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Plugger35

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Thread should be renamed “Dogs own Plugger35’s soul in yet another final”. Welcome to your happy place big fella 😂
You didn't own me or St Kilda in our elimination final last year, we still managed to win despite the umpires trying their best to get you over the line.
 

greatwhiteshark

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I can't believe you're even talking about this till. It was mandated by the AFL about 3 years ago...




Whether you like it or not, if you shrug or lower your knees to draw the high contact, it's not a free kick.
I don't like it, it rewards the weak as piss tacklers.
 

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Kipz

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2. You can’t sit there and tell us the holding the man one and too high one were “shockers” we see them every week. If it happened in another game, you wouldn’t be saying a word.

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This is a great still shot of the Selwood technique. Use your arm to make sure the tackling players arm ends up around your neck area, drop your body down and its happy days when the whistle blows
 

flyinghi64

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As already posted, with the rule link, if you drop at the knees and/or shrug to cause a tacklers arm to go high it is play on.
whether you like it or not, agree or not, it is the RULE.
what is infuriating about it and causes threads like this to go this way is the typical umpiring inconsistency.
If Toby Greene does it it's play one, Weightman free kick.
Not just this rule either, pretty much any rule which relies on interpretation can be interpreted differently even in the same game.
Geez even something as obvious as out of bounds can be let go because the ump hesitates then it's too late so they just let it go.
 

greatwhiteshark

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As already posted, with the rule link, if you drop at the knees and/or shrug to cause a tacklers arm to go high it is play on.
whether you like it or not, agree or not, it is the RULE.
what is infuriating about it and causes threads like this to go this way is the typical umpiring inconsistency.
If Toby Greene does it it's play one, Weightman free kick.
Not just this rule either, pretty much any rule which relies on interpretation can be interpreted differently even in the same game.
Geez even something as obvious as out of bounds can be let go because the ump hesitates then it's too late so they just let it go.
No problem, the rule is the rule. Then never ever say the head is sacrosanct if the AFL will not protect it.
 

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Mofra

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I liked the bit where the umpire missed the jumper hold a few seconds before that last Cody Weightman goal.
If the umpires were doing their job he would have had an easier shot on goal than the boundary kick he had.

The Draper free should have been a play on, he probably got more hair than he did skull.
 

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Fox sports stating at least 3 of the 4 frees were fair calls by the umpires.
As to the rest of this article when all is said and done it really is just a game.
The main point of the article is horrible but I’m not sure a random journalist saying 3 of the 4 free kicks appeared to be there is meaningful at all.

I’ve already said I don’t think they affected the result but I don’t really know how anyone who watches football would want those frees paid or how anyone could think those decisions were in line with how other contests were officiated throughout the game.
 

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Ryan Gardner fined for his block on Francis 😂.
 

Coolangatta

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I always hate seeing goals from free-kicks, even if the team I'm barracking for gets them, and they're there. Award 3pts only for free-kick goals; if players are staging for them, it reduces their incentive to do it.
 

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I always hate seeing goals from free-kicks, even if the team I'm barracking for gets them, and they're there. Award 3pts only for free-kick goals; if players are staging for them, it reduces their incentive to do it.
3 points for a goal from a free?

So a team 5 points down with 30 sets to go kicks long into forward 50 - I know what I would do as a defender - I grab my opponents jumper and pull it off his back and concede a free. Game won.

Silly idea, think it through first.
 

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Fox sports stating at least 3 of the 4 frees were fair calls by the umpires.
As to the rest of this article when all is said and done it really is just a game.
3 points for a goal from a free?

So a team 5 points down with 30 sets to go kicks long into forward 50 - I know what I would do as a defender - I grab my opponents jumper and pull it off his back and concede a free. Game won.

Silly idea, think it through first.
What if you're 8 points down?
 

cherrypie

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He should of stood up dead straight for the poor bloke tackling. These poor tacklers now having to actually tackle correctly is just not fair. They should be rewarded for ripping the head off their opponent.
FFS Weightman has the ball, tackle lower. I am fed up with head high tackles being layed the blame of the bloke with the ball. The bloke with the ball other than ducking his head can wriggle, drop and do as he pleases. The tackler cannot get him high. Why is this so complicated now.
C'mon mate, no need to blame the tackler for tackling high, Weightman needed to grow so his neck wasn't taken off
 

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Umpires for this game need to be sacked and never seen again. Football is a contact sport. Anyone who doesn’t understand it needs to move along. Terrible decisions and no real justification for it. Ruined a good game.


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What if you're 8 points down?
Nothing would change, the defending team will defend without a need / or incentive to deliberately concede a free.

Highly unlikely the defending team would lose from that position (8 points up, 30 seconds to go). Huge incentive though if only 4 or 5 points up. That would be farcical but I would be screaming for the Dogs to concede a free. Silly rules create silly outcomes.
 

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