Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has questioned three umpiring decisions - including a last-minute incident involving Geelong runner Nigel Lappin and Mitch Robinson - in the wake of Carlton's unlucky five-point defeat on Friday and will seek clarification from the umpiring department next week.
Malthouse said the Blues were ''just disappointed'' to have decisions not paid in the last minute of the game, as the coach pointed to a free kick not paid to his young gun Troy Menzel "five metres out", and the subsequent Lappin-Robinson incident with 13 seconds left. The ball was deep in Carlton's attack on both occasions that no free was paid.
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Geelong defeated Carlton by 5 points at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.
Malthouse also raised an errant centre bounce was that not recalled by the umpires in the second quarter, resulting in a goal to Geelong's Josh Walker.
The veteran coach highlighted the Lappin-Robinson incident, when Robinson shoved Lappin, who had been in the path of the Carlton player. ''I'm, sorry I'm just looking at seeing where Robinson couldn't get at the football in the last minute of the game,'' said Malthouse.
''Our player can't get to the football.'' Malthouse then posed the question: ''What do you think the ruling should have been? To the suggestion that it warranted a free, he replied: ''Well, it should have been a free kick then.''
Asked if the umpires had put the whistle away, the coach said: ''I think Troy Menzel would have thought that - what, five metres out?'' Menzel appeared to be grabbed high by Jared Rivers.
Malthouse said decisions should not be umpired differently late in the game. ''Because it's been happening, it's an excuse, is that what you're saying? No, we're disappointed that we lost. Geelong won the game.
''We're disappointed in a bounce that was clearly outside the thing that everyone stopped and....we've been told that it comes back. I'm disappointed that we spoke to the umpire group during the week, they were supposed to ring us on Thursday or Friday and (assistant coach) Rob Wiley, who makes those calls in regards to decisions so we can prepare our players. We haven't received a call. You can say I'm very disappointed.
''I'm just disappointed. I just think it doesn't matter what time of the day it is. You've got two very brave sides out there, it needs a brave decision that is there to be free kicked...this is not about this is the last minute or the last 10 minutes. You know, the last 10 minutes of your journey you still can't travel 70 (kmph) in a 60 zone. That's just disappointing when those things take place.
''We will be seeking clarification like we have on a number of occasions. Earlier in the year, we went off it because we just thought perhaps we just needed to have a bit of (a) breather here. We spoke to the umpires during the week and as I say and we were determined to find out - late in the week, admittedly - just some sort of response which Rob Wiley didn't receive. So yes, we'll be taking up certain issues that we'd like clarification on.''
Malthouse said the players needed clarity. ''I don't think there was holding the ball decision all night.....this is a professional football game.''
Malthouse said he had not moved Michael Jamison on to match-turning Geelong forward Tom Hawkins earlier - Hawkins booted four on Sam Rowe in the second quarter - because Jamison had been injured "down in the rooms".' Jamison played hurt on Hawkins after half-time and held him goalless for the half, though Hawkins remained dangerous.
Malthouse praised the ''great game'' of midfielder Bryce Gibbs who booted four goals and was best afield. ''I'm not surprised at the way he goes about it, he's a highly professional player... and I thought he had a terrific day.''
He said he was ''reasonably happy with the ability of his team to play with greater passion than last week. "And a lot more urgency.''
Geelong coach Chris Scott said the Cats had been ''fortunate'' to win the game and praised Hawkins for his four-goal game. He agreed that the free to Menzel might have been missed, but added that one to Jesse Stringer could also have been paid.