Four-time premiership player Luke Hodge has slammed the umpiring during Friday night’s preliminary final, labelling it as “pathetic”.
The Magpies edged the Giants by one point in a thriller at the MCG to progress to next weekend’s grand final.
This season, the AFL introduced a fourth field umpire to improve decisions and deter undisciplined play.
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However, in the wake of Collingwood’s slim victory, Hodge was critical of the umpires’ decision-making, believing several calls slipped through the cracks.
“It’ll be interesting to see how many of those umpires get a job next week. If you go through a lot of those free kicks that were missed, they will not be at the MCG,” Hodge told SEN’s Crunch Time.
“I’m not being harsh on them, but this is a prelim final where we put in an extra umpire to make sure we don’t miss anything.
“We’ve got umpires that overrule from 70 metres away three weeks ago, but then when it comes to a prelim when one point causes a win or a loss and a season to finish for a team and the umpires put the whistle away.
“A lot of those decisions were pathetic.”
A total of 24 free kicks (for) were paid during the first preliminary final – 12 for each side.
This figure was below both teams’ season average with the Magpies receiving an average of 18.2 and the Giants’ 15.5.
“They did not do a good job last night,” Hodge said.
“They let too many go away. We put in four umpires to stop certain free kicks.
“Toby Greene almost got his head knocked off just before three-quarter time.”