Friday, April 14, 2023

Well done Mr Nathan Coad, a great role model for referees

Photo:  Mr Coad shows the yellow card to South Hobart's Reilly Morton, who has just conceded a penalty. [PlessPix] 

Referees don’t often get much praise.

The performance last Monday of Nathan Coad, who was in charge of the Lakoseljac Cup Round-of-16 game between South Hobart and New Town White Eagles, deserves praise

I would have given him a 10 out of 10.

Coad was in total control without being overbearing and his positioning was excellent.

He was always where he should have been.

It is often said that the best referees go unnoticed in a game.  Mr Coad was noticed when it mattered, and that's how it should be.

He handled every situation with an air of authority without being pompous or being the centre of attention.

He intervened when it was necessary, but with a calmness that defused the situation.

He awarded two penalties  -  one to South Hobart and one to Eagles  -  and there was no argument.

He was right, and no-one could question his decision.

Photo:  Eagles' Brett Andrews scores the penalty which made it 1-1. [PlessPix] 

He sent an Eagles player off after showing him a second yellow card, and even the player taking the long, lonely walk did not protest for too long.

Indeed, the player probably appealed for mercy rather than disputed the decision, but the red card was completely justified.

One could argue that the game was a mismatch in terms of the standing of the two teams and therefore easy to referee.

That misses the point.  Every game throws up situations that will test a referee’s expertise and player management skills.

Mr Coad showed excellence in both areas and is to be commended.

Photo:  Nick Morton scores from the penalty that gave South Hobart a 3-1 lead at half-time. [PlessPix] 

He is Football Tasmania’s Referee Manager and, as such, is expected to be a role model for every other referee.

Based on last Monday’s display, he is just that and I congratulate him for his work.

It’s not an easy job but Mr Coad is performing well in the role.

I have seen him at many games, watching, mentoring young up-and-coming referees, and generally putting himself about to help his colleagues.

That can surely only benefit Tasmanian football.

Photo:  Mr Coad keeping up with play as South Hobart's Sam Berezansky attacks the Eagles defence. [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

Great to see referees being acknowledged.

Anonymous said...

Agree Walter, without referees we can't play our wonderful game.
But I also agree with you that a referee does not need to be noticed.
Just needs to communicate properly and treat people with respect.
You are not the KGB.
Paying attention Mr Plom.

Anonymous said...

Annon 11:34 I believe you spelt Kopra wrong.
He referee's like he is the main show and everyone has turned up to watch him.
Yes Stratos loves a theatrical point but the players say that you can talk to him & understand why, unlike brenton who puts himself above the game.
I'd like to see that tall young referee who did zebras vs south get more big games, he manages the players the best of the lot and they all seem to respect him.

Nonetheless hats off to mr coad this weekend, let's continue to see that level of consistency as it raises the game.

Anonymous said...

Seems obligatory for players to contest penalties these days but having seen a photo of the 'tackle' ( not sure what it is ) on previous thread of ball long gone and no other defenders in sight, Morton is possibly thanking the referee for the colour of the card : top photo.
The rules of any game quite literally define it and should be held almost sacred to the players and lovers of 'the code'. Referees that have a real feel for the spirit of these rules and not just the letter of the law and who can almost invisibly officiate over a fluid game are what I also prefer . They are rare and should rightly be celebrated even applauded at times , so thanks for this one Walter.