I probably shouldn't reply because I turned off the telly at quarter time.
There is one truism in sport: you can't beat the officials (umpires).
I can deal with incompetence - just! - but not with bias.
It's not just the free kicks that are paid. It's the free kicks that aren't paid ... and when and where they're not paid. Adelaide's first goal came moments after an obvious throw. The only 'throw' adjudication paid in the first quarter was against Jobe - a borderline case that cost a goal because of a 50 metre penalty paid against Kelly.
Kelly suffered a ridiculous HTB decision in the first quarter. He should speak to Matthew Leuenberger about playing football as an Essendon player because the decisions against him in the first quarter defy belief.
Can I explain this? No! Is it home-crowd syndrome like at West Coast booing games? I don't think so. All I know is that we were playing O.K. in the first quarter. Adelaide was shading us through the midfield and exposing our defence. They didn't need help but fgs they got it.
If you - like me! - were frustrated with the umpiring, imagine how the players felt. It's hard enough beating a good side operating efficiently without outside interference. (Did the two absurd Leuenberger free kicks against lead to goals? At least one of them did!)
The fact that the AFL is a totally corrupt organisation that is a law unto itself means that there will be no meaningful review of the officiating. If challenged it will ■■■■-covering all the way. Accept it or walk away.
So, for those of you who sat through the entire game - that was over at quarter time - I will accept that our midfield is slow and mediocre defensively - I watched the Brisbane game. I will accept that players panic and make bad decisions under pressure ... something common across the whole competition.
We were fukked over in the first quarter for whatever reason and whatever happened after is almost immaterial to me. Does that mean I think we are a good side? No. But I can see what we are trying to create and I'll withhold judgement until returning players get up to speed, players gel and the martinets with whistles put a cap on their egos.