Friday 5 April 2013

Refereeing 2013

Avondale's first refereeing performance under the new Director of Refereeing (Dior) Professor Jonckers was widely viewed as successful... by most of the participants.

Referee Petzer had the game by the scruff of the neck from the outset and when Referee Cross has worked out which of his gnarled fingers to use to identify the goal scorer, the table officials will be more relaxed.  It's just a shame that the Otter number 2 scored so many goals in this first match.

Perhaps it was his relative inexperience, but Ref. Cross completely missed the brief spat involving fists, elbows and some Olympic glaring from both participants despite it taking place directly in front of him.  Luckily the experienced and consistent Ref. Petzer's attention was just where it needed to be and when the pair involved in the fracas ignored his initial volley, nay avalanche, of whistles there was only ever going to be one outcome - and both saw out the remainder of the game from their respective benches..

I think the novice referee would do well to consider the oft touted advice to 'blow early and blow often'.

Despite having taken little exercise the beers after the game tasted every bit as good as they do after training!

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