"We have a game analysis team that meets every Monday afternoon and we analyse the games from the weekend. Good games, the games where things have potentially gone on, we are working through that constantly."
Hocking welcomed the feedback from coaches, with umpiring decisions in general a potential discussion point when the senior coaches have their annual catch-up with Gillon McLachlan at the home of the AFL chief executive next week.
"We take on board what the coaches are having to say, definitely. What we won't do, though, it react to events from week to week. It's more about trends. If there is a trend, we will certainly look into that but we certainly don't respond just (to) that particular weekend," he said.
Richardson said the new Perth stadium had exacerbated the crowd issue.
"I coached from the bench on the weekend and there was one stage – and I dont get caught up on the umpires – but my skipper (Jarryn Geary) who was injured (did),” Richardson said.
"I got really frustrated on the weekend and its the non-calls. Thats the point Im trying to make about this noise, the influence it has on the umpires. Its massive, the noise. I think it has potentially gone to a new level at this stadium – it was off the charts.”
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick is another senior figure who has questioned umpiring decisions in Perth. Hardwick did so in 2011 after the Eagles had won the free-kick count 30-14.
Richardson said the Saints had sought clarity from the umpiring department.
"The feedback we get and (football operations boss) Simon Lethlean is certainly looking for some feedback from this weeks game, its about the decisions that were made, not about the decisions that werent made,” he said.
"I find that a little bit sloppy. I really rate the umpiring department and I will acknowledge that its the hardest game probably in the world to umpire, theres so much grey.
"Did he have prior opportunity, did he get him in the back before hes pinned him? That annoys people, it has influence. I do get frustrated if you dont get feedback on the non-calls as opposed to just the calls."
Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.
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