Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Halftime Spray #19 (2014)

Every week fans, officials and players have some gripe with the quality of the match officiating and some of the decisions made. A lot of these are 50/50 calls and people eventually accept them and move on.
But what people cannot, will not and should not accept is ANY error made courtesy of the video referee.
The game is stopped, they have several camera angles at their disposal and the ability to slow play down to a frame-by-frame speed. Furthermore, there are two of them to adjudicate on the decision.
Yet they still make mistakes and this is something that should not be tolerated, when all avenues to make a mistake have been closed off due to the technology.
I am personally getting sick and tired of hearing the referee's boss come out and state that "so and so referee has clearly got that decision wrong."
We know they got it wrong!
How did they get employed if they can make a blatant error that everyone can see?
Furthermore, how do they remain employed after such a mistake?
It's high time that the referee's boss stopped telling us that the ref's made mistakes and set about ensuring they don't do it again.
On-field referee's deserve and receive some leniency on their calls, as they are not privy to several camera angles and opportunities to watch an incident again and again. However they do get the opportunity to send a decision upstairs on possible tries being scored.
A few weeks ago Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma appeared to have scored a try against Manly, but the on field referee Shayne Hayne declared it wasn't a try and refused to let the video referee look at it. The replays confirmed that it indeed was a try. Within a minute, Manly travelled the length of the field and scored - and the momentum of the match swung completely the other way.
All people want is consistency. We got used to every try being sent upstairs and learned to live with it. But for some unknown reason, Shayne Hayne chose to bypass this strategy, which is a greater concern than his ‘no try' ruling.
If the on-field referees can't be consistent in how they adjudicate, what chance have the players got of having any respect for them?
If the video referees can't be consistent in how they adjudicate, what chance have the on-field referee's got of having any respect for them?
It's a sad state of affairs when the only decision from any match official that we can completely agree with, is from the referee's boss when he says of the match adjudicators, ‘they got it wrong.'

Monday, 4 August 2014

The Halftime Spray #18 (2014)

Call me old-fashioned, but if someone told me something in confidence and in private, that's where I'd leave it.
People calling Gorden Tallis ‘honest' for claiming Robbie Farah said Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter can't coach, some 15 months ago, are deluded beyond belief. It's not honest to breach a person's trust or reveal something they said in private.
On Monday night, Tallis revealed that he felt compelled to stick up for his mate Potter when news reports began surfacing some weeks ago that Potter's position could be terminated early.
Rumours about Potter's future were coupled with allegations that there was a player revolt against him. This revolution has been reported as being just one man to as many as ‘the senior playing group' (also known as a wild guess).
‘Honest' Tallis criticised Farah for being quiet while rumours of player unrest towards Potter were fuelling speculation Potter would be sacked. However the week before Tallis made this claim, Farah was reported as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald "There is no player discontent."
Potter backed this up by saying "I have not had one issue about the players."
He also spoke of the uncertainty about his career at the Tigers as being "a little distracting."
Hardly the words of a man who needs any PR assistance.
Tallis decided to reveal his big story anyway, despite it being over a year old and quite very possibly entirely irrelevant.
Did ‘honest' Tallis bother to confirm if Farah's alleged beliefs were still true? No.
After the drama on Sunday at the Tiger's post-match press conference, Farah clearly stated that "Mick has the support of the playing group and will continue to have the support of the playing group, that has never been an issue." Shortly after, the Tigers board agreed to not sack Potter, but to let him see the season out.
Given that Tallis suggested his interest was in defending Potter, one has to wonder how ‘honest' that statement is, given that 24 hours after Potter was saved from the sack, Tallis continued pushing his agenda.
Surely if Tallis was trying to look after Potter, then shutting his gob would help to take the pressure off Potter. His courageous crusade to try and help a bloke (who never asked for his assistance) should have ended when it was announced that Potter would get to see out his contract.
Instead Tallis ironically decided to carry the story on. The ‘honest' Tallis said to Farah after a recent game "Robbie you can have your say, it doesn't worry me."
Yet Tallis is the only one of the two constantly bringing this story up and dragging it out. Clearly it worries Tallis.
‘Honest.'