Carlton will seek clarification from the AFL umpires’ department after several contentious decisions in Friday night’s loss to Hawthorn left club coaches and powerbrokers baffled.
Blues general manager football Andrew McKay told Fairfax Media on Saturday questions would be asked ”on a few decisions”.
The free-kick count finished 22-13 in Hawthorn’s favour, including 14-4 after half-time.
A week after praising the standard of umpiring, outside of a goal-review blunder, Carlton coach Mick Malthouse took umbrage, particularly with the holding-the-ball rule. One example was when Chris Judd tackled Luke Hodge in the second quarter and the ball bobbed free, only for play to continue.
”Have I missed something recently?” Malthouse said. ”I know I’ve missed the tackling rule – totally missed the tackling rule.
”In that 12 months out, they’ve clearly had such an impact that you can now tackle and dispossess and it’s now called ‘play on’. That’s something I have totally missed in the 12 months I was out commentating, which I didn’t overly see last year. But that’s a factor, and it’s been a factor against us for a few weeks now.
”We pride ourselves on our tackling and dispossession and … the rule, I’m sure, says something about: ‘If you don’t dispose of the ball correctly, it is incorrect disposal’. So I guess we are a little bit bamboozled by that.”
Captain Marc Murphy will have surgery on Monday for a fractured cheekbone, but it’s unclear whether Mitch Robinson has escaped a serious shoulder injury. McKay said Robinson would have a scan on a sore and bruised shoulder.
Robinson, who had begun the match in a frenzy, had his night tempered when teammate Levi Casboult crashed into his back and hurt his shoulder. The Blues have the bye this week but Murphy faces several weeks on the sidelines after a heavy clash with Hodge as they both attempted to grab the ball in the second term. Murphy was taken to hospital soon after for scans.
Hodge later said it was an accident, and Malthouse agreed, although he questioned why Murphy was not awarded a free kick.
Hodge, however, will also face scrutiny from the match review panel for another incident soon after when he ran past the ball and made contact to the head of Blues’ defender Lachie Henderson.
Jarryd Roughead’s off-the-ball hit on Kade Simpson is also set to be reviewed.
In a bruising encounter, Lance Franklin grimaced when he left the field in the third term, having jarred the right hand he had surgery on earlier this year. Franklin had worn a glove against Melbourne in the clash before the bye but he did not on Friday night.
While there was some pain for Hawthorn, the Blues experienced more as they let slip an opportunity to end what is now a 10-game losing skid to the Hawks and topple a competition heavyweight. Instead, the Hawks have won 10 straight in a season for the first time since 1975.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.