- Aug 21, 2022
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
- Other Teams
That infuriates me. I wrote a similar email last year about a group of obnoxious Melbourne walk ups who sat in the North section did nothing but cause flare ups. "Security" (aka some uni student in a hi vis vest watching bikini tiktok on his phone) were useless.My angry email to the club:
Please can someone tell me ?
I have a 30yr continous m'ship with the club and a Schimma Legends reserved seat, lvl.2 at Marvel, sec32. I have been sitting in this seat for home games for the last 22 years.
Can someone tell me " WHY " these seats were marked as " GENERAL ADMISSION " on Saturday afternoon and we were invaded by obnoxious Sydney supporters who we had to report to security at least 3 times during the game ?
I don't want the standard " it's a Marvel stadium " seating issue " please. I pay $700 a year for 7 home games. As you can see $100 a game. Now l can come to every home game and just pay $27 at the gate and sit on levels 1 or 3. But l choose not to.
It is not good enough. Do you believe if l go to a Richmond or Collingwood home game at the MCG l can saunter in and sit amongst their members ? I highly doubt it. North members do not " forward " or " on sell " their reserved seats to opposition supporters.
I truly am considering if l really want to renew this m'ship going forward. And believe me, l am not the only one.
An answer please. Thank you.
If you're s**t you get nothing...Yep. But - and this is a theory I've had for a long time and not a fact - the better teams for some reason always get the better end of the stick with umpiring.
Something else I've observed from my own umpiring - booing and whinging makes things worse. They don't want to be seen to react to an angry crowd, so they instinctively hold the line. None of this is pre-planned - it just goes that way.
I just don't cop 'out of our hands'. Thats bull5hit.That infuriates me. I wrote a similar email last year about a group of obnoxious Melbourne walk ups who sat in the North section did nothing but cause flare ups. "Security" (aka some uni student in a hi vis vest watching bikini tiktok on his phone) were useless.
Come Monday, of all people the President replied, followed up with a call from the membership manager. They empathised, but did say it was a Marvel issue out of their hands. They sounded deflated by the whole deal our club gets as a tenant. Which is ****ed. Shake the tree Hoj.
I agree, but she’s clearly in the bottom 10.
The other bloke yesterday was far worse than her
Congrats on game number 500. Fair effort.One of our penalties for not being a very good team, is that we get the not very good umpires.
Last year 27 umpires were getting a game every week with the bottom few basically being not up to it. This year those bottom few have 9 who were worse than them added on top. There are literally 15-18 umpires each week who are below standard and/or inexperienced.
Now, the AFL don't want that s**t stinking up their precious Friday nights, marquee games and prime-time slots so they get hidden on Saturday afternoons and Sunday twilights. So in the end, all of the worst umpires end up doing North Melbourne games every week. No wonder we're angry.
As I posted elsewhere before the game, last year as is the case every year, the AFL quietly announce who they think the best umpires are for the year by appointing them to the first week of finals. Last year that was 12 umpires (This year will be 16). With 4 umpires a game across 10 games, we've had 40 chances to get one of those. Of those 40, we've got 7. Collingwood have 23. Yesterday we had none. Today Collingwood/Carlton has all 4. I posted all this before the game yesterday so I knew the umpiring would be bad. We are literally getting the worst.
I don't believe in umpiring conspiracy theories. But I do know these facts. The individual umpires aren't out to get us - they actually aren't good enough to orchestrate that. They are just shithouse.
As for booing and throwing stuff on the field - I wasn't there yesterday as I was goal umpiring my own game at local level (my 500th game actually!) and haven't yet watched it so I don't really know much about it. I may have booed although I feel stupid every time I do that, and I certainly wouldn't have thrown.
But the AFL umpires, like North Melbourne, have too many potatoes on their list who have been there too long. Four umpires should never have been brought in until they rebuilt the list. They should also spread the quality around so that us, and the other bottom clubs get a decent go and so that the inexperienced guys can get some in-game mentoring and get better.
What? Don't think they would even know the complaint happened. What I am saying is for whoever responded to say they can't do anything about is wrong. They can lobby Marvel, the AFL (who make the deals) and at least complain and the the members concerns forward. It is a dumb response. Would anything actually change? Probably not. But to just wash your hands is wrong.Do you honestly think Sonja & Jen are the type of person who shirks responsibility?
Didn't the post say the President replied? Was this before Sonja's time?What? Don't think they would even know the complaint happened. What I am saying is for whoever responded to say they can't do anything about is wrong. They can lobby Marvel, the AFL (who make the deals) and at least complain and the the members concerns forward. It is a dumb response. Would anything actually change? Probably not. But to just wash your hands is wrong.
I bet you 2 of those 4 umpires that umpired us yesterday will be umpiring us again next week.If it results in Eleni & Fisher never umpiring one of our games again, worth it.
But who am I kidding. They'll probably be our umps every week now.
What, no funny gif. Not very robust of you. I want robust conversations, you told me that’s what you do. To me this is just a personal attack.And here comes the cavalry for the umpires.
Amen - number 34? The ****** worst I have ever seen just about. Way too scared. She cost us 4-5 goals with the most blatant free kicks not paid. Understanding I'm biassed when watching North, I'll appeal stuff that's not there but these ones were beyond the pale.That Eleni umpire was putrid. Swallows her whistle at the contest too scared to call holding the ball. *!
Hear hear ChadThat game was atrociously officiated, and the members wing let the umpires know it all game.
It culminated in extreme displeasure being demonstrated at the final siren by members throwing rubbish on to the playing surface.
Remarkably, I think that is a positive thing. Hear me out;
For too long the standard of umpring has been in the toilet, and the entire sport is suffering because of it.
And as fans, we have no recourse other than yelling, boos, and voting with our wallet (that hurts our club before it hurts the league itself).
But today at the end of the game, in scenes I've not seen in modern footy, the members wing started throwing all their rubbish on to the playing surface. And it felt righteous and justified.
I'm proud of my fellow members tonight. No more meekly accepting the fisting we regularly get from the umpires. Tonight set a new standard of fan remonstration.
Yes, agree. But as an old f@*t who has seen all umpiring systems I feel the game was best umpired by 2. I know there were reasons for moving to 3, like the speed of the game, etc. I remain unconvinced that 3 did the job any better or meant the game was a better spectacle... and as for 4...too many getting games who are not up to it. Talent spread too thinly.I feel the pain, cant say I condone throwing stuff on the ground.
What is crystal clear is 4 Umpires has been nothing short of a disaster and the sooner we go back to three umpires the better.