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Coaches in the dark over AFLW 50m rule

A rule interpretation communicated to Carlton and Collingwood minutes before their AFLW match has left both coaches bemused.

Coaches in the dark over AFLW 50m rule

A rule interpretation communicated to Carlton and Collingwood minutes before their AFLW match has left both coaches bemused.

WAYNE SIEKMAN, Senior Coach of the Magpies looks on during the 2017 AFLW match between the Western Bulldogs and Collingwood Magpies at VU Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.
WAYNE SIEKMAN, Senior Coach of the Magpies looks on during the 2017 AFLW match between the Western Bulldogs and Collingwood Magpies at VU Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images

Both Carlton and Collingwood have reacted angrily to a clarification of an AFLW rule that the Blues say was communicated to them only half an hour before Saturday night's win over Collingwood.

Magpies coach Wayne Siekman said he wasn't informed at all.


But the AFL insisted a regular update was sent to all clubs on Wednesday stating that the attacking player cannot be impeded in any direction if they elect to play on immediately after being awarded a 50m penalty.

"There's a new interpretation (this week) it seems, and that hadn't been communicated (to us), which I was quite annoyed about to be honest," said Carlton coach Daniel Harford after the Blues defeated Collingwood by five points.

"The umpires came into the rooms to have a chat to us about the game, and remarked upon the new interpretation, and I said 'what are you talking about?'

"That's something we'll bring up with the umpiring department. We'd like to know a touch earlier than half an hour before the game."

Siekman was visibly shocked when asked by reporters how much notice his club was given of the changed interpretation regarding the 50m protected area.

"No-one said anything to us ... if they did put that in place, that's pretty poor to not let the competing side know," he said.

It wasn't the only controversy of the night, with Ikon Park's troublesome lighting again a talking point. The light tower closest to the main entrance stopped working during halftime, was rebooted and failed again during the third and last quarters.

It meant one forward pocket was steeped in darkness at times and was reminiscent of the season two clash that prompted Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich's criticism of the ground's lighting as "terrible" and potentially unsafe.

"I did (notice it)," said Harford post-game. "I thought, bloody hell it's happening again."

Siekman was concerned the game would be delayed.

"I actually sent a message down to the bench to see what was going on. I just wanted to know if we could continue to go on, or if we were going to pause it. It was pretty dark."

Despite having been criticised all week on the back of a four-game losing streak, Collingwood took an unlikely 10-point lead into the final break. But they were held scoreless in the last term, and remain winless after five rounds.

"All I'm worried about is what's happening inside our club," said Siekman of external critique.

"It doesn't look that great when you see 0-5, but when you see the progression (in the young list), that's all I can ask for from this group."

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