...with a 3rd period stoppage in play at 1:44 remaining in a series-deciding game, the referees in their infinite wisdom decide to allow the game clock to run out without restarting play. This comes after just 1 fight and 2 wrestling matches took place during the stoppage in play, the ONLY extra-curricular activities in an otherwise hard-fought game.
The referees took pains to protect the "poor little Nitro players" from the "big bad Rock" throughout the game, twice stopping play after clean/unpenalized hits to check on Nitro players who had slowly gotten up and WERE MAKING THEIR WAY OFF THE FLOOR DURING PLAY. I had to check to make sure I wasn't at a Novice House League game.
Ajax-Pickering suffered these extremely arbitrary applications of the rules in the series-deciding game after having to watch a victory in the previous game be taken away from them in regulation time by a HOMER timekeeper in Norwood turning 3 seconds left in the game into 5 or 6 with his blatant and purposeful slow reaction to the start play whistle, resulting in a game-tying goal being scored at the buzzer at the end of the 3rd period of game 3.
To the referees, Paddick and McCauley... if you are not capable of controlling an ENTIRE senior game, don't accept the game assignment...stick to calling minor games.
To the commissioner of the league...if you haven't already done so, it might make a lot of sense to either be present yourself, or designate someone who is completely neutral (retired referee?) as a supervisor of off-floor officials, at the very LEAST in the playoffs.
To Owen Sound, good luck staying interested in your 3-game sweep against your finals opponents, who embellish every hit, flop around on the floor like soccer players, turtle at any sign of a challenge, and generally conduct themselves in a gutless manner unworthy of being called a senior box lacrosse team.
To Norwood, look for a no-contact league for next season... you'll fit right in.
Posted on Aug 3, 2009, 12:59 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11