Clarkos ball call works, but did it backfire on Hawks? – AFL

One week after criticising the “dreadful” state of modern-day footy, blaming the current adjudications of the holding-the-ball rule as a main factor for its decline, he saw a weekend with a drastic boost in decisions.

ALASTAIR Clarkson got his dream.

I DONT AGREE WITH CLARKO But theres one guideline Gill desires to tighten up

After the AFL recently sent a memo to clubs informing them of more stringent analyses around the rule, Champion Data notes that the 91 holding-the-ball free kicks paid in round five was more than 50 percent greater than the previous season average.

Clarksons anger with the analysis came after Hawthorn laid 69 takes on recently versus North Melbourne, not getting a single complimentary kick as an outcome of them. On Sunday, they laid 49 for the advantage of one totally free kick.

His criticisms were supported AFL primary executive Gillon McLachlan, who stated players “ought to be pinged” for soaking up tackles when they have already had time to get rid of the footy.

An overall of 11 holding-the-ball totally free kicks were paid in that match. The only issue? The Hawks were on the incorrect side of a 1-10 journal for the night.

An average of 60 holding-the-ball choices had been paid throughout the first four weeks of the season, despite the average deal with count sitting at 50 deals with per match throughout that very same period.

Round fives spike, which saw 31 more holding-the-ball totally free kicks paid than the previous average, came despite tackle counts throughout each of the games over the weekend dipping to 49.6 per match.

Did the harsher analyses lead to better footy? Scoring per group dropped from 63.7 points throughout the very first 4 weeks, to simply 61.6 points in round five.

In spite of seeing his plea come great, Clarkson might have been ruing his words as he viewed Hawthorn fall to a 34-point defeat to Greater Western Sydney on a discouraging Sunday night.

” I disagree with him on one thing, you need previous opportunity.( But) I believe we require to be tougher on holding-the-ball. I think that prior chance needs to be tighter … but Im simply a voice.

HOLDING THE BALL DECISIONS

Round 1: 48

Round 2: 62

Round 3: 68

Round 4: 62

Round 5: 91

A total of 11 holding-the-ball totally free kicks were paid in that match.” I disagree with him on one thing, you need previous opportunity.( But) I believe we require to be tougher on holding-the-ball. I believe that prior chance requires to be tighter … however Im simply a voice.

Scoring per group dropped from 63.7 points throughout the first 4 weeks, to just 61.6 points in round five.