BARRIE Smith has been involved in Group Three Rugby League administration for the past 29 years.
He is currently the secretary and has previously held the posts of treasurer and president.
However, incidents both on and off the field at last Sunday's grand final at Wauchope have him questioning why he stays involved.
Mr Smith is laying most the blame on the problems with the Old Bar club, claiming the Pirates lack discipline. He has watched a DVD of the match three times since Sunday.
"The penalties on Sunday went to Wauchope 17-4,'' he revealed.
"The count was 10-4 at halftime, so Old Bar didn't get a penalty in the second half.''
Mr Smith said during the match Old Bar had two players sent off and in all five in the sin bin.
"Eleven of the penalties were for infringements around the ruck,'' he said.
He concedes that Old Bar should have received more penalties in the second half. However, he added that Old Bar contributed to their problems with ill-discipline.
"I don't include either Steve Sansom or Josh Pearsall in this they both did their best to do the right thing,'' he added.
"But their team-mates didn't, in my opinion.
"(Old Bar coach) Jason Morrissey said in Wednesday's Times that the referee wrecked the game. I don't think the referee wrecked it it was the ill-discipline of the Old Bar team that did.''
Mr Smith revealed that of the 42 players sent off this year, 11 have been from the Old Bar club.
"That's 26 per cent the most in the group,'' he said.
"Old Bar had two players sent off in the grand final and one in the final.
"Mick Henry was one of the players sent off in the grand final. Last year he was the Group Three representative halfback and a leading contender for our player of the year. On Sunday he was sent off for head butting for which he has pleaded guilty. Earlier he was sin binned for a cannonball tackle. He was also reported for a squirrel grip on Wauchope's captain-coach Robbie Trembath.
"Robbie didn't want to carry on with the matter he reported it to get it out of the game.
"Mick Henry is a talented player and I don't know why he's going down this path.''
Mr Smith said there is 'constant innuendo and comments' from the Old Bar bench during games. He compared this to Wauchope, where the bench is controlled by Robbie Trembath's father, Mick who he said won't tolerate any illegalities or comments.
"He says that if players put their hands up, they'll be sitting with him on the bench.''
He said unrest in the crowd during the grand final that resulted in the game being halted when cans were thrown on the field was the fault of the Old Bar section sitting in the north-east corner. Police, ground managers and security staff eventually restored order. Mr Smith said he has been contacted by a spectator who once lived at Old Bar and who was hit in the head by a full can of alcohol.
"The spectator will never go to a game involving Old Bar again,'' he said.
Mr Smith added that he has been contacted by members of the Group Three Referees' Association who have expressed concerns about their safety when controlling games at Old Bar.
He said he is still disillusioned about Sunday's problems, wondering if it's worthwhile continuing in administration.