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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly, 11am

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We'll wrap it up there today, folks. Thanks for the questions and comments, and let's hope today's Geelong-Hawthorn match lives up to its usual standard. Think the game really needs it just now! Catch us back here next Monday at the regular time of 12pm.

 

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  • If you notice when Judd did his hamstring while kicking the footy he was pushed in the back and no free kick was given to him or down field. This happens many times in games when a chasing player knows he can't catch the player about to kick the ball so they clearly push them in the back while they kick the ball. So im asking when did this stop being a free kick or either a down field free kick, is 2 or 1 hands in a players back with a pushing motion only a free kick in a marking contest now?

    Commenter
    Trasky
    Date and time
    April 21, 2014, 10:38AM
    • Hi Trasky, I think that's a pretty good point. Perhaps sometimes they just get missed in a particularly fast passage of play. I didn't think it was a massive shove, but to the letter of the law it was there and should have been paid at the point Judd was pushed.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      April 21, 2014, 11:03AM
    • The ones I always notice are in open play, especially along the wings or running into open goal. As an umpire you would have to have your eyes closed not to see them.

      Commenter
      Trasky
      Date and time
      April 21, 2014, 11:16AM
  • 1. I love the footy - risk free or not - leave it alone
    2. ANZAC Day is never about form
    3. I like the names
    4. Give the Lions time
    5. Agree with your opinion - not a big deal. Give it to Kangas & Dogs
    6. Bit early to call on Richo

    My question:

    Are the Crows back or with Mummy/Shaw out was it a "flat track"?

    Commenter
    MApB
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    April 21, 2014, 10:39AM
    • Hi MApB, 1. Not asking for legislative change, just a bit more daring from the coaches. 2. You're right. 3. Don't mind them, but what's point if no-one can see them. 4. Agree. 5. Happy for Roos and Dogs to get it, or anyone, or things to stay as they are. 6. I did say at this stage. Just think given how gloomy an outlook was being forecast for Saints, they and he have done very well to date. And the Crows? Yes, I think they are back, something clicked against St Kilda and continued on Sunday. Still a bit patchy, but their best is very good.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      April 21, 2014, 11:07AM
  • 1. Why is there no camera on the goal line? It would be the only useful view in score reviews.

    2. How can a player be expected to release the ball when someone is lying on their back effectively pinning both arms and with no option to kick it?
    Why isn't this paid "in the back" to ease congestion?

    Commenter
    AlanT
    Date and time
    April 21, 2014, 10:54AM
    • Hi Alan, 1. There has been for some games, I remember it coming in very handy in the Geelong-Adelaide game in round one, but seems totally dependent on the broadcaster and how many they're using, which appears to be different for different games. The goalpost cam is obviously the most effective one, should be standard. 2. Agreed, same goes for when players are pinned on their back. Umps want to see a demonstrable attempt to get rid of ball, but pretty hard if your arms are pinned. Been a few dodgy ones this weekend gone.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      April 21, 2014, 11:10AM
  • Carlton's form yesterday against another bottom side WFC, is not top 8 status or likely to be.
    Why oh why has CFC been allowed to perform like this.
    But the fitness advisers who are supposed to be the very best seem out of place ,tired or believe in themselves and their publicity
    The Judd incident . What a shock. Who made that call.
    If Carlton beat West Coast, Collingwood and St Kilda perhaps they are coming back.
    If not then its time to change.
    The coach sacked for Malthouse failed to make the top four. Carlton has never looked the same since. Now CFC is asked to sack half its list.
    A poor tradesman that blames his tools in my opinion

    Commenter
    trevor
    Location
    melb
    Date and time
    April 21, 2014, 10:57AM
    • Hi Trevor, I have some sympathy for the Blues on the Judd front. Was a different injury. Yes, he was underdone, but hammys are a pretty chancy injury, and they've gone on players who have had a ton of running and fitness work in them. Can anyone accurately say just how much work he needed to guarantee he wouldn't do one in his first game back? Next three weeks will clearly tell the sort of season Carlton are going to have. I think problems are deeper than the coach, looks increasingly to me like this list peaked in 2011 and has been on gentle downward curve since. Think Ratten was very unlucky to get the chop, but things might not have been that much different had he stayed, either.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      April 21, 2014, 11:14AM
  • Hi Rohan, Essendon seemed to have gone across the Nullarbor without a serious intent on winning. I don't like it when teams flirt with their form, and it seems to have bitten them on the backside, given their performance against St Kilda. Do you think the team has a problem with arrogance, believing against certain teams they should win with ease, without having to put in the required effort? Or is that taking too much away from the Saints, who did play really well, and are captained by an absolute champion?

    Commenter
    Harry
    Location
    Kennett River
    Date and time
    April 21, 2014, 11:28AM

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