem with that.

“It’s a tough match to referee and we have an emotional reaction. If Jack Ginnivan lowers his shoulders or raises his arm – like Joel Selwood has done his entire career – and gets a high free kick, and your defender gave that free kick, you have an emotional reaction.

“So I think we find that we are drawn into that. But that’s the game.”

Ginnivan was a revelation for the Pies in his second season, with two goals against the Hawks taking his season tally to 21 in 10 games.

Jack Ginnivan celebrates a goal. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

‘A fiasco’: Longmuir regrets WAFL’s harassment of Fyfe amid COVID concerns

Fremantle manager Justin Longmuir says it was a mistake not to remove Nat Fyfe from the pitch in the dying minutes of their WAFL return game for Peel Thunder after the Dockers captain was mobbed by fans immediately after the game.

Fyfe will undergo extra health and safety precautions this week to avoid an outbreak at the Dockers, who are rising high after back-to-back wins over premiership favorites Melbourne and Brisbane.

Speaking after the Dockers’ win over the Lions, Longmuir hailed Fyfe’s performance in the WAFL despite being ‘a little rusty’ and admitted the two-time medalist Brownlow would have been hard to come out of a tight game .

“It was a bit of a fiasco yesterday,” Longmuir said of Fyfe’s interaction with fans.

“We would have liked to take him with a few minutes to go and bring him down to the locker room so he doesn’t have to deal with it.

“But the game was on the line, and the competitive beast that he is, he wanted to be out there and wanted to help Peel win.

“That’s how it is. It was great for WA football, I thought.

‘Bailey Smith times ten’: Former Roo, Lion responds to naughty ‘loose strike’

Former North Melbourne and Brisbane player Ryan Bastinac has revealed his injury record following a horrific incident while playing in the Mornington Peninsula League.

Bastinac, who played 164 games for the Kangaroos and Lions between 2010 and 2019, shared an image on Twitter of a facial injury, which he says was the result of a headbutt during a game this week-end.

“Cowardly kicks in local football are not happening these days,” Bastinac wrote.

“The football field is not free to go out and attack people. Put on some gloves and try yourself the right way if that’s what you want to do. But we know that never happens.

“People shouldn’t be playing the game they love and enjoy and have to worry about getting mugged.

“Football is a tough, tough and fair game, but we need to do more to protect all players who play the game the right way. The ‘hard and fair way’ and crush those cowards because there is no no place for that.”

Bastinac reportedly needed six stitches after being treated in hospital for his injury. Talk with the sun heraldhe described the incident as “Bailey Smith multiplied by ten” following the Bulldog’s high-profile header on Geelong’s Zach Tuohy on Friday night, for which he was suspended for two games.




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