Jack Newnes Goal | Carlton Football Club’s Newnes swings from The National to the national stage

As we saw on Saturday night when he moved a photographer and a security guard out of his way and lifted some cables to help his initial stance, he is also proficient at removing any obstacles to give himself a clear swing, or in footy’s case, a clear run-up.

Those who know Newnes say if he had more time for golf he would be off scratch such is his talent but they also suspect that the time he has spent on the golf course understanding how to perform under pressure helped him stick to his routine in that moment on Saturday night when hitting a ball flush was all that mattered.

“I just went through my routine, there was a couple of cameras in the way so I tried to get them moved and then I wanted to make contact,” Newnes said post-game.


15 years after Longmuir’s big moment

Of course, that goal is not the way Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir would have wanted to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his after-the-siren goal against St Kilda that he kicked on Friday August 19, 2005.

The goal sparked the famous ‘whispers in the sky’ controversy that led to an investigation into alleged comments umpire Matthew Head made about the Saints on the flight back to Melbourne after their coach Grant Thomas had made derogatory comments about umpires during the week.

Head, who was alleged to have said “now I know what victory feels like”, was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.

Carlton’s win was the first time the Dockers have lost a match to an opponent kicking a goal after the siren, having won four matches themselves in such a memorable manner. Their most recent winning post-siren goal David Mundy’s matchwinner against Richmond in 2017, with the veteran Mundy part of both Longmuir’s win in 2005 and Carlton’s win over the Dockers on Saturday night.

To Longmuir’s everlasting credit he showed great class post-match not laying blame on anyone for the result, an indication that the Dockers have a good coach in their box.

The rule change that has made no difference

Snapshot notes that the situation involving Newnes provided a scenario where one of the nine rule changes introduced to great fanfare alongside six-six-six at the end of 2018 might have been implemented.

But, as has been the case for most of the past two years, it wasn’t.

In that list of nine new rules was one that gave players who are kicking for goal after the siren the chance to “kick across their body using a snap or check-side kick as long as they kicked the ball directly in line with the man on the mark and the goal”.

Of course, for Newnes to elect that method he would have had to use his non-preferred foot which was unlikely but the option was there if he wanted.

Snapshot only has vague recollections of the rule actually being used once, when a Port Adelaide player elected to take advantage of the rule but as Champion Data doesn’t collect statistics on the use of the rule, we can’t be sure.

So should we celebrate that a rule has been introduced without having any impact on the game whatsoever?

We now wait with baited breath to see a player tight on the boundary, with the siren gone, starting his run up at right angles to the mark before snapping over his shoulder.

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Gibbons, not Newnes, should have taken Blues after-the-siren shot

The AFL says Michael Gibbons, not Jack Newnes, should have taken the after-the-siren free kick that meant Carlton earned a miraculous victory over Fremantle on Saturday night.

Last gasp: Jack Newnes takes his kick after the siren to seal the win over Fremantle.

Last gasp: Jack Newnes takes his kick after the siren to seal the win over Fremantle.Credit:Getty Images

However, it has deemed the Matt Taberner insufficient intent to keep the ball in ruling and the prohibited contact free kick and down-field call against Andrew Brayshaw, that also led to the shot, were correct.

Newnes kicked the goal from nearly 50-metres out, on the boundary to hand the Blues victory. He received a down-field free kick due to Brayshaw’s late hit on Sam Docherty.

“After review today, both the deliberate, out-of-bounds free kick paid against Fremantle’s Matt Taberner and the decision to award a down-field free kick to Carlton’s Sam Docherty after he received prohibited contact from Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw were assessed and warranted as correct decisions,” an AFL statement read.

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Umpire errors exposed in Jack Newnes free kick for Carlton

The AFL will admit the wrong player took the final kick of the game in Carlton’s incredible 5.10 (40) to 5.6 (36) win over Fremantle on Saturday night as another officiating error was also revealed.

Jack Newnes nailed his set shot from the boundary line after the siren to steal a heart-stopping victory for the Blues but it should have been teammate Michael Gibbons lining up to win the match.

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Carlton was awarded a free kick downfield when Andrew Brayshaw was ruled to have made late contact on Sam Docherty in the dying seconds. Docherty’s kick went out on the full inside forward 50 and the Blues were gifted one final roll of the dice.

The free kick should have gone to the player who was closest to the Sherrin when it landed out of bounds. That man was Gibbons but instead, Newnes worked his way towards the umpire and snagged himself the kick.

The Herald Sun reports the league will today acknowledge the umpire made the wrong call.

Speaking on the Sunday Footy Show, former Richmond and Western Bulldogs star Nathan Brown said Newnes showed plenty of smarts to con the umpire into giving him the ball, because he doubts Gibbons would have been successful with his attempt.

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“I think he (the umpire) is speaking to Newnes there, and maybe he thinks Jack Newnes is the closest,” Brown said.

“Jack Newnes did a great job to get this free kick.

“I don’t think Gibbons would have made the distance.”

Journalist Damian Barrett added: “Clearly, as Browny pointed out, Michael Gibbons should have been taking the kick and not Jack Newnes.”

Adding to the drama, some footy commentators believe Newnes took his kick from the wrong spot. Channel 7’s Brian Taylor claims he should have been kicking from further out from goal.

“Where did it go out of bounds? This is something that no one has talked about so far,” Taylor said yesterday.

“The boundary umpire … look at that, indicates 49m out (from goal). The field umpire, after all of the confusion, says it’s 40m out because he got lost about where the boundary umpire said the mark was.

“This means that Newnes has to go from kicking a potential 55m kick to a 45m kick. It is the difference between him getting the distance, and not getting the distance and changes the skill of the kick as well.

“I just reckon the umpires got that wrong.”

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Blues hero Newnes used Gray heartbreak as inspiration for clutch goal

New Carlton hero Jack Newnes says he channeled Robbie Gray’s thoughts when he stepped up to win the match for the Blues against Fremantle.

The 27-year old told AFL Nation post-match that he used Gray’s round seven matchwinner against the Blues as inspiration for his own post-siren set shot.

“When Robbie Gray kicked his goal he said he wanted to make really good contact with the ball, so I just had that in the back of my head,” he said.

“I think we had a couple of chances before my shot so I knew I had to nail my one.

“I fortunately made good contact and we won the game which is fantastic for the club.”

Newnes said he didn’t know how he found himself on the end of the free kick and said the umpire came in handy when the photographer on the boundary line obstructed his run up.

“The umpire said it was for me, I didn’t know there was ten seconds left, if I did I probably wouldn’t have taken it,” he said.

“It was a short run up from that angle so I asked (the photographer) to move and he was just staring at me giving me donuts.

“Then the umpire came back up and said he had to get out of the way.”

In his first season at the Blues since crossing from St Kilda, Newnes says his side took a while to get going but felt they deserved the win.

“They were cutting through us and we copped a bit of a bake at quarter time and it rammed us up a little bit,” he said.

“I felt we really got going in that third quarter and started playing the way we wanted to play.

“I felt like we deserved to win and fortunately we did.

“I’m just glad to get away with one and move onto next week.”

Newnes played 155 games in eight seasons with the Saints before being delisted.

The Blues travel to Darwin to face the Gold Coast Suns at TIO Stadium on Friday Night.

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