Referee deserves praise
FAR too often referees are in the spotlight for making decisions spectators, players and coaches believe are wrong.
The men with the whistle cop gobfuls of abuse at grounds and occasionally the decisions are dissected by media.
My pet hates are foul play, fighting and dangerous tackles.
Other stuff like forward passes and knock ons are frustrating when not noticed but we have to remember officials are human.
The line was drawn in the sand about fighting two years ago, with an instant sin-bin for throwing punches, and dangerous tackles have the potential to cause seriouslinjury, which affects players’ personal and working lives.
With that in mind, referee Les Ravenen deserves a pat on the back for the way he controlled Sunday’s A-grade fixture between Isis and Wallaroos.
For one reason or another there was an awful lot of spite in the game.
Punches were thrown on several occasions, there was plenty of push and shove, and at several times it appeared as if the game would spiral out of control.
Ravenen did not take a backward step in his approach, and ultimately sent three players to the sin bin and two straight off for various indiscretions.
The way he approached each incident deserves to be commended.
He took time to confer with the sideline officials, which allowed the hot-tempered players some extra time to cool off.
While you might not have agreed with some of his decisions during the game you have to respect Ravenen for the way he dealt with the issues.
The no-nonsense approach must be continued to rub it out of the game.
PUNISHED: Isis Devil Alusa Nasio was one of two players sent off on Sunday.