Made a really, really dumb mistake this weekend. Loose ball had come from the opposition's half, having last come off one of our players' sticks and was heading for the end line. Everyone else was still around the centre line just leaving the ball to run out of play except one of our backs chasing the ball but still a long way behind it. Realising he wasn't going to be able to stop the ball going over the end line for a corner, I casually strolled out wide to intercept the ball and calmly kicked it back to him. No sooner had I kicked it than a little voice in my head said "errr, you do realise you're about 5m outside the D?". I don't think anyone else could actually believe what they'd just seen, so play continued for several seconds before it sunk in and a short corner was given. But the discussion that ensued at half time and after the game was should I have been carded? If I'd made a deliberate illegal contact outside the D in the midst of an attack, then without a doubt. But this was a situation where the nearest attacker was barely over the centre line, and whilst I did technically gain an advantage by preventing a long corner, it was such a slow ball that there's no doubt I could have stopped it with my stick with no effort if my brain had been properly engaged. I'd argue that in those circumstances a penalty corner was sufficient in itself, but should I have been carded on top of that?