- Apr 28, 2004
Whichever way you measure it that's a huge increase in tackles, which personally I don't mind as I love tackles.
If it's too hot, get out of the kitchen.
I don't mind tackling, I just get shitty with the number of players held before they have the ball.
Throws need to be reined in too, a more strict adjudication of the handball rules, and some consistency (yeah, dream on) is sorely needed.
And, FFS, call a ball up as the pack forms, the game flowed so so much better when they did that years ago.
yeah, except these days a ball-up can result in another ball-up, as players will get over to the contest. Holding is a tough one... nothing worse than a random hold being paid to a forward 50 metres off the ball.
I remember umps in the old days picking out a random free kick to a defender if there were too many ball ups in a muddy forward pocket.
But dropping off in the last few years in what has to be the SHocking effect...He has added a bit of mayo there but the number of tackles is much higher:
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But you have to ask why tackles are higher. I'm not sure exactly how they count these but in the old days the umpires would call a stoppage once a pack started to form, now they leave it for half an hour. Plus, do they count the second player coming in to tackle as another tackle?
I reckon a fair amount of the issue here, as with a number of the other issues, is how they adjudicate the game now - letting a lot of infringements go to keep the free kick numbers down, not penalising holding the man most of the time etc.
This is a problem the AFL have brought upon themselves.
Aah, but the answer to the random hold free being paid, is to stop paying the random frees and pay every free that is observed by the umpires.
No, I'm talking the good old days when the umps made up a free kick to break up congestion. And that was fine.
They should pay the first free seen, forget about every free. This is what they do in the round ball game - first free kick is paid, if someone breaks someone's leg after that then they get a red card but the previous free stands.
Eliminate the need for ruckmen to put their hands up like they're in primary school, allow two players to compete in the ruck (if a third jumps in, blow for a free kick) and the umpires could throw the ball up quicker and not allow congestion to build around the contest.
Simple, enforce the rules. That would be an illegal shepherd.
But you have to ask why tackles are higher.
Have 4 players from each team nominate before the game that they will contest in the ruck. No-one else permitted. Those 4 players are then indemnified from getting reported in any ruck contest, except against the opposing teams ruck. They are then clear to clock any shortarse who gets in their way at a ball up or boundary throw in.How do you then stop other mids from bodying the ruckman and stopping them getting at the ball?