- Oct 12, 2007
- AFL Club
- Port Adelaide
Given the amount of times the Dogs players used their prior opportunity to duck into a tackle rather than trying to dispose of the ball that is hardly surprising.Because you asked in good faith I will reply in kind. (Although I recognise I might cop some more flack from others by doing so.)
Trying to highlight individual decisions would end up being too long winded and be subjective anyway, so I will use some more general stats to briefly explain my view of last night's umpiring.
The 17 to 14 free kick count may not seem lopsided if you expected such a count should be approximately even. However, the Bulldogs are probably the smallest, least physical team in the league and as a result tend to play annoyingly within the rules. It's not that we are great and fair blokes (although we generally are ), but because it's highly unlikely we will benefit from engaging in the extra physical stuff.
Last night Port were understandably the more physically aggressive team and were seemingly happy to run an increased risk of infringing to make sure the Dogs players 'earned' every possession. Which is all fine, but if you play that way you would also reasonably expect to end up behind in the free kick count, not in front.
I think the new roulette wheel style holding the ball interpretations in particular hurt the Dogs a lot more that Port than last night. Port apparently received 7 HTB Frees from 74 tackles, and the Bulldogs received just 1 from 64 tackles. That's a large differential in frees for a small difference in tackles.
In a reasonably close and competitive game, a few key decisions either way can easily impact the result.
Anyway, congrats on the victory and good luck for the rest of the season.
You didn't happen to catch the high tackle stats did you?
Also saying that highlighting individual cases is too subjective then proceeding to share your entirely subjective opinion without any empirical evidence is just too much.
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