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Dockers appeal drawn game against Saints

30/04/2006 05:43:45 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle has launched an official protest over Sunday's controversial AFL draw against St Kilda at Aurora Stadium in Launceston.

Dockers officials lodged paperwork with the umpires a few minutes after the match, where the Saints scored 13.16 (94) and Fremantle ended on 14.10 (94).

The ground siren's volume was not loud enough all day and field umpire Matthew Nicholls failed to hear it at the end of the game.

Fremantle led by a point when the siren went, but Nicholls let play continue, bouncing the ball as Dockers players complained.

Approximately nine seconds later, St Kilda's Steven Baker kicked a behind to level the scores before the umpires ended the game.

Baker was then given another chance after being awarded a free kick after disposal, but that shot also went through for a point.

Dockers coach Chris Connolly and several other bemused Fremantle officials were on the ground as the drama played out.

The AFL football operations staff are currently discussing the matter with the umpires and timekeepers.

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