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McPharlin comfortable making his mark
Luke McPharlin. Pic: Lincoln Baker/WA News

Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin feels he has a good grasp on the rules regarding marking contests despite the controversy surrounding some seemingly contradictory umpiring decisions in recent weeks.

The interpretations have been the cause of much confusion for AFL players, coaches and supporters around the country.

McPharlin said the Dockers had been practising contested marking situations in a bid to avoid falling foul of the rules and giving away free kicks.

“That idea of that full extension of the arms – you don’t want to be pushing opponents out of the way,” McPharlin said.

“It’s really just about standing your ground and trying to fight for a position really and protect the ball drop.

“It is a challenge, but like anything with the umpiring of it, people make mistakes at different times and I think the umpires are doing their best in terms of trying to umpire that particular contest.

“I feel I’ve got a good grasp and understanding of the rule.”

McPharlin said Stephen Hill was a likely inclusion for Saturday night’s blockbuster clash with Collingwood at Patersons Stadium after the dashing wingman missed last week’s win over Gold Coast with a quadriceps injury.

“From what I’ve seen he seems to be OK,” McPharlin said.

“He was out there (on the training ground) this morning and he’ll go through the paces tomorrow.

“From our understanding it wasn’t anything major so we certainly hope he’ll suit up on Saturday night.”

Fremantle did some light work on the track this morning and will have their main training session tomorrow in preparation for the Collingwood game.

The West Australian

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