September 9, 2014: Finals fevery, but keep a lid on hot tempers

IT’S a fantastic time of year, the crops are growing, the sun is shining and its sporting finals time.

On netball courts, football ovals, hockey fields and other sporting venues across Yorke Peninsula there is a feeling of excitement in the air.

For those who are lucky enough to be playing in finals, there is the sense anything can happen and everyone is in with a chance of premiership glory.

However, along with these fantastic feelings, people can sometimes get swept up in the emotion and unsportsmanlike behaviour can rear its ugly head.

It is disappointing a few incidents of bad behaviour, from spectators and players, have been reported from around the grounds in the past couple of weeks.

Parents can be their children’s biggest fans but sometimes their passion for the game, and for their child to perform well can lead to them getting a bit carried away from the sidelines.

Sure, barrack for your child and their team, but keep it positive and never yell out abusive comments.

Also, be fair to coaches, team managers, umpires and other officials. In most cases, these people are volunteers and without them the games can’t go ahead.

As a player, you may get frustrated with an umpire’s decision, but your best option is to suck it up and get on with the game.

Umpires only call what they see and if you have ever stood in their shoes, you would know their role is extremely hard.

On the football field, there is nothing wrong with a bit of fair, physical contact but is it really necessary to call each other offensive or discriminatory names and throw punches?

On-field behaviour can have a detrimental impact on your team.

Yes, at times, finals can be frustrating and disappointing but ultimately they should be fun.

Not everybody gets the experience, so enjoy, give it your all but don’t ruin the great reputation of sport on Yorke Peninsula.

Amie Price, Editor

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