Umpiring standards 2019

mcglede

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I'm currently at the Gold Coast-Adelaide game and it is clear umpire 32 (Mollison?) has been advised to give Gold Coast as much help as possible.

His only free in the first quarter to Adelaide was for a push...which was there...however the Adelaide player had already taken the mark and the question had to be asked if a fifty was in order.

Here's a problem for the AFL.

With inconsistent officiating, how are you going to teach people going to Suns matches for the first time the rules? The potential is hightened for them to get confused, disillusioned with the game and walk away.

I get that if a team kicks a few early the opposition gets immediately favoured by the officials - has happened for many years (call them 'ratings free kicks') but blatant bias does nothing for the game.
 

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Righteo

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It's just one baffling decision (or non-decision) after another in every single game, much of the time it looks like they're either guessing or simply fabricating frees out of thin air to reach some unknown quota. They are ruining my love for the game (so are Freo but that's another matter) and i don't see it getting better under the current admin. As mentioned above, god help any fans new to the game trying to understand the rules because it appears they make them up as they go.
 

DAlembert

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Umpiring standards are pathetic. No surprises there. Watching Dees and Dogs game no feeling for either team and all I can say is these umpires are a disgrace. The umpires just have no feeling for the game at all. What a shame for AFL. Game is almost unwatchable.
 

Theo X

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Umpires were laughably bad today. Compare the htb decisions in first qtr ds vs dogs to last couple minutes. Inconsistent and incompetent. Not to mention the ruck decisions
 

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Strato

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I just watched the Port Adelaide game and the umpiring is continuing to be extremely poor. The AFL must fix these sub standard performances
 

Adelaide Hawk

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It's just one baffling decision (or non-decision) after another in every single game, much of the time it looks like they're either guessing or simply fabricating frees out of thin air to reach some unknown quota. They are ruining my love for the game (so are Freo but that's another matter) and i don't see it getting better under the current admin. As mentioned above, god help any fans new to the game trying to understand the rules because it appears they make them up as they go.
I guess what annoys most of us is a free kick that is obvious to everyone is not paid, and next minute they pay a free which nobody knows what for. Even the player who gets the free is baffled. This happens too frequently for my liking.
 

ziad

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Its seems more a case of ruels being in or our - who knows what they are looking for. 99% of pushes in the back are let go. Hold the ball in when tackled and its ok, etc, etc.
Then the occasional tackle as a player is about to take posession for a dramatic holding the ball - ??
 

Oscarman

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So many areas of the rules where umps are being selective - players being held at stoppages, incorrect disposal/holding the ball/what is prior opportunity etc.

Even not recalling terrible centre bounces is getting beyond a joke. Seems which team it advantages is the criteria now.
 

Scroater

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Saw a Geelong player get rotated what looked to be 720 degrees and then get a handball away, play on.
See other players just grab ball, get crunched, ball goes to ground, free kick.

Saw Max Gawn put his arm out (he does it a fair bit) and get penalised when Tim English also had his arm out at the same time.
See other ruckman throw opponent out of ruck contest, play on.

The amount of times a backman gets done for "arms around" when the forward has a fist full of jumper under the throat is mind boggling.
 

JohnZ

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At the Dogs/Cats game last week, a non-officiating umpire called a free kick and advantage was paid. I thought that if the free kick paid out of the zone, it had to be taken at the spot and no advantage could be taken (same as no advantage can be taken from a mark). Anyone know anything about this?
 

jackenny

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Saw a Geelong player get rotated what looked to be 720 degrees and then get a handball away, play on.
See other players just grab ball, get crunched, ball goes to ground, free kick.

Saw Max Gawn put his arm out (he does it a fair bit) and get penalised when Tim English also had his arm out at the same time.
See other ruckman throw opponent out of ruck contest, play on.

The amount of times a backman gets done for "arms around" when the forward has a fist full of jumper under the throat is mind boggling.
dickey ruck free kicks have been in existence since forever

that's why you'll hardly ever see a ruckman at a stoppage remonstrate after a free, it's just the norm for them
 

MJG14

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Another disgustingly inept display of 'officiating' tonight. Both teams received an awful free kick at an important stage. The 'block' free kick to Ben Brown was garbage and the McInerney free kick was bad as well.

You would think that Leigh Fisher would have a feel for the game considering he has played it at the highest level, clearly not.
 

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