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

Collingwood’s Jack Ginnivan is again under fire for his polarizing playstyle, following a string of controversial incidents in the Magpies’ win over Hawthorn.

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

Talk about SEN Breakfast on Monday morning, former big player Garry Lyon said Ginnivan had ‘gone too far’ in his attempts to win free kicks, defending the referees’ decisions.

“I look absolutely neutral and I’m looking forward to, ‘You’re going to pay for that at some point.’ And he did,” Lyon said.

“He dived into one, got ripped around the neck – it should have held the ball if… [the umpire] wasn’t going to shout around the neck. It was one or the other. Then he missed one that he should have gotten, and here’s what happens.

“So if you are deemed to have dived, you have waived your right to win a free kick for a shot in the neck; and you are kept in possession of the ball, then that is a free kick.”

However, former Magpies coach Nathan Buckley sided with McRae, saying there is a “skill” in winning cutters and “testing the limits” of what they can and cannot get away with – citing Geelong’s Tom Hawkins’ use of his body in marking matches is an example.

“I like the players who push the boundaries. I was trying to find different examples – Tom Hawkins and the way he approaches a 50 forward ruck game,” Buckley said.

“I think he’s on the verge of giving away free kicks every time he uses his body. He does that in air matches too, so you can say he’s on the edge of the rules with the way he uses his strength used.

“So if you use your size or your ruse or your cleverness to stay on the edge of the rules, I have no problem with that.

“It’s a difficult game to referee and we have an emotional response. When Jack Ginnivan drops his shoulders or raises his arm – as Joel Selwood has done his entire career – and gets a high free kick, and your defender gave that free kick away, you have an emotional response to that.

“So I think we find ourselves getting carried away with that. But that’s the game.”

Ginnivan was a revelation for the Pies in his sophomore season, scoring two goals against the Hawks, bringing his season tally to 21 from 10 games.

Jack Ginnivan celebrates a goal.

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

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

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir says it was a mistake not to take Nat Fyfe off the field in the closing minutes of his WAFL return game for Peel Thunder after the Dockers captain was mobbed by fans immediately after the game.

Fyfe will take additional health and safety precautions this week to prevent an outbreak at the Dockers, who are doing well after successive wins over premiership favorites Melbourne and Brisbane.

After the Dockers’ win over the Lions, Longmuir praised Fyfe’s performance in the WAFL, despite being a ‘little rusty’, and admitted that the double Brownlow medalist would be difficult to remove from a close match.

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

“We would have liked to have taken him away with a few minutes to go and led him to the changing rooms so he wouldn’t have to deal with that.

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

“It is what it is. It was great for WA footy I thought.”

‘Bailey Smith times ten’: Former Roo, Lion responds to ugly ‘coward hit’

Former North Melbourne and Brisbane player Ryan Bastinac has revealed his injury figure from an ugly incident while playing in the Mornington Peninsula League.

Bastinac, who played 164 games for the Kangaroos and Lions between 2010 and 2019, shared on Twitter an image of a facial injury, which he believes was the result of a headbutt during a game over the weekend.

“Cowardly hits in local football are no longer an issue these days,” wrote Bastinac.

“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 worry about being attacked.

“Footy is a hard, hard 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 eradicate these cowards because there’s no place for them.”

Bastinac reportedly needed six stitches after being treated in hospital for the injury. Speaking with the Herald Sunhe described the incident as ‘Bailey Smith times ten’ in the wake of the Bulldog’s much-discussed headbutt to Geelong’s Zach Tuohy on Friday night, for which he was given a two-game ban.

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