If you are a Development Referee as stated then you are correct in saying that you watch these games to learn from senior officials. Yes we had one of the most experienced refrees in Geoff Weeks on the game along with the WNBL Grand Final officials. Unfortunately, they did not have a good game and decisions were inconsistent and their combined performance as a team was below their standards.
I agree that sometimes Boti does come on a bit heavy about referees, but, on this occasion he was correct.
I also agree that the inconsistent standard of calls went both ways until the last quarter when the Dragons were on the right side of questionable decisions. The no call on the centre line was incorrect because Ingles (sorry not Holmes) touched the ball in the front court and then went into the back court and dribbled the ball before it touched the court, this constitutes control and a violation.
KingJames. Your statement:
"I think the Ingles backcourt was a correct no call as was Ng getting blocked. Ng's motion towards the basket initiated the contact. However, on the reply it does show the defender jumping towards Ng so I guess that call is questionable and I think it was the correct result with Sixers getting the ball from the side."
If the referee was in position he would have seen that Darren drove STRAIGHT to the basket, AND AS YOU SAID, the defender jumped TOWARDS Darren.
It is therefore not just questionable, it was WRONG. Sure the 36esr got the ball back but Darren (or his substitute) should have been on the foul line.
As I stated earlier I would be interested in the Referee Evaluator's comments (but we never will)
as to the standard of the officiating on this game.
Last point - coaches do not affect experienced referees. If the coaches go too far then experienced/good referees deal with the matter. IMO the top flight referees don't take that much notice of the coaches or the crowd.