Not having a Manly match to attend this weekend forced me to watch some of the unimportant teams play. It gave me an unbiased look at the performance of referees. I'm of the firm opinion that referees have become whistle-happy. There are far too many insipid penalties given. Either Tom Waterhouse has nobbled them, or our current batch of refs are simply unable to let a game flow. They are impeding the game rather than 'having a feel for the game'. As a result, the style of football being played is boring, with penalties becoming increasinly important to a team's success. I wonder if the refs will allow more leeway in the SOO? I hope so.