Do you think that umpires take too long to blow the whistle?

In one of the hardest games to adjudicate, umpires are seemingly scattered through the media for their decisive calls, but in some instances, the lack of.

 2024-05-25T03:45:00Z 
Carlton WON BY 29 POINTS
Marvel Stadium
CARL   
102
FT
73
   GC

Gold Coast Damien Hardwick once again brought to the attention that throughout the Saturday afternoon clash with Carlton, the play continued much longer than it should have.

With player safety in mind, Hardwick was gobsmacked that of 131 effective tackles made, only four were rewarded with holding that ball, while the delayed whistle increasing the risk of players being put in "compromising issues".

"We've just got to get on top of this," Hardwick said post-game.

"The players owe each other a duty of care, but as umpires, we've got to blow the whistle earlier.

"They're putting players in a really compromising position that they could get hurt, and we don't want that."

Under the roof at Marvel Stadium, the former Richmond premiership coach referenced an example where Blues forward Charlie Curnow had his arm pinned by Suns defender Mac Andrew, with the prolonged contest becoming a "dangerous situation for both players".

"We've got to look at it, we've got to coach it," Hardwick said.

"I know it's incredibly hard, but from a player's health and wellbeing point of view, we've just got to make sure, for the benefit of the game, we look after the players."

"I know it's incredibly hard, but from a player's health and wellbeing point of view, we've just got to make sure, for the benefit of the game, we look after the players."

Carlton coach Michael Voss shared a similar view to Hardwick, saying the club will "follow up" on multiple contentious calls.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: Michael Voss midfield manager of the Power looks on during the round 21 AFL match between Port Adelaide Power and the Collingwood Magpies at Adelaide Oval on August 13, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

"I don't say that often," Voss said post-game.

"We've got some things to follow up. Clearly, we're not getting it right or we're educating it wrong.

"We've got a couple of things to follow up, just to make sure we have clarity as well that we're seeing it the same way.

"It's our responsibility to get clarity when we're unsure, and we're unsure. I'll wait and hold, and we'll do the right channels as well.

"It's about taking our time, have a look through the vision and be really clear. We've always had really good discussions, so I can't see that changing.

"We'll probably just seek a little more feedback this week than what we normally have."

The Blues were down 13-3 in free-kicks at one stage, which was rectified (16-11) by the final siren.

Carlton's 29-point win over the Suns has them back in the top eight, whilst Hardwick's men are 10th.