WELL this round has been indifferent in some ways in terms of the referee?s performances. The one thing that impressed me was the fact that not only were the penalty counts down, but the penalties that were blown, helped enable a good flow for the games. Now whilst I advocate a game with few penalties, I do not under any circumstances like a referee who deliberately keeps the whistle in the pocket, just so he can be seen to be a decent ref. Case in point a few weeks ago, Shayne Hayne officiated the Warriors v Brisbane game in Auckland. He blew for only two penalties the whole game and those were for kicks that went out on the full. That wasn?t a good game to watch as it became too predictable and it gives the wrong message. Yes, play the advantage, but remember, if you play it too long, you can?t go back for the infringement.Some things are still eating away at me in terms of Rugby League purity. Players are playing tunnel ball at the play the ball and not getting pinged for it and others are constantly in front of the kicker at the line drop out and are allowed to get away with it.Steve Clark came under criticism after the Parramatta v Manly clash, but this was probably one of his better games. Technically speaking he was good and I applaud him for showing gumption for sending Fuifui Moimoi off. As a referee myself, I don?t have the benefit of the video ref and cameras whenever I don the liquorice jersey, but if that was me with the whistle, I would have punted Moimoi 10 times out of 10.Performances:Shayne Hayne: Cronulla v NewcastleSome baffling decisions soured this for me, in what was a decent game which ebbed and flowed for both teams and kept the supporter in his seat and nibbling on his fist. A ?knock on? in the second minute was ruled after the player lost the ball. For me, watching it, it seemed like it was helped out and there was still momentum. The George Carmont try for me was more benefit of the doubt, but Hayne was right on the spot, he had a perfect view and yet still went to the video ref. He probably could have awarded it then or ruled a knock on without going upstairs.Overall I would say he put in an ok performance but the jury is still out for me in terms of his ability to referee first grade.Tony Archer: Penrith v New Zealand?Starch shirt? has a decent set of pipes on him. I was really impressed that with the noise in the stadium I could hear him bellowing at the players and giving instructions. His signals picked up, which is a good sign considering his whistle really annoys me. He eliminated in a sense, the ambiguity in his game. His whistle doesn?t change no matter what the situation. A penalty, a knock on, and a try have all got three different tones but Archer doesn?t deviate too much in a sense of his technique.Overall I would say this was a good game all round from Archer. Correct calls, good positioning and a confident manner. He is a first grade referee but I would like that whistle seen to. Steve Clark: Parramatta v ManlyThis was the most fiery of contests this round. Clark?s experience came to the fore. It could have degenerated to the point where it may have been untenable but his control of the game was excellent. Constantly being questioned by Kennedy, he showed that he was always in control and never lost the plot. His fitness is still a bit questionable, but he did what he had to ? be in the right position at the right time. His whistle, communication and signals were all right on the mark. As I stated previously, he showed a lot of grit when he sent Moi Moi off for an early shower in what was his first send off since Shane Rigon in 2000. Overall, I give him top marks for this game. His control kept the game on track when it could have gone down the toilet and thus a good spectacle ensued.Jason Robinson: Souths v CanberraI was a supporter of this bloke when he came into grade. Earlier on in the season, he lost me with a few well below average performances. He has turned it around in the last few weeks and this game was no different. This was a game I was glad I watched. It was a great effort all round. His positioning was good, his whistle is extremely strong and his signals were clear and concise. I am still a little worried about his voice being able to get over a big crowd. This game wasn?t watched by many, but as an assessor, I would want him to be booming across the television.Overall, he has a good all round game. Clear signals, good whistle, good control and had the respect of the players. In my opinion, this performance will move him up the pecking order.Paul Simpkins: Brisbane v Wests TigersA good game which was supposed to be a ?no-brainer? in terms of picking the result. Simpkins as usual was clear with his signals and his whistle was strong as always.However, that?s where my good points about his performance end. Leaving aside my allegiances, I found him to be overly critical in the tackle area. Too many penalties for players around the neck, where in my view, playing the advantage would have been the way to go. He failed to pick up a forward pass which led to a Tigers try in the second half. Whilst the referee looks for his linemen to give him an indication, the buck stops with the referee as he is the one to pull up the pass if he deems so.Overall I would say Simpkins was the dunce of this round. He blew unnecessary penalties and was overly officious in certain areas of the match. Definitely needs to improve for next week.Sean Hamsptead: St George-Illawarra v MelbourneI rank this bloke as the best referee in the game at the moment. However, with being number one, you need to keep performing at your best. I haven?t seen that from him recently and I think if he wants to remain number one, he needs to lift his game. This was a decent effort with two of the competition?s big gun teams in a pressure cooker atmosphere. He had good authority, good signals, his communication was good and he had relatively good control. He still isn?t at his best but if he picks up where he left off from this game, he?ll be back to his best.Overall, I deem this to be a slightly above average performance. For a man with his experience in the game, who has refereed Origin and Test matches, he?ll be wanting to make sure that once Grand Final day arrives, he will be the one that gets given the nod. Improvement is needed for his standards if that is to happen.Gavin Badger: Sydney v North QueenslandThis wasn?t the most attractive game but that wasn?t because of Badger. He is an up and coming referee who shows a lot of charisma and his technique is very good. Made some very good calls in this game but I think his positioning is still a bit off. His whistle, signals and communication were pretty good and if I was Robert Finch, I would persist with Badger because he shows a lot of promise.Overall, a decent effort from Badger. Good calls, good whistle and good communication with the players shows he has what it takes. His positioning must be the first thing to work on come training. If he works on that, he will have all the tools to go further.
XXXX STATEWIDE SCORE WRAPLATEST scores and standings afor major rugby league competitions around Queensland.>>MAJOR COMPETITIONSQLD WIZARD CUPRound 19: Burleigh 24 d North Queensland 22, Tweed Heads 24 d Easts 16, Norths 38 d Ipswich 26, Toowoomba 40 d Wynnum Manly 16, Redcliffe 32 d Souths Logan 28. Central bye.Standings: North Queensland 27, Redcliffe 26, Toowoomba 26, Tweed Heads 20, Easts 20, Burleigh 17, Norths 15, Souths Logan 12, Central 11, Wynnum Manly 10, Ipswich 6.NELLIE DOHERTY CUPResult: Queensland 40 d New South Wales 24.QLD WOMENSNo fixtures due to Nellie Doherty Cup.Standings: Ipswich Brothers 26, Wests Centenary 20, Wests Mitchelton 10, Caboolture 2.INTERSTATE TERTIARIES CHALLENGEResult: Queensland 26 d New South Wales 20.ARL DEVELOPMENT SHIELDFinal: Currumbin Tugun 20 (Guy Borgus 2, Dalin Sharrock, Chris Evans tries; Joel Munro 2 goals) d Aspley 12 (Dale Copley, Zak Bishop tries; Joel Bailey 2 goals).>>> SOUTH EAST DIVISIONFOGS CUPRound 19: Burleigh 28 d Sunshine Coast 10, Tweed Heads 44 d Easts 12, Wynnum Manly 32 d Aspley 26, Norths 38 d Ipswich 18, Souths Logan 44 d Redcliffe 18. Western Districts bye.Standings: Tweed Heads 30, Burleigh 23, Easts 22, Souths Logan 20, Wynnum Manly 20, Sunshine Coast 18, Redcliffe 17, Norths 12, Ipswich 10, Aspley 10, Western Districts 8. FOGS COLTS CHALLENGERound 19: Tweed Heads 20 d Easts 16, Burleigh 28 d Sunshine Coast 10, Norths 54 d Ipswich 20, Aspley 32 d Wynnum Manly 12, Redcliffe 80 d Souths Logan 18. Western Districts bye.Standings: Norths 28, Redcliffe 27, Easts 24, Souths Logan 19, Wynnum Manly 18, Aspley 18, Tweed Heads 17, Burleigh 15, Ipswich 10, Western Districts 9, Sunshine Coast 5. SPOTLESS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPStandings: Redcliffe 236, Tweed Heads 221, Easts 218, Burleigh 182, Norths 180, Souths Logan 165, Wynnum Manly 154, Ipswich 84, Aspley 84, Sunshine Coast 69, Western Districts 51.XXXX BRISBANE SECOND DIVISIONNORTHSIDE ONERound 15: Banyo 24 d Samford 12, Dayboro 28 d Northside Natives 8, Pine Rivers 30 d Fortitude Valley Juniors 26, Northern Suburbs Juniors 30 d Brook Sharks 20, Aspley Demons 26 d Sandgate Brighton Gaters 24.Standings: Dayboro 28, Banyo 21, Fortitude Valley Juniors 18, Samford 17, Pine Rivers 16, Aspley Demons 15, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 13, Brook Sharks 9, Northside Natives 8, Northern Suburbs Juniors 7.SOUTHSIDE ONERound 17: Carina 38 d Wests Inala 14, Greenbank 22 d Mt Gravatt 12, St Brendans 54 d Capalaba Juniors 6.Standings: Carina 30, St Brendans 28, Greenbank 23, Wests Inala 19, Mt Gravatt 18, Wynnum Manly Juniors 10, Capalaba Juniors 6, Logan Brothers 0.NORTHSIDE TWORound 19: Ferny Grove 50 d Deception Bay Bombers 12, Northern Raiders 36 d Aspley Demons 16, Normanby 42 d Pine Central Holy Spirit 26, Deception Bay Juniors 33 d Fortitude Valley Juniors 0 (forfeit), Arana Hills 45 d Burpengary 0 (forfeit), Mitchelton bye.Standings: Mitchelton 36, Ferny Grove 35, Normanby 32, Deception Bay Bombers 26, Northern Raiders 24, Arana Hills 22, Deception Bay Juniors 20, Aspley Demons 13, Pine Central Holy Spirit 10, Fortitude Valley Juniors 8, Burpengary 4. SOUTHSIDE TWORound 20: Logan Brothers 42 d Bears 20, Sunnybank 36 d Redlands 10, Rochedale 20 d Carina 0 (forfeit), Beenleigh Juniors bye.Standings: Rochedale 34, Sunnybank 30, Beenleigh Juniors 30, Logan Brothers 27, Redlands 18, Carina 11, Bears 10. SOUTHSIDE THREERound 20: Logan Wanderers 36 d Wynnum Manly Juniors 22, Beenleigh Juniors 10 drew Slacks Creek 10, St Brendans 40 d Browns Plains 16, Rochedale 36 d Bulimba Valleys 24.Standings: St Brendans 32, Slacks Creek 29, Logan Wanderers 28, Beenleigh Juniors 21, Rochedale 16, Wynnum Manly Juniors 16, Browns Plains 10, Bulimba Valleys 8.SOUTHSIDE FOURMajor Semi: Carina 36 d Wests Inala 18Minor Semi: Browns Plains 34 d Cannon Hill 14.Standings: Wests Inala 34, Carina 30, Browns Plains 27, Cannon Hill 22, North Stradbroke Island 22, Waterford 10, Slacks Creek 5, Bears 2. Finals: Preliminary Final ? Wests Inala v Browns Plains, Davies Park, Saturday August 5, 1.15pm. (Carina through to Grand Final at Davies Park, Saturday August 12, 1.15pm).ALBERT BISHOP SHIELDMajor Semi: Redlands 32 d Eastern Suburbs Juniors 14. Minor Semi: Arana Hills 24 d Fortitude Valley Juniors 14.Standings: Redlands 32, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 28, Fortitude Valley Juniors 25, Arana Hills 22, Wynnum Manly Juniors 18, Sunnybank 18, Waterford 15, Centenary 4, Aspley Demons 4, Mustangs 4. Finals: Preliminary Final ? Eastern Suburbs Juniors v Arana Hills, Davies Park, Saturday August 5, 3pm. (Redlands through to Grand Final at Davies Park, Saturday August 12, 3pm).ARTHUR SPARKS SHIELDRound 18: Wynnum Manly Juniors 28 d Mitchelton 26, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 72 d Browns Plains 21, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 60 d Pine Central Holy Spirit 10, Logan Brothers 46 d Capalaba Juniors 22, Mustangs 46 d St Brendans 22, Arana Hills bye.Standings: Mustangs 28, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 28, Logan Brothers 28, Arana Hills 27, Wynnum Manly Juniors 24, Mitchelton 23, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 22, St Brendans 18, Capalaba Juniors 10, Pine Central Holy Spirit 4, Browns Plains 4. >>NORTHERN DIVISIONBENDIGO BANK PREMIERSHIP (Cairns)Round 19: Innisfail 30 d Mossman Port Douglas 18, Kangaroos 48 d Atherton 28, Ivanhoes 38 d Yarrabah 20, Brothers 44 d Suburbs 30, Mareeba 50 d Edmonton 20. Tully bye.Standings: Brothers 33, Innisfail 31, Kangaroos 29, Ivanhoes 25, Atherton 24, Mareeba 22, Tully 22, Mossman Port Douglas 16, Yarrabah 14, Suburbs 10, Edmonton 2.TOWNSVILLE DISTRICTS RLRound 16: Charters Towers 49 d University 24, Sharks United 39 d Burdekin 24, Centrals 24 d Herbert River 20. Brothers bye.Standings: Brothers 64, Herbert River 48, Sharks United 44, Burdekin 42, Centrals 34, Charters Towers 32, University 8.* Wins worth 4pts in TDRLMERCURY CUP (Mackay)Round 17: Souths 26 d Moranbah 14, Sarina 48 d Whitsunday 16, Wests 26 drew Norths 26, Brothers 52 d Magpies 26.Standings: Moranbah 26, Souths 24, Brothers 24, Magpies 14, Sarina 14, Norths 12, Whitsunday 10, Wests 4.MID WEST RLWeek 15: Normanton 40 d Cloncurry 38, Hughenden 58 d Julia Creek 6.Standings: Normanton 24, Doomadgee 21, Hughenden 21, Cloncurry 12, Julia Creek 6, Richmond -3.* Wins worth 3pts in MWRL. Forfeiting teams docked 3pts.MOUNT ISA RLPreliminary Final: Town 46 d Desert Sharks 20.Standings: Town 16, Wanderers 14, Desert Sharks 12, Brothers 6, Black Stars 6.Grand Final: Wanderers v Town, Town RLFC, Saturday August 5, 3pm.>>CENTRAL DIVISIONEXTENDED LEAGUERound 9: Rockhampton Brothers 44 d CQU Norths 16, Gladstone Brothers 26 d Tannum Sands 20, Yeppoon 48 d Valleys 20, Wallabys 68 d Biloela 20. Fitzroy Gracemere bye.Standings: CQU Norths 13, Wallabys 12, Gladstone Brothers 12, Rockhampton Brothers 11, Fitzroy Gracemere 10, Yeppoon 8, Tannum Sands 4, Valleys 2, Biloela 0.Finals: Commence August 26/27 following completion of district league finals.ROCKHAMPTON DISTRICT RLStandings: CQU Norths 16, Rockhampton Brothers 15, Fitzroy Gracemere 15, Yeppoon 2.Finals: Major Semi ? CQU Norths v Rockhampton Brothers, Browne Park, Sunday August 6, 3pm. Minor Semi ? Fitzroy Gracemere v Yeppoon, Browne Park, Sunday August 6, 1.30pm.GLADSTONE DISTRICT RLStandings: Gladstone Brothers 21, Wallabys 19, Tannum Sands 10, Valleys 6, Biloela 4.Finals: Major Semi ? Gladstone Brothers v Wallabys, Marley Brown Oval, Sunday August 6, 5.30pm. Minor Semi ? Tannum Sands v Valleys, Marley Brown Oval, Sunday August 6, 4pm.CENTRAL HIGHLANDS RLRound 15: Clermont 34 d Blackwater 28, Middlemount 30 drew Emerald Tigers 30, Springsure 10 d Emerald Brothers 6.Standings: Clermont 24, Blackwater 21, Emerald Tigers 18, Middlemount 16, Emerald Cowboys 9, Springsure 2.CENTRAL WEST RLMajor Semi: Longreach 37 d Barcaldine 26. Minor Semi: Winton 40 d Ilfracombe 28.Standings: Barcaldine 20, Longreach 14, Winton 14, Ilfracombe 8, Blackall 4.Finals: Preliminary Final ? Barcaldine v Winton, Barcaldine Showgrounds, Saturday August 5, 6pm. (Longreach progresses to grand final on Saturday August 12).>>WIDE BAY DIVISION4BU-HITZ FM PREMIERSHIP (Bundaberg)Round 14: Across The Waves 36 d Wallaroos 32, Easts 24 d Hervey Bay 22, Wests 40 d Brothers 28.Standings: Wests 19, Hervey Bay 18, Across The Waves 16, Easts 13, Wallaroos 8, Brothers 8*. * Deducted two points for fielding unregistered player. WIDE BAY AUSTRALIA CUP (Northern Districts)Round 15: Biggenden 106 d Miriam Vale 0, Gin Gin 86 d Avondale 8. South Kolan bye.Standings: Biggenden 28, South Kolan 20, Miriam Vale 18, Gin Gin 16, Avondale 8.CENTRAL BURNETTRound 11: Eidsvold 24 d Calliope 20.Standings: Eidsvold 12, Calliope 8, Monto 6.BRAD BACKER SHIELD (Fraser Coast)No fixtures due to wet weather.Results: Brothers 22, Rovers 10, Wests 8, Titans 4.MAROOCHY RSL CUP (Sunshine Coast)Round 14: Nambour 50 d Beerwah 16, Noosa 52 d Gympie Cooloola 10, Bribie Island 20 d Maroochydore Coolum 14, Caboolture 34 d Kawana 12. Caloundra bye.Standings: Caloundra 28, Noosa 24, Kawana 20, Caboolture 20, Nambour 19, Maroochydore Coolum 15, Beerwah 10, Gympie Cooloola 9, Bribie Island 5.SUNSHINE COAST GYMPIE AMATEURSRound 12: Kilcoy 36 d Yandina 16, Beachmere 28 d Palmwoods 4. Pomona bye.Standings: Kilcoy 28, Beachmere 21, Pomona 19, Yandina 10, Palmwoods 6.>>SOUTH WEST DIVISIONWAGNER?S FIRST GRADE (Toowoomba)Round 18: Brothers 30 d Dalby 24, Valleys 74 d Gatton 8, Pittsworth 60 d Newtown 14, Goondiwindi 42 d Souths 38, Wattles 30 d Warwick 10. Oakey bye.Standings: Valleys 32, Brothers 30, Goondiwindi 28, Dalby 22, Oakey 22, Wattles 21, Gatton 18, Pittsworth 17, Souths 14, Warwick 10, Newtown 2. ROMA DISTRICTS RLRound 14: Mitchell 38 d Cities 34, St George 80 d Chinchilla 24, Miles 36 d Red Bulls 12.Standings: St George 19, Mitchell 15, Cities 14, Red Bulls 14, Miles 13, Chinchilla 9.BORDER LEAGUERound 14: Tenterfield 38 d Killarney 18, Stanthorpe 64 d Inglewood 18.Standings: Tenterfield 20, Killarney 20, Stanthorpe 9, Inglewood 3.WESTERN RLRound 15: Cunnamulla 94 d Quilpie 14, Tambo 16 d Charleville 14.Standings: Charleville 22, Tambo 19, Cunnamulla 11, Quilpie 8. Finals: Minor Semi ? Cunnamulla v Quilpie, Cunnamulla, Saturday August 5, 3pm. Major Semi ? Charleville v Tambo, Charleville, Saturday August 12, 3pm.>>SOUTHERN DIVISIONQLD GROUP CUP (Ipswich)Round 15: South Burnett 54 d Redbank Plains 18, Swifts 30 drew Laidley 30, Fassifern 18 d Norths 16, Springfield 29 d Goodna 16, Brothers d West End on forfeit.Standings: Brothers 28, South Burnett 26, Norths 18, Goodna 16, Springfield 16, Fassifern 12, Redbank Plains 12, West End 10, Swifts 9, Laidley 3. SMARTLEND CUP (Gold Coast)Round 16: Tugun 38 d Runaway Bay 24, Burleigh 16 d Helensvale 0, Beaudesert 24 d Uni Parkwood 18, Southport 62 d Mugeeraba 4, Tweed Heads 40 d Nerang 24.Standings: Tugun 32, Burleigh 28, Runaway Bay 23, Southport 16, Beaudesert 16, Uni Parkwood 15, Tweed Heads 14, Nerang 8, Mudgeeraba 4, Helensvale 2.