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  1. Referees

    One Early spring Sunday morning I did 2 junior games at Underbank and I wore my full refs kit and my tracksuit over the top. It was blowing a gale and we had everything rain, sleet, snow and hail. The thing that frustrates me is the inconsistency of some fans. They say that they want consistency from match officials when in fact what they mean is they want decisions to go consistently in their team's favour. How can someone who is 20 metres behind the dead ball line see if a side is off-side or a pass is forwards when it is 60 metres down field? The number of these fans that have x-ray vision astounds me and I wonder why I never got it when I passed the course. The things they shout I call RL Tourettes. We now tell referees that abuse is not part and parcel of the game and that they don't have to put up with it as many have done in the past. The reality is that it's bullying in the work place. How many of us would put up with that at work? With Sky we have a bunch of ex-players in the commentary team who actually have little knowledge of the technicalities of the laws of the game and without a certain ex-referee to put them right they constantly feed their own version of events which is in all honesty rubbish to the fans who regurgitate it time after time. It constantly frustrates me that they are always trying to prove the officials have got it wrong. It's this kind of thing that leads to frustrations in the fans and things like someone thinking it's ok to throw objects at the officials. Sorry, will get off the podium now
  2. Carcassonne shaping up

    Does anyone know when this coming season's fixtures are announced? We're over in Carcassonne the first weekend in October and would take in a game if there was one locally.
  3. Female match officials

    It works both ways, easier to remember
  4. Female match officials

    I guess its a case of priorities change
  5. Female match officials

    No, that would be Sarah Bennison as she was before she got married and had children.
  6. Female match officials

    I tend to go with Sir, I taught Tae Kwon Do for many years and it was the same there. It makes things simple, it is respectful and causes less confusion. I had a pro player ask me just this question at the weekend when I was covering interchange duties on a game.
  7. Female match officials

    to be honest if you're on a professional game it's rare you actually hear what the crowd are shouting because you are concentrating on the game. However, this does not make it acceptable to shout such abuse just because you think it isn't heard. I do k know of one player that has served quite a lengthy ban for shouting homophobic abuse when standing in the crowd at a game because it was witnessed by an off duty official who reported it.
  8. Female match officials

    As an active female match official I can tell you there are still a number of us currently working in the game. There are a couple who are currently refereeing at NCL level and more of us TJing at NCL level. I have just had my first game back after a 2 year absence following an ACL rupture and then reconstruction. From my point of view it has been a long hard road to recovery and rehab but I|'m getting there now. The main reason why a lot of the younger girls are no longer out there refereeing is because they have got married, had children and have changed their priorities. The reality is that no matter how much we hope it will be otherwise family pressures weigh more heavily on women than they do men. The disciplinary issue is irrelevant as I can tell you from personal experience that we get much more respect and less issues from the players on the field than we do with the touchline experts. The abuse we receive from the TL is much more likely to put us of than anything any of the players do or say. The abuse unfortunately is not a gender specific issue and the expert on the TL sees us as fair game for torrents of abuse and this is where the real issue is.
  9. I wasn't at that end. Never went near that end and never do because over the years as I've been going to games there have always been problems down that end. In fact, I didn't move from my seat from before the start of the game until after the final whistle. The last time I went to a game there before getting promoted I had to get the stewards at the end we were in yesterday to stop some local children abusing 2 little elderly ladies. Seems to me it doesn't change and I for one have had enough and will not be coming back.
  10. Like I said so it's my own fault. I understand that now.
  11. Ah I see now, having spent 40 minutes sitting with my husband and 2 friends without any issues only to have a group of people who I have never seen before, didn't speak to or even look at sit behind us and start hurling foul mouthed abuse at us in the presence of what I can only assume was her young daughter who had just left the pitch as one of the cheer leaders is my fault. Why didn't I think that in the first place.
  12. I was at the game yesterday sat in the stand behind the posts. No problems at all during the first half and then the crowd of foul and abusive Fev fans came and sat behind us and I must admit I have never heard anything like the language coming from a woman sat directly behind me. She was sat with her pint glass of beer half empty and just abused anyone and everyone in a Hull KR shirt. There are a few clubs a refuse to visit and after yesterday Featherstone has been added to that list.I go to support my team not to be abused in this unprovoked manner.
  13. Who's your bet to replace Stevo?

    It never ceases to amaze me that people don't actually want to know or understand the laws and how the decisions are arrived at. I have yet to meet anyone who knows the game from both a technical laws perspective and from how the game is played these days. If he was given the opportunity to say more and give more insight instead of constantly having to fight with Stevo and his rants we would learn a lot more. There is nothing finer than hearing Stuart put Stevo back in his box when he is clearly wrong.