According to the scoreboard Narrandera Eagles went down to Turvey Park Bulldogs by 18 points in a fiery and controversial match at the Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday.
However, AFL Riverina is undertaking an investigation in regards to a player send off and the process that followed. “They had a player red-carded who didn’t go off,” said Eagles coach and captain Jarrod Lane. “There was a bit of confusion. Obviously I’m not completely sure what was going on at their end, I was busy playing.”
Narrandera successfully called a headcount on the Bulldogs during the final term when they had 18 players on the field. It is understood umpires claimed to have red-carded a Turvey Park player in the aftermath of an all-in brawl in the third quarter, unaware to any Bulldogs’ players or officials at the time. Umpires ruled Narrandera’s headcount successful.
“From what I understand, their score was supposed to be wiped and it wasn’t, but we’ll leave that up to the official side of things. We’ll find out later in the week what happens.”
The scoreboard retained Turvey Park’s score and the official result submitted had the Bulldogs recording a three-goal win. AFL Riverina football operations manager Shane Buchanan said the matter was being investigated. Umpires, both clubs and timekeepers had been asked for statements to provide information on what transpired in relation to the send-off of players.
The Bulldogs led by 44 points at half-time but Narrandera had a resurgence and kicked seven goals in the third term to cut the margin to 21 points. Playing their best football of the year, the Eagles showed great form but the final scoreboard showed Turvey Park in front 13.14 (92) to 12.2 (74).
“We started quite slowly, but in the second half we took our opportunities and were able to score quite freely. We played some really good footy and it showed on the scoreboard,” Lane said.
Best were Phil Aumann (eight goals), Drew Kenna and Reece Hutton.