After a season in which they have constantly been accused of ducking to win free-kicks, West Coast are now in the firing line over the legality of their handballs during the three-point loss to Collingwood at the MCG last Saturday.
The AFL's own website looked at handballs from the likes of Patrick McGinnity, Scott Selwood and Tom Swiftm, all of which were not penalised.
And former Western Bulldogs ruckman Luke Darcy said it was a throwback to Adelaide's "Crow-throw" era under coach Graham Cornes, when the formative club earned the tag for their dubious disposals.
"You might remember a term going back a few years, it was the 'Crow-throw'," said Darcy, a former member of the AFL rules committee. "I think it's back.
"The West Coast Eagles have made it their own.
"I reckon there is a little pattern forming, we are seeing the West Coast Eagles making that little throw their own."
Darcy said he believed umpires just wanted the game to flow."I get the feeling watching the game that dropping the ball and incorrect disposals are almost gone, the umpires are just happy to see the ball spill out," he said.
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