'I don't like to blame the refs': One South Burnett A-Grade coach says our referees are still worthy of our respect.
'I don't like to blame the refs': One South Burnett A-Grade coach says our referees are still worthy of our respect. Matt Collins

South Burnett A-Grade coach speaks up about on-field abuse

UMPIRE, official, judge, linesman, adjudicator.

Whatever you call them, referees are a crucial element of any sporting event.

And while our men and women in the middle may not always get it right, South Burnett sporting organisations have reminded players, coaches and fans they are still worthy of our respect.

A-Grade Rugby League coach with Kingaroy Red Ants Ryan Sullivan said he would like to see more support for our whistle-blowers.

"I don't like to blame the refs," he said.

Even with computer assistance such as hawk-eye in tennis and the bunker in rugby league, these technological advances still get it wrong.

So what hope do our umpies have?

"There are always plenty of mistakes in the game, but it always works both ways," Sullivan said.

As well as a fair go for our refs, the Red Ants coach praised the crack down on rough play from players.

"There have been a few big suspensions which is good," he said.

"I hope they keep that up."