Coaches will always have a bias towards the players they know. The bigger concern I see is using their position to influence players moving schools - best illustrated by Mason, Fox and Perese moving to Churchie this year where the coach has taken up residence.
Given Churchie won the 16As undefeated with 7 or 8 up in the 1stXV last year that almost got there, all the ingredients from a playing persepctive should have been there for an impressive year. I believe only two from the 16As have gone onto the starting side this year with imports taking.
Interesting - what makes you think you would have been appointed to these games. Sure the schools involved do appoint to B/C/D games but QRRA appoints to 1st/2nd XVs and all A games based on merit with seniority also playing a role but they appoint on a weekly basis depending on availability etc.
The referees are wired up with the Assistants Referees on the sideline. We have seen before that if there was such an obvious offside then one of the ARs would have alerted the referee and the penalty would have come. Perhaps suggests that the offside was not as obvious and only has gained some.
Spikhaza - I admire your optimism regarding BBC 16As but the score in the Churchie game was 29-10 - not as close as you have portrayed and with more guns already in the Churchie 1sts already, they have a far better base to start with. Still, footy games are won on the field not in these forums.
I think you must be confusing BBC with BGS - BBC 16As won 4 games GT/BGS/IGS/TGS but lost to BSHS/Churchie/TSS/NC.
Their coach would say it ended as a reasonable season but looking at it, I agree it was an average season - they just beat the lesser teams by a maximum of 5 points.
Ashgrove Boy, i agree with you - it is not that Ashgrove is falling away but the other schools are now lifting their standards - great for the competition and it showed this year because this was the closest AIC has been to GPS at the top level for years.