Wellington Cowboys captain-coach Aidan Ryan has questioned why Simon Hartas, considered the premier Group 11 referee, wasn’t given Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash.
The Cowboys suffered a 46-22 loss to CYMS at No. 1 Oval but all Ryan wanted to talk about post-game was the officiating of Willy Barnes.
Ryan, sidelined by injury, claimed there was incorrect play the balls, forward passes and flops from CYMS players which weren’t called and he added his club will be sending Barnes video footage of the game in the coming days.
“I think he’d know he had a disappointing game and that ultimately cost us the game,” Ryan said.
“I still don’t understand why we didn’t have Simon Hartas. He’s the best and fairest referee that we’ve got and this is the number one game of the round and we don’t get the number one referee.
“I don’t know what’s going on.”
Hartas, who has refereed the past two Group 11 grand finals, was at Larkin Oval for the game between the Nyngan Tigers and Parkes Spacemen on Sunday.
While Wellington received more penalties than CYMS in the second half at No. 1 Oval, Ryan went as far to say his players “gave up” late in the match because of the few calls going their way.
Some intriguing round 11 results has the #Group11 ladder like this with three rounds to go:— Nick Guthrie (@Nj_Guthrie) July 15, 2018
1. Dubbo CYMS (22)
2. Wellington Cowboys (16)
3. Parkes Spacemen (14)
4. Forbes Magpies (12)
5. Nyngan Tigers (7)
6. Macquarie Raiders (7)
7. Dubbo Westside (6)
8. Narromine Jets (4)
“They get paid to do a job, we just want them to do it better,” Ryan said, going as far as saying some calls during the game were “disgraceful”.
Despite the loss, the captain-coach remained proud of his players and was pleased to have his side just one win off sealing a top three finish, something which was his goal at the start of the Group 11 season.
In terms of his own playing time, knee surgery on Thursday has ruled Ryan out for the rest of the season.