Great games today and again a great tournament.
Best of luck to all teams tomorrow.
Whilst the refs are always very much appreciated. Today's referring was absolutely appalling, cost 1 team both games.
So END OF TOURNAMENT for that team, and all those boys.
The poor prepubescent lines boy were too scared to call a non try, so games were lost.
Well known that this type of real and honest feedback falls on deaf ears, but surely we can lift the quality of those running the games.
The young boys in the middle,and those running the lines, do their best BUT they are NOT up to it, you need adults.
It would be really wonderful to see/hear a change from the organisers, and take some honest feedback seriously but that will not happen, I suspect.
A lot of training goes into each team, so some quality officiating is desperately needed.
Despite the forum members disagreeing with WLF regarding this point, I will add my 0.02 worth to the mix...
You can see from the refs at the tournament that 95% are young refs - the older refs are not getting a go at these tournaments as the ref conveners are far more concerned about the young refs 'development', rather than appointing the appropriate refs to officiate at these games
I'd say most of the young refs at St.Lukes were part of the SSS refs program - the 'elite' refereeing program (chosen when they are in Year 11 at school and are provided expert refereeing coaching for when they are in Yr 12) governed by the NSWRRA/ ARU referring trainers... They are meant to be the next 'Angus Gardiner'/ 'Steve Walsh', etc - so they are given the plumb ref roles - and this includes the Saturday afternoon appointments as well.
Have a think about the school 1st XV games you have seen so far this season - how many have been done by 'older refs'? I'd say less than 10% in total...
Lots of the older refs are so jacked with the current situation - the older refs are more than capable of doing these games - and the schools and lower grade games/ higher graded Subbies games as well; however the young refs are fast-tracked for their so-called development purposes.
And this is a reason why we have fewer refs - the older refs are getting pissed off at the situation and are leaving the association in droves...
So what you are seeing is the result of a mypoic view by the NSWRRA ref management regarding refereeing appointments . and the ultimate sufferers of this management guideline? Teams like WLF's, who have games officiated by youngsters who are clearly just not up to the standard required....
I agree with WLF - appoint a few capable and suitable older refs to such games, rather than all youngsters who will unfortunately butcher some matches in tense and tight situations...