POLICE and security guards were forced to physically restrain supporters from abusing umpires during yesterday’s emotion-charged elimination final at Myrtleford.
Up to five people were dealt with as tempers flared late and after the game. At least one of those crowd members had his details taken by police.
North Albury fans were unimpressed after a host of umpiring decisions went against the Hoppers at crucial stages of the game.
North Albury coach Jason Akermanis wouldn’t comment on the umpires but said plenty of things needed to be fixed.
“That’s something I need to talk to Aaron (McGlynn) about,” Akermanis said.
“All I can say is that at this level, with how good our players are and what we expect, there’s a bit of a conversation we need to have.”
Akermanis did not blame the umpires for yesterday’s defeat that put the Hoppers out of the finals.
“We came into this game understanding it would be close,” he said.
“Unfortunately, they just got too many easy goals and certainly got a very big rub of the green in the wrong parts.”