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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 20th 2009
20 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 21, 2009 MB STREETVIEW Sex, tries and videotape Eli Ezra Thelma Haddad Marie Karakiozis Nikki Haddad Harris Kisses The controversial match between the Dragons and Bulldogs on Friday night got a lot of people talking. The Bulldogs were down 20-18 when they scored a try in the last 30 seconds. But video ref Steve Clark denied the Dogs the try due to an obstruction. Just how important are video refs? We took this question to the streets of Burwood. Eli Ezra, of Forestville: At the end of the day, games should be based on the facts and what actually happened on the field. I used to ref soccer matches and it's hard. You need on-field refs, but it's also important to have video refs but they should only be used when the on-field ref is completely unsure. They are there to make sure the game is played properly. Thelma Haddad, of Burwood: I even had St George fans come up to me saying it was wrong. I'm a Doggies supporter and it's true -- it was wrong. I don't understand how the video ref made that decision -- we were robbed. I think video refs hold up the game. On-field refs should be confident enough to make decisions, that's what they are there for, it's part of the game, even if they make the wrong call. Marie Karakiozis, of Bexley: Iama Doggies fan and I'm not happy at all. I don't know much about footy but I don't think the ultimate decision should be in the hands of the video ref. They are a waste of time and got the decision wrong anyway. The game should rely on on- field refs. Nikki Haddad, of Georges Hall: I think it works both ways -- video refs are good and bad. They sometimes slow down the game but, in some cases, you need their opinion. Having too many refs confuses and delays the game. Harris Kisses, of Earlwood: Football games should have video refs because you need a second opinion and feedback as the refs on the field may not see everything that happens during the game. OPINION Do you need help to live independently at home? * Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates Carelink April 2009 Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are here to help. A Centre can: •Provideyouwith information on local aged & community care services available to suit your needs • Arrange help for carers to take a break from their caring role (respite) To contact your local Centre call FreecallTM 1800 052 222* To find your nearest shopfront visit www.commcarelink.health.gov.au For emergency respite outside business hours call FreecallTM 1800 059 059* Carer Advisory and Counselling Service For family carer support and counselling you can contact your state or territory Carers Association on 1800 242 636*
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