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The Forward Pocket: Why Adelaide Crows’ tackling machine Rory Laird could win the Brownlow Medal this season

Umpires are pretty busy in the heat of the footy cauldron.

They don’t have time to study kicking efficiency, or metres gained, or the kick-handball ratio of the 44 players running around at a frenetic pace while also officiating the game to the lofty standards we demand.

What they do see is who emerges from a crunching tackle, who parts the seas at a contest and bursts forward and who the scoreboard says has had more touches than anybody else.

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