Ref­eree de­serves praise

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - Matthew McIn­er­ney Re­porter matthewm­cin­er­ney@apn.com.au

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

PUN­ISHED: Isis Devil Alusa Na­sio was one of two play­ers sent off on Sun­day.

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