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footyman
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Umpires for the GF?
Well I have to say I wasnt impressed with umpire #4 yesterday, stands out cos he has long gangly arms and legs but I thought he made some poor decisions. Those two marks paid on the grandstand wing with kicks that went about 8m were terrible. Troy McCarthy did umpire yesterday and given he was umpire of the year I'm sure he gets a gig on Friday night. To some of the guys who saw both weekend games, who would your three be?
StationHotel
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speaking about umpires ........the goal umpire should be sacked on the spot from the Port vs Willy clash Mullins for Port had a shot on goal in the 3rd quarter down the williamstown road end of the ground and it was a clear goal but it was given a point. Even Darren boyd in the box said it looked like a clear goal which it was. I'm glad this didn't happen in the last quarter with only a few mins on the clock did anyone else notice this if not go back to the tape and you will see it was a clear goal
footyman
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Well, I was sitting not far from a clan of eight umpire assessors on Friday night. Why AFL Victoria couldnt put them in a box I dont know but there they were out on the wing, clipboards in hand, cursing every wrong decision. Looking around and glaring at any fans nearby who abused the umpires...so entertaining. Gee they were an interesting bunch, there was one young and fit guy, a Mick McGuane lookalike and about 6 old greyhairs including a dressed up Kevin Mitchell. With an army of people evaluating their performance, why do they still get it wrong so much of the time?
MinkaBeaver
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[quote="footyman"]Well, I was sitting not far from a clan of eight umpire assessors on Friday night. Why AFL Victoria couldnt put them in a box I dont know but there they were out on the wing, clipboards in hand, cursing every wrong decision. Looking around and glaring at any fans nearby who abused the umpires...so entertaining. Gee they were an interesting bunch, there was one young and fit guy, a Mick McGuane lookalike and about 6 old greyhairs including a dressed up Kevin Mitchell. With an army of people evaluating their performance, why do they still get it wrong so much of the time?[/quote] Umpires' assessors can be very amusing. When a fight broke out at quarter-time in the 2007 VFL Reserves Grand Final, I took a cry of "Don't stop!" to mean keep commentating during the scuffle; only seconds later did I realise that they were screaming at the umpires to keep up with the fight and sort things out. Earlier this year I had to do a course for my empoyment and by coincidence one of the guys on it was a field umpire in the VFL Reserves. We chatted about the umpiring, and he was at pains to point out how young some of the guys were and how much development was involved. I guess that with there being a shortage of unpires generally, it means that the best juniors come from a relatively small pool and so they are still very much learning the craft even at VFL level. That's a scary thought. I think three field umpires has been a bit of a failure for footy. It was introduced in the AFL and state comps to deal with incidents behind the play, but that's a job that can be done effectively by the emergency umpire. Three views are always unlikely to reach consensus on rules in what is a sport that relies so much on subjectivity and personal interpretation. Worse still, there are the McLaren types who feel the need to be at the forefront of everything and call things from miles away, even when they are not the active umpire. Four boundary umpires will prove effective because it's an issue of covering territory for them, but I don't think that umpiring standards would decline were top competitions to revert to two field umpires; in fact, it would probably bring better consistency and fewer misunderstandings.
footyman
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[quote="MinkaBeaver"] We chatted about the umpiring, and he was at pains to point out how young some of the guys were and how much development was involved. I guess that with there being a shortage of unpires generally, it means that the best juniors come from a relatively small pool and so they are still very much learning the craft even at VFL level. That's a scary thought. [/quote]I agree with all of that. And when you go to a local league game and see a 16 year old kid umpiring then I guess you realise just what sort of state the game is in. And that we need to appreciate umpires :? (did I just say that?)