By Melanie Whelan
AFL Victoria has stripped Frankston of its points scored against North Ballarat up to the point of a player count at Frankston yesterday.
The Dolphins were found to have 19 men on the ground about three minutes into the third quarter when Roosters' acting captain Myles Sewell call for the head-check.
AFL Victoria confirmed this morning the Dolphins' score at that point, 5.8 (38) will be deducted from their final score and percentages will be recalculated.
It gives the Selkirk Roosters a slight percentage boost, sitting just outside the Victorian Football League top eight, with the reviewed scoreline turning a three-point win into a 9.10 (64) to 3.5 (23) victory.
AFL Victoria media manager Anthony Stanguts said the extra Dolphin on ground was confirmed in an umpire incident referral report that was submitted to the league's governing body after the game.
Under the AFL Laws of the game, the correct procedure was followed.
Sewell, as acting captain, made the request and play was stopped. Players were lined up in the centre and counted by umpires.
When it was determined the Dolphins exceeded permitted players on the ground, play was restarted from where it stopped.
Under rule 5.5.3, the field umpire awarded a free kick to Sewell from the centre circle and imposed a 50-metre penalty, and the Dolphins lost their points scored until the count.
The score changed is not immediately wiped from the offending team until referral to the league.
The Roosters strict on-field structures caught the Dolphins out.
Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald told The Courier post-match that his bench detected something was wrong when double-checking match-ups at the start of the second half.
There was an extra, loose Dolphin on the wing.
FitzGerald said the extra man was not an interchange infringement and was more likely to be an organisational issue in the Dolphins' camp from the main break