Welcome to the site where you can get your opinion on sport across no matter what it is. Feel free to contribute, you know the email addy, if not just ask me for it. Don't be shy people, let the world know how much you hate Man Utd, or how much you think NSW will win the next Origin by! This is the first of hopefully many post and I'd like to send a special congrats to Wazza for being the first person to feel the need to rant, love it! So read on and remember don't keep those feelings bottled up inside, its not healthy, get them out no matter how long or short they are.
What's my worth then?
With the recent news that Ronaldo is moving from Manure to Real Madrid for a world record $A162 Million it brings up an interesting question, If he is worth that much, surely I am worth at least $1 Million?
Sunday Afternoon Referees
OK so, today I played Sunday afternoon lower grade football as I am sure alot of you do or have done at some stage, you show up every Sunday asking "OK so do we get linesmen this week or is the coach of the away team going to be referee as as the officiating body hasn't sent anyone." We are used to this and usually you get a few calls that could have gone against you or with you. However this afternoon when we showed up we were presented with a man that resembled the body mass of Pavarotti and a young linesman who's hair was a similar volume.
At half time the scores were locked at 0-0 and the winner of the game would move into 2nd position on the table. so alot to play for in the 2nd half..
At half time a few of our team approached the linesman and asked him how long he had been a linesman, turn out this was his first game, so we continued to ask him if he was allowed to call off side, to which he replied yes. When asked well why didn't you raise the flag when on more than one occasion their forward was off side, ( the ref had made the call so all was not lost) he replied "I WASN'T WATCHING".. OK first game you might miss a few calls but when I refereed my first game I was shit scared about missing anything so i watched like i hadn't watched before.
OK 2nd half no linesman at our end..
What was a nice piece of play down our right hand side ended up with a through ball to a player that had fallen over, only to get up in time for the ball to be at his feet and turn and shoot at goal. I as goal keeper got a hand to the shot and turned it into the post but it dribbled over the line, we appealed for offside and the goal scorer wasn't celebrating as he knew he was off side but a goal was awarded, but the giant of a man who resembled Pavarotti was standing inside the centre circle..
Furious I questioned him about his ability to keep up with the game and make a call that may have a significant outcome on the current leader board, his response..
"I'm the guy in the yellow shirt so shut up, I was in the right place for the play", I again protested that the centre circle is a long way away for the penalty spot.. in which I received " I was in a better position that you to make the call"
As play resumed a barrage of offsides were given against the team, a few correct I will admit but on more than one occasion the opposing striker and I stood and looked at the referee bewildered by the decision he had made as we both knew it was onside and should have offered the team a chance at a 2nd goal. But again a clear offside was allowed to play on, I made the save but again we both stared at the referee in amazement..
You are probably thinking yeah this happens..
But during the last 10 minutes of the game a ball being run down the sideline was blown as out against us, the opposing player turned to the referee and said "what the fuck? I didn't touch him how is that a free kick?" In response (again from the centre cirlce)"the ball was out" I think almost everyone on the pitch at this stage had to laugh as when shown where they were standing, all players were about a foot inside the touchline. So we had a drop ball ??
Yes we did end up loosing the match 3-1 and yes they deserved the 2nd and 3rd goal but in a match with so much riding on it, conceding the goal started a collapse and a loss of self belief in the team which eventuated in the 2nd and 3rd goals.
So my final thought is, if you don't have linesmen and you cant keep up with the play why make a call and threaten players with a send off when questioned about it, especially when the striker who scored the goal admits to being offside..
That's what I am complaining about today and Randwick council not closing the ground when every other council in the eastern suburbs closes theirs.. now we have to organise 3 catch up games..