ELVs advocate Matt Goddard calls it quits

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    Referee Matt Goddard officially retired today because of chronic injury. A few of you may in fact be jubilated by this, but you will actually realize it’s a bad thing when you see the new referees who are in line for Super 14 duties next year.

    Goddard, an ambassador for the ELVs, dished out five yellow cards and a red earlier in the year, which came under much scrutiny, and he was destined for great things, aged, 34 with major games under his belt.

    I am deeply saddened by this, but I look to the future, as his replacement will be Steve Walsh, one of the best referees in the game.

    The retirement of Goddard and the future retirement of Dickinson really does question who we have coming up as future Australian referees:

    1. Steve Walsh — you all know why he’s leading
    2. James Leckie _ We might see him on the IRB International panel next year
    3. Paul Marks — Will probably be on the panel, maybe not receiving many games, however
    4. Ian Smith — Has plenty of experience under his belt
    5. Nathan Pearce
    6. Damien Mitchelmore — Have seen him referee plenty of times this year and he has only let me down once

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    • October 30th 2009 @ 12:54am
      Yikes said | October 30th 2009 @ 12:54am | ! Report

      Well, I don’t know exactly why Goddard was such an ambassador for the ELVs. No more or less than any other ref I’d say. Odd headline. He came under heavy criticism for that game, much of which I think was unwarranted. Some days the players don’t listen or learn.

      Unfortunately, you will not see Leckie at all next year. Far from being on the international panel, he was dropped entirely by the ARU and will not referee a game next year in S14. The Australians in S14 will be Dickinson, Walsh and Pearce. Smith and Marks will probably get a few games each.

      • October 30th 2009 @ 7:13am
        chief said | October 30th 2009 @ 7:13am | ! Report

        They dropped Leckie? I really didn’t see that coming, he was on the IRB development panel and Merit panel. I met the bloke once seemed like a genuniely nice bloke. How did you hear about Leckie being dropped?

        So I take it Mitchelmore will probably be promoted to ‘A’ panel or Lees. Not sure, fingers crossed for Mitchelmore.

        • October 30th 2009 @ 2:26pm
          Cattledog said | October 30th 2009 @ 2:26pm | ! Report

          Chief, is that Jason Lees?

        • October 30th 2009 @ 2:56pm
          Yikes said | October 30th 2009 @ 2:56pm | ! Report

          Saw him at the Catchpole Medal.

      • October 30th 2009 @ 8:58am
        Brett McKay said | October 30th 2009 @ 8:58am | ! Report

        It’s good to see Steve Walsh getting back to a decent level. Whatever problems he may have had, he’s too good a ref to be ignored at that level…

    • October 30th 2009 @ 7:39am
      True Tah said | October 30th 2009 @ 7:39am | ! Report

      I dont think the Kiwis, and Hurricanes fans in particular, will be missing Goddard.

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      October 30th 2009 @ 7:56am
      Bay35Pablo said | October 30th 2009 @ 7:56am | ! Report

      Refs nowadays are being overmanaged. It is in the pursuit of consistency, but we end up with robots. Goddard overreacted with the cards because he was critiqued for his game the week before for being too soft.

      Yet another example of a lack of depth in Aussie rugby, because of the lack of an ARC. The step up from club rugby to Super 14 is just as big for refs as players. They need an intermediate level to blood them.

    • October 30th 2009 @ 8:27am
      Jack Petro said | October 30th 2009 @ 8:27am | ! Report

      PB35 .. give up on the ARC concept … it was flawed and failed. The reason we have little depth with referees is that there is little support for them in the game. I know my sons don’t want to referee and many of my mates would say the same thing … different species!

      If the young up-and-coming referees were supported and promoted, given opportunities, etc., we may see that some of them would flourish; hang on that sounds like the same thing for player development? We need the 2nd Grade Shute Shield referees given a chance at 1st Grade THROUGHOUT the season as part of their professional development – not just in the last week!

      The problem is, for a referee to improve, he must fail at some time. Unfortunately, the rugby public (referees panel et.al.) can’t accept that – look at the backlash at Matt Goddard after the “cards” incident; pity the public didn’t realise he was still injured when he was appointed to that match; blow the whistle and slow the pace down so you can keep up … almost a park-rugby mentality isn’t it!

    • October 30th 2009 @ 9:35am
      Hansie said | October 30th 2009 @ 9:35am | ! Report

      Goddard was a good referee with a good sense of humour – his games were generally enjoyable to watch. I think Walsh is the logical replacement. Hopefully the circumstances of his departure from NZ will reduce his on-field arrogance, which was always his shortcoming.

      • October 30th 2009 @ 1:02pm
        True Tah said | October 30th 2009 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

        I thought his shortcoming was he got on the drink too much?

    • October 30th 2009 @ 12:55pm
      Dean Pantio said | October 30th 2009 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

      Good riddance to him.

      • October 30th 2009 @ 3:14pm
        Cattledog said | October 30th 2009 @ 3:14pm | ! Report

        Now that’s a good, positive comment that will do much to further the discussion on referees and referee replacemets. NOT! He’s obviously refereed games where the outcome has not been to your liking. It’s very obvious you have never been behind the whistle so would have no idea whatsoever about the processes that occur constantly on the field. So you are in no position to make such a lame remark.

        If you have been behind the whistle, then your comment is a disgrace and certainly Matt Goddard doesn’t need to hear such tripe from someone not qualified to make such a remark. I don’t know Matt Goddard but have seen him referee games the same as others have. He’s had better games than others, as does every referee and player for that matter. He doesn’t, however, deserve such comments on his retirement. Understand what ‘constructive’ critisicm is and use this, if necessary.

        Let’s see if your big enough to repeal the comment and wish him well in his future endeavours.

        • October 31st 2009 @ 2:21pm
          Cattledog said | October 31st 2009 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

          Dissenting opinions and the tripe you wrote are two different things. Just as I thought, unqualified to make such an absurd comment (you offered nothing to substantiate your quals) so be constructive. He’s better than Ayoub! If that’s your lame attempt to repeal the comment, it’s a dismal failure. You and Robbo would make a good pair, if your not one of the same.

          • October 31st 2009 @ 4:43pm
            Dean Pantio said | October 31st 2009 @ 4:43pm | ! Report

            Again with the assumptions. I made no attempt to repeal anything. I stand by my original comments. Go cry elsewhere if you don’t like what I have to say.

            BTW, the contraction of you are is you’re,not your.

            • October 31st 2009 @ 5:42pm
              Cattledog said | October 31st 2009 @ 5:42pm | ! Report

              You’re absolutely correct…just as punctuation marks have a space after them!! LOL

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