It was ridiculous. Literally every player would stop because there was an obvious free but the umpire would call play on. Never seen anything like it.Would be nice if Holding The Ball existed. Umpires completely imploded in that fourth quarter with a completely inept display.
Probably not. And Neither did Guelfi either but lets also be fair.how come the bombers get handed 2 free kicks in front of goal that even the commentators were laughing at but it's no problem?
dont get me wrong we got some ******* horrible decisions in our favour but its not like they were 20 meters directly in front of goal, twice?
Did bagulaely deserve that free kick & free goal he got yes or no?
Actually there are plenty of neutrals who admit it was just s**t umpiring both ways.Probably not. And Neither did Guelfi either but lets also be fair.
Cox got a dodgy free that he should have converted. He then did the exact same thing and did not get called on it one minute later which resulted ina great goal from Sidebottom.
Yes you got some bad calls go against you.
The sheer fact that neutrals are siding with Essendon* (added the * to show what most people call us) highlights to me that you got the better side of the deal.
Didn’t wankley and co do this last year?I've thought for a while that the umps have been given a rule book that is impossible to implement.
Nick Riewoldt made a comment on the radio to the effect that perhaps we need a 'think-tank' which re-writes all the rules taking out all of the grey areas. Make it easier for the umps.
I'm beginning to agree with him.
It would change the game (for a while) but so what? We're changing the game all the time anyway by bringing in more rules (and interpretations). The HTB is a joke (eg Betts this weekend). So many of the rules could be improved just by making them easier to adjudicate.