The other side of Essendons struggles with umpires is that we play too fair & by the rules.
We don’t scrag, rarely wrestle, hold jumpers… so when one of our guys does do it theres an immediate whistle & free kick, i.e. we make it easy for the umpires to call it out.
Ruthless sides, like recent Brisbane, Geelong, Hawthorn, Swans sides do it all over the ground, after every mark, stoppage, ruck contest. You can’t play fair and win consistently and win a GF.
Its just low probabilty stuff/not possible.
We have maybe a couple of these players and desperately need more.
Maybe others can help but Walla, Hurley, Hooker might fit this mould. After that I mostly see fair ball players. I think our balance is out of whack.
Think Chris & Brad Scott, Voss, Alastair Lynch, Cameron Ling, Matthew Scarlett FFS, Josh Gibson.
We need someore grunt.