‘AFL can’t be happy’: Clarkson’s plea to officials


Four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson feels the identical frustration many followers do on the present congested state of the sport and has referred to as on the AFL to act.

Clarkson declared Hawthorn’s four-point win over North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium on Sunday “a horrible spectacle”, with few positives past the 4 premiership factors.

Like many others lately, actually this season, the competition received slowed down in sluggish, unimaginative ball motion, with overpopulated stoppages making for a tough, albeit shut, contest to watch.

AFL chief government Gillon McLachlan has urged coaches to play a extra engaging, high-scoring model, however Clarkson believes a easy instruction to umpires from head workplace to reward the tackler will do the trick.

“The umps are doing what they’re advised to do, what’s teaching received to do with it?” Clarkson stated.

“We train our gamers to deal with and if a participant does not eliminate the ball appropriately then the rule e-book says to blow the whistle and play a free kick.

“At the minute the seagulls (gamers) are all going after the chip but when there’s incorrect disposal (free kicks) you watch the seagulls unfold.

“But the seagulls aren’t spreading out any extra as a result of we’re simply not paying the free kick, but we’ll do one for tiggy-touchwood ruck or marking infringement.

“But they will not pay those for holding the ball.

“It’s irritating.”

Clarkson was at a loss to clarify how his staff laid 69 tackles in opposition to the Roos and did not obtain a single tackle-specific free kick.

“What’s occurred to our sport? You can’t have that many tackles and never one in all them be incorrect disposal,” the coach continued.

“You surprise why the sport is an arm wrestle and that you simply can’t get any open footy.

“Tonight’s sport … if that is the spectacle that we’re making an attempt to seek for in our sport, then our sport’s in a dreadful house.”

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Geelong coach Chris Scott, after his aspect’s three-point win over Melbourne, stated that decreasing groups from 18 to 16 gamers on the sphere would clearly scale back congestion.

Clarkson used the Cats-Demons sport to illustrate his level.

“The AFL can’t be blissful,” he stated.

“Two targets every (at halftime) on a good looking winter’s day? No rain and it is Geelong and Melbourne who I each suppose will play finals this 12 months.

“Fair dinkum …”

Clarkson urged the AFL to transfer away from its want to defend the participant making a bid for the ball somewhat than reward the tackler.

“I’m sorry for shitcanning our personal model, and our personal membership and our personal staff on this house,” he stated.

“But I used to be so upset in the way in which we performed and I used to be so upset with the way in which that the sport is being performed proper at the moment.

“It’s irritating, and it should be irritating our followers.”

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