Finals Umpiring: Time for a Royal Commission?

Chris Fagan

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Right now we are watching the most over-officiated game of all time (and the other 5 finals haven't been much better). While there doesn't appear to be any bias, the umpires have shown time and time again that they are incapable of adjudicating the game with any form of consistency.

Part of the blame has to fall with Gil. How can umpires be expected to perform when there are multiple rule changes each season? How can they be expected to perform when almost every rule is subject to a substantial grey area? How can they be expected to perform when their job is a part-time hobby and not a proper job?

Things need to change before we see a Grand Final ruined by this.
 

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juss

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Scratching my head when they were telling the bloke he wasn't allowed to touch Charlie Cameron's arm or would be penalised.

Cool, so next week Dusty's biceps are sore, we just need to tell the ump and no one can bump him?

Not knocking Cameron, but that umpire has lost it.
 

Bootstrap

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May 28, 2017
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Finals commentating or just commentating on CH7 in general needs the royal commission. Luke Darcy’s voice has broken more times tonight than a 12 year old boy’s. It’s ridiculous!! Luke Darcy shouldn’t be anywhere near a microphone. absolute noice pollution!
 

ilikepotatoes

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Even when they’re “over officiating” they still miss a bunch of free kicks. Umpiring needs to get allot stricter as whole. The sooner they crack down the sooner players will adapt and stop trying break the rules.
100%. This is the problem. By giving leeway you create this mess.
 

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adey115

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Nov 16, 2001
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Fitzroy side of the family.
true but for the umpire to call that throw would of been a lucky guess.
Razor guessed with the ANdrews throw. He was absolutely in the blind spot and guessed. That is the problem. Guessing.
 

Luv_our_club

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Feb 14, 2017
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At one stage Razor Ray blew his whistle to call play on tonight.

Channel 7 coverage is so crap, including the umpire mics. Whistle. "Hold there". Whistle. "Play on". "Play on". "Not fifteen". "Thanks mate". Whistle. Whistle. "Rucks nominate".

Turn up the mics in the crowd and turn off the umpires (save it for the replays).
 

Hojuman

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May 20, 2012
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Yep clear throw. 2 weeks in a row.

Ah well. What are you gunna do. Lost a game with what was clearly a free kick.

Happens some times. Meh.
 

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