AFL umpires coach Hayden Kennedy has publicly said he's in favour of doing away with the iconic centre bounce after yet another horrific injury.
Speaking to 3AW radio, Kennedy spoke about the physical strain it puts umpires through and how it may dissuade umpires with good decision making skills from entering the profession.
"To get that skill right, it's a really demanding and dynamic movement," Kennedy said.
"We have got an older list, so to do it for 15 or 20 years, and at the community level beforehand, it takes a fair toll on the body."
Kennedy's comments come just days after an umpire in the AFLW, Andrew Crosby, was sidelined after bouncing the ball directly back into his own mouth. After finding the ball lodged sideways in his throat Crosby was rushed to hospital where a tracheotomy was performed, to allow the flow of oxygen, before his entire head was removed for maintenance.
This comes in the wake of the famous incident in last year's AFL Grand Final when central umpire Matt Stevic's arm exploded.
Speaking at the time on the Grand Final incident, Kennedy said that the practice of bouncing the ball would be reviewed.
"Obviously we don't want situations where umpires are exploding. In other sporting codes you rarely see umpires dislocate their front, lose their hair or just plain melt, but in our game it seems like a weekly occurrence, which just isn't acceptable."
The latest injury has just served to strengthen his resolve.
"It's been up to the laws committee a few years ago, but we've had a few more injuries of late – especially towards the end of last year," Kennedy said.
"(The centre bounce is) a really unique and traditional aspect of the game. We just have to make a decision as to what is more important."
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has famously declared his support for the bounce in previous years but understands the need for further review.
"I'm not making guarantees about anything, but I like the centre bounce," McLachlan said, the subtext being that he would like to see the tradition continue, despite the constant pile of bodies it creates.
As a trial, umpires will be throwing the ball up throughout the remaining AFLW fixtures and the umpires association will monitor how that affects the injury toll.
"Hah, if I could have thrown the ball up, I wouldn't have had to get it forcefully and surgically removed from my throat!" said Crosby from the jar that keeps his artificially preserved and maintained head which has been permanently removed from his body but, pleasingly, not from his sense of humour.