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18 comments It's a fair idea, Rohan. I suspect the players are exploiting thisslowness of the umpires to ballup at congestions, so they can justcatch a quick breather. Which of course, then gives them thatlittle bit extra to run a bit further and create bit morecongestion. We have to do something though, as footy as a spectacle, isn't.

What makes our game great is not packs around the ball and crowdedforward lines. Can any footy lover honestly sit there and say they love to seethat congested play? I'm all for taking desperate measures and limiting the numbers ofplayers allowed inside the 50m arcs. Dare I say, something likenetball does. Will we remember this era of rugby-style footy as "Demetrioufooty"? The buck stops with him. He has the power to say"enough".

Surely he doesn't enjoy the current rugbyfooty? And interesting that there's two articles today with differentsolutions, but the same idea: the umpires are the ones who can getthings moving again. We gotta do something, too much a footy game is not worth watching. Commenter ChrisH Location Vic Date and time June 11, 2012, 1:30AM wholeheartedly agree Rohan. I didn't have tv in the 60's and 70'sand watched in awe a couple of years ago a Geelong StKilda semifrom late 60's, as Jeff Crouch umpired the game. ONE umpire and hewas constantly in quickly to bounce the ball.

and yes, in my beliefthe game was just as fast as it is now because of the constantflow. One of the callers on K-Rock friday night during the lastquarter called it right when he said "the umpires are just toolazy to get in and bounce the ball quickly!" sack JeffGeischen I reckon!! Commenter sMusic Location Mandurah Date and time June 11, 2012, 2:36AM The biggest problems now is that players are scared to pick up theball because if they get tackled they get pinged for holding theball. The result is the ball sliding along the ground as playershover around it, tapping it forward and refusing to pick it up. The Carl/Geel game had about five example of someone grabbing theball and being tackled straigh away with no prior opportunity toget rid of it. These players didn't even dive on the ball and theystill got done.

Sack AD and bring PRIOR OPPORTUNITY as they onlyfactor in dropping/holding the ball decisions. Commenter Jez Location Melb Date and time June 11, 2012, 7:49AM Rohan your point about umpires f old moving quickly to restart playis well made. The other thing I have noticed abt them in old videosis that they often had a smile on the face! And I bet iof they hadbeen wearing microphones we would find out that they weren'tbarking instructions at players all the time. Umpires should shutup and pay a free kick. is there anything sillier than hearing"don't hold, don't hold ..

play on" at a boundary throwin when everyone can see that the ruckmen are holding. Commenter rhm Location Date and time June 11, 2012, 8:52AM Spot on Rohan--but don't ball it up--throw it up---they take toolong to bounce the ball. This allows more players to positionaround the contest. Commenter michael Location mount martha Date and time June 11, 2012, 8:59AM I agree completely most of these mauls develop as a result takingfar too long to call for a ball up, allowing more and more playersto gather in the area of the contest attempting to out number theoppostion at the eventual ball up. Get the ball in play and movingbefore there are 30 players all standing within 30 metres of theball up.

Commenter JAL Location Date and time June 11, 2012, 9:05AM kevin has had his day on the rules committee so have a couple ofothers. Every supporter wants the rules left alone every playermore than likely wants the rules left alone it appears that theonly ones who want to fiddle around with the game are the same oldsenile fuddy wuddies who once a long time ago played the game. Arethey really just trying to regain some attention or do theyactually think that they are going to improve the spectacle of thegame, me thinks not. Commenter rastus Location Date and time June 11, 2012, 10:01AM if you notice the difference btw the time the umpires allow tolapse in these scrums before blowing the whistle and balling theball up again in the first three quarters in comparison to in thelast - there is your answer. the scrums are never allowed to justroll on for long in the last quarter as it is considered timewasting or killing time..

so if they can cut these scrums short inthe last quarter then they could in the first 3 quarters too...withthe exact same intention to stop wasting time and get the ball freeand moving again... how many times do you hear at the footy"blow your whistle and ball it up, we are not playing rugbyhere" Commenter kyles Location melbourne Date and time June 11, 2012, 10:05AM Only a few years ago ,field umpires called to the players in a packto "hit it out" The rule comes back to --is the playerable to get rid of the ball ,or is being pinned to theground.Moveable scrums is poor umpiring advice. Three four players on top of the player holding the ball,continuesthat problem. If the player has no capacity to get rid of the ball,surely it is "in the back" It would not take long for players to get the picture.

If the player does not have to ability to get rid of ball, he iseither caught holding or awarded in the back. Surely it is time for new faces around the umpiring table. Commenter Trevor A Location Melbourne Date and time June 11, 2012, 10:48AM For a great example of this problem watch the Richmond vs Freogame, umps consistently let congestion and inevitable ball upsituations go far too long. 10-12 times during thre game thewhistle could have been blown 20 seconds earlier.

Was like watching rugby KB. Commenter cardtrader Location Richmond Date and time June 11, 2012, 11:03AM More comments Comments are now closed.

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