‘Very, very harmful’: Coaches name out problem AFL ‘has to get on prime of’

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Carlton coach Michael Voss has reached the tip of his tether and shall be getting in contact with the umpiring division this week after his group obtained an unusually low quantity of free kicks on Saturday towards Gold Coast.

Within the shadows of three-quarter time, Carlton had solely earned three free kicks for the sport, in comparison with Gold Coast’s 13, earlier than ending with a flurry to finish up with 11 to the Suns’ 16.

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“We’ll comply with some up and I don’t say that usually,” Voss mentioned after his group’s 29-point win.

“We’ve obtained some issues to comply with up as a result of both clearly we’re not getting it proper or we’re simply educating it incorrect.

“So we’ve obtained a few issues to comply with up simply to verify we now have readability as properly that we’re seeing it the identical approach.

“I don’t sit up right here and ever try this as a result of I really feel like most of it’s all in our management, and I nonetheless firmly consider that, but in addition it’s our accountability to get readability once we’re not sure. And we’re not sure so we’ll get the readability.

“We’ll do the proper channels as properly as a result of this isn’t about simply specializing in that (dangerous calls and non-calls that stood out), it’s about taking our time, take a look via the imaginative and prescient, let’s be actually clear and we’ve at all times had actually good discussions so I can’t see that altering.

“We’ll simply in all probability search a bit bit extra suggestions this week than what we usually have.”

Gold Coast coach Damien Hardwick additionally voiced his issues about umpiring, particularly close to the implementing of the holding-the-ball rule and the potential detrimental influence that would have on concussion.

“There’s 131 efficient tackles in the present day and there have been 4 holding-the-balls for each side,” Hardwick mentioned.

“That one the place Mac Andrew’s had Charlie Curnow firstly, that could be a very, very harmful scenario for each gamers,” he mentioned in reference to an Andrew sort out within the first quarter which noticed him holding onto Curnow for an inordinate period of time with out a whistle being blown.

“We’ve simply obtained to get on prime of this as a result of the gamers actually owe one another an obligation of care, however as umpires we’ve obtained to blow the whistle earlier as a result of the fact is that they’re placing gamers in a extremely compromising place that they might get damage and we don’t need that.

“We’ve obtained to have a look at it, we’ve obtained to teach it. I do know it’s extremely laborious however from a participant’s well being and wellbeing viewpoint, we’ve simply obtained to verify, for the good thing about the sport, that we glance after the gamers.

“What it does result in is lots of stoppages and all that kind of stuff.”

Voss agreed with Hardwick that 360-degree tackles have been a harmful a part of the sport that ought to be stamped out as a lot as potential, with the assistance of the umpires blowing their whistles extra frequently, however steered the onus additionally needed to be positioned on the participant in that scenario.

“There’s a component the place the participant and the umpire could make that surroundings a bit safer with every thing that’s happening within the AFL,” Voss mentioned.

“That’s been raised earlier than. I do know it’s completely a speaking level so I’m not a lot too apprehensive about.

“There’s a real intent to supply the surroundings as a extremely secure surroundings. I believe we’ve performed that amazingly properly in more moderen instances.”

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