What was Dane Rampe thinking?

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Should Essendon have received a free kick for shaking the post?

  • Yes - that’s what the rules say

    Votes: 2 33.3%
  • No - the decision was fine

    Votes: 3 50.0%
  • Don’t care - it was Essendon

    Votes: 1 16.7%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


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Foundation Member
Site Immortal
Jul 17, 2003
The rules of our game is unique in that many of the decisions are made using the umpires interpretation of the rule e.g. holding the man / ball.

This is a clear cut rule - did Rampe deliberately shake the post by his actions? Yes. Free kick.


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Assistant Coach
Sep 21, 2008
I put don't care because it was Essendon but technically Yes it should have been paid


Foundation Member
Aug 5, 2003
In my mind it's no free. Rules don't stipulate a free for climbing the post, but it probably should. Rampe climbed the post, which at this point, is not illegal. Post shook as a result of his climbing. He climbed the post to gain a height advantage in the hope of touching the ball if it came close. Rule states a free if the post is deliberately shaken. He did not deliberately shake it. Ump did right think by telling him to get down. One of the rare times the ump has used common sense. Play on.
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