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“He milks a free kick as well as anyone in the competition”: Clarkson questions Papley


Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says certain umpiring decisions made it feel like the Sydney Swans had an extra player on the field at times.

The four-time premiership coach told reporters post-match that he wished free kicks that were awarded to Tom Papley were routinely paid.

“He milks a free kick as well as anyone in the competition," Clarkson said of the Swans small forward.

“You just wish they were consistently paid to everyone that gets knocked off the ball like that.

“Nine other occasions in the game someone gets knocked to the ground and the umpire doesn’t pay it."

The Hawks lost the free kick count 22-13 tonight and Clarkson said it's "swings and roundabouts".

“A low-scoring game and the free kicks are 22-13 against, it’s like we’re giving them an extra player on the ground," he said.

“That’s the way it goes. There’ll be games where we’re ahead in the free kick count.

"It didn’t work out for us this game."

Hawthorn travel to Perth to take on Carlton at Optus Stadium next Friday night.

Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Tom PAPLEY

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