The Ipswich Knights
The Ipswich Knights "Crocs'' team that beat Centenary 4-0 to win this season's City League 6 (Gold) grand final.

Beaten Ipswich coach gives lesson in referee respect

FOOTBALL: It always hurts when calls go against you at key times, especially in grand finals.

However, Ipswich Knights under-20 coach Andy Ogden has given his young team a valuable lesson in respect after his side's painful defeat on Sunday night.

The Knights had a player controversially sent off in the first half before home side Rochedale were awarded a dubious penalty.

After a scoreless first half, Rochedale seized on the extra-man advantage to beat the Knights 3-0.

While disappointed with the end result, Ogden said those decisions can go against you in football and it was important to cop them on the chin.

"I'm philosophical about most things and I look at things 99% of the time from a football perspective,'' Ogden said.

"Yes you can get emotional. Yes you can blame people but I'm not blaming the ref because he might have had a different angle. And from his angle, he sees what he sees.

"One thing I'm about is really pushing that respect side of things. You are going to get a bad call every now and again but you've got to accept it.

"Hopefully it makes you grow. As a coach, as a player, you learn to handle those things.''

Knights player Leon Nunda was playing wide left when he received a red card in the 35th minute for what Ogden thought the referee ruled as a dangerous tackle. However, the Knights coach said the replay showed otherwise.

"It happens,'' Ogden said.

"I've been in football long enough and the response was superb from the boys.''

He said his Premier League team's performance was terrific despite the setbacks.

Ogden said the Knights were evenly matched with Rochedale and comfortable playing "decent football'' in the grand final.

However, the penalty against the Knights gave Rochedale a 1-0 lead from which they were able to gain the ascendancy.

Accepting the tough calls, Ogden was heartened to see his players' enthusiasm to build on what they achieved this season inthe FQ Premier League.

"The positive for us was in the dressing room,'' Ogden said. "Yeah, we were disappointed because you like to win your finals but people are actually asking when does pre-season start.''

That is in early November.

"To me, that says we are on the right track,'' Ogden said.

"We've got some boys there who want to work hard and get better.''

As one of Ipswich's most loyal and experienced coaches, Ogden is keen to return along with Knights under-18 mentor Bob Maclot.

"Everyone is fairly enthusiastic about what we are doing,'' Ogden said.

The Ipswich Knights "Crocs'' completed their dominant City League 6 (Gold) season with a 4-0 grand final victory over Centenary at Bundamba on Saturday.

FQPL U20 grand final: Rochedale 3 def Ipswich Knights 0 at Rochedale.

City League 6 (Gold) grand final: Ipswich Knights 4 (Matt Flick 2, Ash Montgomery, Ben White) def Centenary 0 at Bundamba.



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