The umpire who was sent tumbling after colliding with Dustin Martin on the weekend has revealed what the AFL superstar said after the hit.
Adam Wojcik has endured a tough start to the season after being involved in numerous collisions with players while doing his job.
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In Round 1, Wojcik was bundled over after colliding with Nat Fyfe on the goal line.
Six weeks later, Joe Daniher jumped on Wojcik as he tried to take a mark on the goal line.
And on the weekend, Wojcik injured his shoulder after Martin came charging over to collect the ball in Richmond's thrilling comeback victory over GWS.
“The ball was bouncing, or came off a pack, and ended up bouncing towards the goal line,” he told AFL.com.au.
“And as I’m backing back to get away from the ball, the ball kept following me along the goal line, and by the time I got to here (near the post), Dusty was charging through like a steam train and kicked the ball on the line as I was standing there.
“(I) wore the bump and then just tried to brace, obviously shouldn’t have put my arm out, otherwise I would’ve got up fine."
Wojcik injured in Martin collision
With his eye on the ball, Wojcik was collected and sent flying.
Unfortunately, in the fall Wojcik kept his arm straight and injured his shoulder.
The veteran umpire is currently waiting on medical advice after an MRI, but he said Martin did check up on him after the collision.
“Dusty said ‘Am I right?’ and then he asked if it was a goal," Wojcik said.
Wojcik has officiated 255 AFL matches, which has included the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Grand Final.
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