The old 'free kicks for them in front of goal' evened up with the soft frees in the back pocket for usit's probably even worse than that. Too many games have I watched a one sided count (whole range of teams not talking just Freo) often with large effect on the outcome, only for the whistle to go, often softly, the other way in the last when it's usually too late, i.e. the 'correction'.
So West Coast are the only non VFL team to get a fair go Away from home.
home teams win more games and typically you win the free kick count if you win. The reason why these teams struggle is thatproof that umpires get sucked in by crowds
Melb/Saints/GC/Bris/Rich all haven't been particularly successful over the journey.Melb, Hawks, Saints, GC, Bris and Rich say hi.
I look at a great deal of Free Kick stats and I generally don't see that. I think it's just your subjective opinion not backed by results.home teams win more games and typically you win the free kick count if you win. The reason why these teams struggle is that
Don't forget the Margetts and Dalgleish factor..So West Coast are the only non VFL team to get a fair go Away from home.
The other 7 interstate teams are all in the bottom half of Free Kicks for Away games.
That is strong support for two things that the vast majority of us already believe ... West Coast get looked after like VFL teams do.
If you really want to get a clear picture of umpiring bias, take a special note of what the Frees are early in a match.
West Coast will be well above that 125% after the first quarter.
I've posted previously how I went back over the matches and studied Freo's Free Kicks in the first quarters in 2015 from R7-R20. It was 27 to 61.
That was after some fair to even favourable umpiring in the first 6 rounds of 2015 ... but then with Freo unbeaten and on top of the ladder, there was an obvious change.
I do think that the the individual umpires need to be monitored. Not so much to "catch them out", because I think the nature of umpires is to be fair, but to redress any bias that comes into decision making. Fully professional umpiring needs to be the standard with the capacity for them to work nationally and regularly outside of their home states.Don't forget the Margetts and Dalgleish factor..