- Apr 23, 2016
- AFL Club
Except that link relates very specifically to dangerous tackles. It makes no mention of hip and shoulders, bumps or the like. A similar change may have been put into effect, but you can't come to that conclusion from the link you provided.
That wasn't the point of the link, it was to illustrate what their mindset and approach is regarding high contact, and player actions leading to high contact.Yeah, so that article expressly addresses the spear or dangerous tackle and has nothing to do with this.
Again, the notion of 'reading the room' is just random, fluff. I am talking about the hard and fast rules and laws of the game, written in black and white. I have listed and shown why under the AFLs own guidelines on the matter, Williams should have been graded as low. Nobody has been able to challenge that with anything factual and has just gone with "it looked bad".
If these are the current guidelines there's already scope in 4.2(B) to consider what the AFL refers to as body language;
Raising or positioning the body could comfortably be read to include things such as jumping and leaving the ground.In addition, consideration will be given to the body language of the offending Player in terms of flexing, turning, raising or positioning the body to either increase or reduce the force of impact.
In addition, under the same clause they say the following;
Leaving the ground could certainly be seen to have bearing on player momentum as well.Secondly, strong consideration will be given to the potential to cause injury, particularly in the following cases:
High bumps, particularly with significant head contact and/or Player momentum;
Which shows that simply not failing the concussion test and being able to play out the game can't be used as evidence that it wasn't medium contact.The absence of injury does not preclude the classification of impact as Severe.