Deputy talks Football World Cup
JANELLE Robb has a soft spot for football and is not hiding it.
She’s also a capable referee, knows the rules of the game better than most people in the area and is currently senior appointments officer for Toowoomba Football referees and chairwoman of the South West Zone standing committee for referees. Therefore, we could do a lot worse than ask her for her opinion on the World Cup.
“I think Brazil stands a great chance of winning the trophy, even though they seem to have settled for a somewhat conservative squad,” the Warwick State High School deputy principal said.
“I’m not expecting any major surprises in this year’s tournament.
“Maybe the Australian team could be this year’s surprise, if our players manage to stay fit.
“As for the star of the tournament, there will be so many good players but maybe an unsung hero will triumph. All teams will be affected by the weather in South Africa, especially by the altitude in which all games will be played.
“Referees, however, have had a lot of time to train in the South African conditions so I’m sure they will be more than ready for the tournament."
As for the effect of the refereeing on players’ performances, Robb said referees should look after players at any level.
“Allow them to be physical without crossing the line and let them play according to their talent,” she said.
“The effect of refereeing on the outcome of games will be the same as in previous years.”
Warwick High student Mitchell Barling, a player and referee, said he expected the referees to be consistent, to not give out undeserved red cards and not tolerate cheap tricks by players.
“I still can’t forget how Australia was knocked out in the last World Cup, after Grosso dived in the area and Italy got an undeserved penalty,” Mitchell said.
“Referees should let the players show their skills and let the game fly.”