Geelong coach Chris Scott has raised questions after Gold Coast counterpart Rodney Eade made contact with the umpires ahead of Saturday's match.
Geelong coach Chris Scott has raised questions after Gold Coast counterpart Rodney Eade made contact with the umpires ahead of Saturday's match. JULIAN SMITH

Eade's call has Cats coach on alert

AFL: Geelong coach Chris Scott is hoping history doesn't repeat itself at Metricon Stadium after counterpart Rodney Eade made contact with the league's umpiring department.

Eade this week called the whistleblowers to seek clarification on two free kicks paid against his players in last week's 13-point loss to North Melbourne.

Scott, who didn't ring the umpires after Joel Selwood was heavily tagged by Levi Greenwood in the loss to Collingwood, said the last time Eade did as such the week before playing the Cats, it had an early effect in the Suns' favour.

"I said post-game we didn't have an issue (with Greenwood's treatment of the skipper) and we still don't," he said.

"Sometimes saying that you've rung the umpires and got some clarification around some rules can have a benefit.

"Last year, we played Gold Coast and Rodney Eade had made some comments about Tom Lynch being manhandled and he got two dubious free kicks very early in the game.

"Sometimes it works. I notice he's done it again but it's not something we've done this week."

But Scott expects it will only be "human nature" for the umpires to react in the wake of Eade asking questions of them.

"It's hard to read their mind on (whether it was a tactic by Eade)," Scott said.

"I'm not sure what to read into it necessarily. I just draw on past experience where there have been comments made and it's only human nature for the umpires to react in some way.

"They would say that they're very strongly impartial and they treat each situation on its merits, but the umpires are the same as us, you watch the opposition play in previous weeks and draw some conclusions from it."

All three Cats emergencies, Sam Menegola, Zac Smith and James Stewart travelled to Gold Coast with Scott flagging that he could yet make a change before Saturday night's clash.

"Given that we've still got 24 hours, we want to maintain that flexibility (on our team)," he said.

"Sam's still a good chance to play for us. Unfortunately the rules dictate that we don't have any flexibility with the way we pick the side on a Thursday night.

"If we do choose to manage a few players, and then we decide to play them, if we've already named them 'managed', they can't play.

"Don't read too much into the fact that players are named 'omitted'."

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