Dylan Grimes and diving - Why the AFL needs to act

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gillon

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Sep 12, 2013
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This is Grimes' third blatant dive in the past 12 months.

At what point does the AFL do something about this? All three were beneficial to his team. Why would any player not go for a dive when it can directly lead to a goal? It is only going to get worse, especially when diving is only cited if there the media makes a big deal of it.

Qual final against Brisbane:

Last month:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but he wasn't even cited for this?

Tonight:

Disclaimer: Incoming hate coming for being an Essendon supporter. If it makes you feel better, I know we were almost certainly going to lose tonight for reasons other than the dive.
 

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Lavender Bushranger

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 25, 2005
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The issue goes beyond Grimes.


Early in the 3rd quarter, Riewoldt leans into an Essendon player - but he doesn't dive. He continues to compete. It was a push.

Riewoldt marks. No free.


If the Essendon player staged, or milked it, he'd have received the free.

So where's the incentive NOT to stage? The umpires look for it, and reward it. You're almost negligent as a player if you DON'T stage.
 

gillon

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Sep 12, 2013
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The issue goes beyond Grimes.


Early in the 3rd quarter, Riewoldt leans into an Essendon player - but he doesn't dive. He continues to compete. It was a push.

Riewoldt marks. No free.


If the Essendon player staged, or milked it, he'd have received the free.

So where's the incentive NOT to stage? The umpires look for it, and reward it. You're almost negligent as a player if you DON'T stage.
I agree. He was just the easiest example.
 

PetterdHoisted

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Apr 27, 2014
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This is Grimes' third blatant dive in the past 12 months.

At what point does the AFL do something about this? All three were beneficial to his team. Why would any player not go for a dive when it can directly lead to a goal? It is only going to get worse, especially when diving is only cited if there the media makes a big deal of it.

Qual final against Brisbane:

Last month:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but he wasn't even cited for this?

Tonight:

Disclaimer: Incoming hate coming for being an Essendon supporter. If it makes you feel better, I know we were almost certainly going to lose tonight for reasons other than the dive.
Don't be that guy.

Stringer clearly gave him a push, not much in it, but don't give the ump a chance to ping you.

Focus on a great festival of footy up in the NT, not this miserableness.
 

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Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 25, 2005
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errrrrr don't put your hand in Grimes back when the contest is a nowhere near?
Even though you're allowed to put your hands on a player's back?

You're saying the answer to this cancer on the game is not to address the problem itself - but instead for players and umpires to accept that Grimes is a grimey cheat and just not make contact with him??

That's extraordinary.
 

PetterdHoisted

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Apr 27, 2014
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Even though you're allowed to put your hands on a player's back?

You're saying the answer to this cancer on the game is not to address the problem itself - but instead for players and umpires to accept that Grimes is a grimey cheat and just not make contact with him??

That's extraordinary.
ease up you know what I'm saying
 

Lavender Bushranger

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 25, 2005
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Grogansville
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Gold Coast
The issue goes beyond Grimes.


Early in the 3rd quarter, Riewoldt leans into an Essendon player - but he doesn't dive. He continues to compete. It was a push.

Riewoldt marks. No free.


If the Essendon player staged, or milked it, he'd have received the free.

So where's the incentive NOT to stage? The umpires look for it, and reward it. You're almost negligent as a player if you DON'T stage.
I rest my case.
 

The 747

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They should just enforce the rule they have. Fine first time, suspend second time, longer suspension third time. There are obvious cases every week that don't get cited (including from Geelong players).

If they don't get cited and the umpires pay them (and how can the umpires really tell), players will keep doing it to get a free.
 

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