Demons umpiring, North Melbourne, Gary Lyon comments, David Noble

The Giants’ Great Gary Lyon said Melbourne’s 47-point win over North Melbourne on Saturday gave his former team the “best run from umpires”.

Despite playing as a giant underdog against the ruling Premier League, the Kangaroos held on tight for most of the match before fleeing with the Demons in the fourth quarter.

But after a mistaken count of 25-18 free kicks, North Melbourne coach David Noble said he would seek clarification on a number of controversial incidents that went against his side.

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Noble’s comments were supported by Leon, a former Demons captain who said he had never seen a team as lucky to have umpires as his former team did over the weekend.

“I’ve seen Melbourne-North Melbourne, a lot of people haven’t been to the game to see it, I don’t know how many people have seen it on television,” Leon told SEN.

“North Melbourne’s efforts have been much better than they have been in recent times.

“Melbourne got the most runs from the umpires that I’ve seen for a long, long, long time. The win was a good run for them.

“I want to put it there.”

One moment in particular for the North Melbourne coach was a controversial free kick against Terin Thomas for a crunching front to tackle Ed Langdon, which gave Demons the opening goal.

“It’s one of those things that’s hard to balance, isn’t it? I’m not sure about the explanation, it was up front, I got the dangerous essence of tackle,” Noble said after the game.

“From my point of view, I probably thought it was a fine tackle. I was quite happy with it.

“I just think we have to be careful, and I think there’s a balance on both sides. But I’m probably making a phone call this week with that one and a few others.”

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