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Devils whinge about umpires!
[b]"I will be ringing Kevin Mitchell from the umpires' association in Melbourne and if I have my way one of those umpires will never umpire a Tasmanian game again." - Tasmanian coach Matthew Armstrong,[/b] Whinge whinge whinge. Is he saying the umpire was biased against Tasmania? Tasmania get home finals they don't earn, a great fixture of home games, the VFL has amended the finals policy which indirectly has a big impact for Tasmania and now they aren't happy with an umpire. The VFL competition would be better off without them, but I'll save that argument for another day. Yesterday's game was played in driving rain and gale force winds. One goal was kicked between both sides after quarter time. I'd say it was a very tough day to umpire, and play in.
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If that comment was made by an AFL coach, the fine would be astronimcal (spelling?). Will the VFL respond to this? The umpiring stocks must be pretty low at the moment. In the reserves match between North Ballarat and Port Melbourne, one of the boundary umpires would not have been older than 15 yrs of age. He had to go inside the ground about 5 metres to throw it back into play.


From the same publication today (Wed 16th June) TASMANIAN Devils coach Mathew Armstrong has found himself in hot water with the VFL following his comments about an umpire after the Devils' loss to Werribee in Devonport on Sunday. Armstrong heavily criticised one of the controlling umpires, without naming the man in white, but it is believed Latrobe's Andrew Garwood was the target of his displeasure. "They (Werribee) had 23 men on the ground," Armstrong said, referring to an umpire after the match. "And if I had my way one of those umpires would never be in charge of a Tasmanian game again." VFL general manager Martin Stillman said yesterday the league was very disappointed by Armstrong's comments and he would have till 5p.m. today to explain why he made such remarks. "The VFL have sent correspondence as to why Mathew Armstrong has brought the game of Australian football into disrepute," he said. "A wide range of penalties can be imparted such as suspension or fines." VFL director of umpires Kevin Mitchell said Armstrong probably wished he could take the comments back and added he saw nothing to suggest the performance of both umpires in the game at Devonport warranted such criticism.