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May 21 - 27, 2010
1. Which team is currently on
the bottom of the NRL ladder?
2. What is the Giro d'Italia?
3. Who coaches the Adelaide
4. From which country did
the team that knocked
Adelaide United out of the
Asian Champions League
5. Who won the Monaco
Formula One grand prix?
6. Who kicked his 600th AFL
goal last weekend?
7. What colour are the behind
posts at Glenelg Oval?
8. Who did Chelsea beat in
the FA Cup final?
9. Which Australian won
the US PGA Tour event last
weekend in Texas?
10. Who leads the head-to-
head count in tennis matches
between Roger Federer and
11. Who won the women's
Twenty 20 World Cup final in
12. What nationality is
Superbike rider Carlos Checa?
13. Which team has won La
Liga for the fifth time in seven
14. Which AFL player was last
week suspended by three
games by his club for running
a key down the side of his ex-
15. Over what distance did
American Tyson Gay last week
break a 44-year-old world mark
for sprinting on a straight
16. Who top-scored for
England in their World Twenty
20 final win against Australia?
17. Which country will host
soccer's 2014 World Cup?
18. Name cricket's four Waugh
19. In the video clip of
Sherbet's 1976 number one
hit Howzat, bass guitarist
Tony Mitchell wore a jacket
supporting which English
soccer team that was this
season relegated to League
20. What famous sporting
term was coined in 1858
after the efforts of HH
0-10 Sporting dunce.
11-20 Need more work.
21-30 Strong showing.
31-40 Bright spark.
41-45 Borderline genius.
46+ Sporting guru!
HOME DELIVERY 8224 1600
ONE-POINTERS: 1 - Melbourne
Storm. 2 - The Tour of Italy.
3 - Jane Woodlands-Thompson.
4 - South Korea. 5 - Mark
6 - Brendan Fevola. 7 - White.
8 - Por tsmouth. 9 - Adam
Scott. 10 - Nadal 14-7. THREE-
POINTERS: 11 - Australia.
12 - Spanish. 13 - Barcelona.
14 - Collingwood's Simon
Buckley. 15 - 200 metres.
FOUR-POINTERS: 16 - Craig
Kieswetter, 17 - Brazil. 18 -
Steve, Mark, Dean and Danny.
19 - Sheffield Wednesday.
FIVE-POINTER: 20 - A hat-trick.
The standard of umpiring is forever
in the spotlight. Each season has
its issues with umpiring standards
and 2010 is no different.
A number of games this season have
had free flowing, attacking football,
where the play moves quickly without
interruption. Some games, however,
seem to have been stop-start, with a
high number of free kicks frustrating
The Woodville/West Torrens v North
Adelaide match at Woodville in round
seven had 65 free kicks, while the round
one West v North match had the whistle
blown 60 times for infringements.
The man at the centre of the umpir-
ing fraternity, state umpiring manager
Shane Harris, sees all league matches
in a season, whether live or via DVD
and carefully assesses all umpiring
performances. At the start of the
season, all clubs were advised of the
interpretations for 2010, particularly
with regard to the holding the ball rule.
"The thing we are trying to avoid is
the contest situation where the player
simply holds it in and scoops it under,"
"If they simply sit on it, then it will,
rightly, be called a free, and all clubs are
aware of this".
When looking at specific instances
of high free kick counts (eg. the W/
WT v North game), Harris points to
circumstances in the match.
"The Eagles/North game was one of
the tougher matches to umpire, with
there being a lot of feeling throughout
the game," (three players were reported
in this match).
"The umpires involved did a very
good job of maintaining control of a
situation that could easily have gotten
right out of hand. If the frees hadn t
been paid at times, then the game could
easily have degenerated badly."
Over the last few seasons the SANFL
umpiring fraternity has lost a lot of
experience. Golden Whistle winners
Tim Pfeiffer and Derek Woodcock
have retired and this has brought
about the introduction of some young
talent. Curtis Deboy, Craig Cook, Leigh
Haussen and Craig Fleer are among
a host of emerging umpires that are
making their mark on senior ranks
but thoughts that they have been fast
tracked too early don t wash with
"We lost a lot of experience in a short
time with some of these retirements
and bear in mind that older guys like
Richard Williams and Colin Rowston
are in the latter half of their careers
also, so we need to give the younger
lads the chance after they have done
extensive apprenticeships in the lower
"We ensure that their performance
is closely monitored with weekly
feedback on their last match, and they
have a lot of resources open to them if
their performance does start to drop.
"Many of these younger guys are
building to be very good umpires, and
are very astute with how they read the
play, their positioning and their ability
to adapt to differing situations."
The one thing the umpires have
always struggled with is recruiting
former players to their ranks, but it s
not for want of trying.
"We have spoken to a number of
former players about this, but simply,
after many years of full-on football --
training, living and breathing it every
day -- they don t want to turn around
and do it all again.
"Even in AFL ranks, it s fairly
uncommon; although former Carlton
player Jordan Bannister is in training
at the moment to make the switch.
In athletic circles, we do find that we
can recruit some boundary umpires,
provided there is mutual flexibility
from both sporting bodies toward the
"We would love more younger
footballers who don t quite make the
grade to have a go at it though, bearing
in mind that Richard Williams played
at West Adelaide in the under 19 s, so
there is certainly plenty of time on
their side to have a go."
When asked how happy he was with
2010 so far, Harris is frank.
"It s about 6.5 to 7 out of 10 right now.
There are generally fiercer contests in
the SANFL than AFL and we generally
pick up most of the infringements.
"There are certainly days we d like
to pick up more of them, and we always
continue to work hard on that to ensure
we are keeping control of the game
without losing that ability to keep
State of play
State umpiring manager Shane Harris says SANFL umpires have done a good job in
controlling some spiteful matches.
Photo: Kate Elmes
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