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LEGENDARY State of Origin rugby league referee Barry Gomersall died today after a long battle with cancer, aged 61.REF BLOWS FULL - TIME ON GOMERSALL ICONIC State of Origin referee Barry Gomersall has passed away this morning in Sarina, Queensland aged 61.

An Origin referee on nine occasions, Gomersall also officiated in six rugby league Tests and the 1985 World Cup.

Australian Rugby League Referees’ Association chairman and long-time friend Nick Euclid today described him as “the best referee to ever come from Queensland”.. Learn More
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Refereeing is a fun, exciting, non-contact way to be involved with Rugby League.

Why you should consider becoming a referee:
* Refereeing will help you stay fit.
* Refereeing is fun and exciting.
* You will meet new and interesting people and potentially make new friends for life.
* You get the best viewpoint on any Rugby League game in the middle
* You can learn skills and techniques by watching other players in action up close.
* It allows you to be involved in Rugby League in a non-contact way.
* You can earn pocket money by refereeing.
* Refereeing can become a full time career. Top referees earn up to $120,000 per year in the National Rugby League.

Country Rugby League is looking for males and females who are 14 years or older to become involved refereeing.

If you are interested in becoming a referee, contact or
Young Canowindra referee Nick Whatman.YOUNG WHISTLE BLOWER RELISHES THE ROLE
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Refereeing rugby league is a tough business.

We often hear the call ‘who’d want to be a ref’.

However Canowindra local, and Cowra Magpies player Nick Whatman says being a referee has taught him more about himself and those around him.

“We’re finding it hard to get refs out here, probably because everyone knows how much pressure you’re put under, but it helps you as a person I think,” Whatman said.

“I’ve gained confidence in life in general, just talking to people, and

developing the people skills that I wouldn’t have got if I wasn’t a referee.

“A healthy lifestyle also comes with being a referee. It’s good fitness and I’m having fun doing it.”

Whatman decided he wanted to be a referee five years ago, so he could better understand the rules of the game.

Whatman said that after a nervous start, he has relished the role of controlling games and encourages young kids who have a passion for rugby league to give it a try.

“It’s hard to start off with, but you slowly gain the belief in yourself and it’s really enjoyable now,” Whatman said.

“If you’re a player it also helps because it’s made me understand how the refs interpret the rules of the game.”

Confidence is what being a referee is all about, and Whatman says its taken him a while to gain enough confidence to make the big decisions, and surprisingly the players have been receptive to his calls on the field.

“The players I’ve refereed so far have been really good to me, the main problem you have to overcome is the scrutiny from spectators, but it’s never fazed me,” Whatman said.

“Confidence is the main thing you need to gain in order to become a good ref. Not long ago I had to send five players from the field due to fighting—it’s probably taken me four or five years to get my confidence high enough to do that, so it’s good.”

Whatman will be taking his next big step in June when he referees the Country Rugby League Championships, and one day hopes to control games of the highest level.

“One day I’d like to referee at the NRL level, and I’m working real hard right now to improve my mental preparation before games,” Whatman said.

“I just got to work on my positional play a bit more—being in the right positions so I can see what’s going on is essential, and that just comes with match practice.”

If you are interested in becoming a referee, call referees co-ordinator, David Tidswell on 0439083108 for more information.

If you live in Sydney and you would like to become a referee, please comtacy Doug Keen at the NSWRL

The NSW Rugby League would like to extend an open invitation to anyone interested in completing a Level One (Preliminary) Referees Course.

The course will be held at Sports House, Homebush on Tuesday the 14th of July and will run from 9am-4pm.

The course costs $20 and includes refreshments on the day.

Sports House Homebush is located at 6 Figtree Dr, Homebush Bay.

For further information regarding this course or future courses please call NSWRL Referee Development Officer Doug Keen on 0409 031 711.
Souths Junior Ref awards a try while in control of a local game of footy (Photo : ssdjrlra)
Souths Junior Ref awards a try while in control of a local game of footy (Photo : ssdjrlra)

South Sydney Referees are always on the lookout for people interested in training to become a referee.

You need to be aged 14 years and older as of July 2009, male or female, have played or have never played, we’ll provide you with all the training to get you on the field this season.

Training is conducted in accordance with the ARL’s National Refereeing Accreditation Scheme.

Beginning referees will be provided with a workbook along with the laws for International and Modified games.

Having studied these, candidates will complete their Level 1 Referees Course over 2 weekend days and one weekday night.

Candidates will then begin refereeing under the watchful eye of an experienced mentor, who will provide them with feedback and suggest areas for further development.

After having had a number of written assessments on your refereeing ability, you will be awarded a Level 1 Referees Accreditation.


CONTACT TODAY: If you wish to become a referee with Souths please visit for more info!
Referee Ashley Dyball meets former Parramatta and Australian halfback Peter SterlingYOUNG REF LEARN HIS TRADE

16-year-old Albany Creek Club Referee Ashley Dyball meets former Parramatta and Australian halfback Peter Sterling in the commentary box at the Sydney Football Stadium on Friday, 11 July. Dyball was flown to Sydney as part of his school work experience, spending a week with over a dozen NRL referees.
Alex Holmes win Barry Gomersal Medal
Alex Holmes win Barry Gomersal Medal
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THE recipient of the 2008 Barry Gomersall Award is Alex Holmes from the Sunshine Coast/Gympie Referees’ Association.

Alex was declared the winner of this award by the QRL Referees Board at its September meeting after the Board considered nominations from each Division in Queensland.

The award is in honour of former legendary referee Barry Gomersall and is issued to an up and coming referee. Referees in the Queensland Cup, FOGS Cup and Colts competitions were ineligible.

Alex, 17, commenced his refereeing career in 2006 on the Sunshine Coast and won the Jarrod Casey Memorial Award that year as the junior referee most likely to succeed in a refereeing career.

In his second year of refereeing in 2007, Alex was voted the Junior Referee of the Year in the Sunshine Coast/Gympie league from over 100 other referees.

He attended the Under 13/14 State Schoolboys Carnival this year at Cairns and the State Under 15 Carnival at Redcliffe.

In the Sunshine Coast league competition, Alex referees up to and including Under 18 games and touch judges at A grade level. This season he even refereed a Reserve Grade game in Bundaberg on interchange.

To assist his development Alex joined the QRL Referees’ Academy squad and receives appointments in Colts and FOGS competitions as a touch judge. The knowledge he has learnt there combined with that provided to him at Carnivals and at his local Association is playing a big part in ensuring Alex has a great future in refereeing.

On the personal level, Alex is currently nearing completion of Year 12 at school. He has a part time job in the hospitality industry and would like to do a hospitality management course next year.
Tony De Las Haras and Brett Suttor pictured with Ditto the Bravehearts Lion and Blacktown South Public School students
Tony De Las Haras and Brett Suttor pictured with Ditto the Bravehearts Lion and Blacktown South Public School students (from left) Parnika Sharma, Emily Jakimovski, Matthew Campbell and Scott Campbell. Picture by Wesley Lonergan.
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Communicating effectively with players and fans is just one of the challenges of being a National Rugby League referee.

However the whistleblowers had more to talk about than controversial penalties when they visited Blacktown South Public School last week.

The NRL officials traded the footy field for the classroom to participate in a Bravehearts education program.

Bravehearts is an advocacy group that strives to protect children from sexual assault.

Among the participants was rookie first grade referee and Seven Hills resident, Bernard Sutton.

"The NRL referees squad adopted Bravehearts as our official charity for this season. But we wanted to do more than just wear their logo on our jerseys,'' Mr Sutton said.

"Visiting schools is one way of showing our commitment to the cause and changing people's perception of referees generally.

"A lot of our officials have young families so child protection is an issue that we all feel strongly about.''

Bravehearts executive director Hetty Johnson is delighted referees are taking an active role in protecting the next generation.

"Rugby league plays a big part in the lives of thousands of Australian families and the referees are a critical component,'' Mrs Johnson said.

"Home, school and sport provide the three main opportunities to influence and mentor children around their rights, their responsibilities and their personal safety.''

For further information visit
Jarrod Maxwell & the boyz checkin out the Sharks SG BAll trail against the Raiders earlier this year (Photo : ourfooty media)
Jarrod Maxwell & the boyz checkin out the Sharks SG Ball trial against the Raiders earlier this year at Gymea HS (Photo : ourfooty media)
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FROM controlling a game in front of a dozen people 14 years ago to the City-Country Origin match last Friday, Sutherland Shire NRL referee Jared Maxwell certainly has enjoyed a meteoric rise.

Maxwell began his rugby league referee journey as a raw 18-year-old controlling an under-6 match in the Cronulla-Sutherland district competition.

It wasn't until Maxwell controlled a Cronulla A-grade grand final that he thought he could make a career out of it.

``The first representative match is the most important,'' he said of Friday's enjoyable match at WIN Stadium.

``With limited issues coming out of the game, you try and move forward from that. I was stoked in getting the game and it was quite successful, so fingers crossed.''

Maxwell only made his NRL debut in 2006 and he controlled the Premier League grand final last year.

The Wollongong game finished with scores level at full-time and players were confused on whether or not the golden point rule would take place.

``We were made aware of [no golden-point] well before kick off,'' Maxwell said. ``A few of the players had no idea, so there was half a dozen questions asked.

``I find these games a little easier to referee, with 26 quality players together and everyone raises a gear.

``Towards the end the game got quicker, whereas in a normal competition game it starts off quickly and then slows up.''

A full-time referee, Maxwell still gets back to the shire to mentor young referees who aspire to follow in his footsteps.

``All my referring from day dot started at Cronulla,'' Maxwell said.

``[Being a mentor] is something I want to do. I've gone through the system and it proves it can work and district football is where you learn it all.

``It's great to see kids go up a grade and I guess it's just like a league coach when their players make into a first grade team. It's very satisfying.''

MATT Cooper's return is the only change to last-start winners, St George Illawarra, for the game against Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

Coach Nathan Brown will also be hoping Mark Gasnier (Australia) and Jason Nightingale (New Zealand) pull up fit after the Centenary Test tomorrow night. Brown wants his team to ``build'' on their Anzac Day win over the Roosters, after enjoying the bye weekend.


ROB Alexander has more than 20 years refereeing experience at the elite level of rugby league, and he is keen to share his knowledge with the local whistle blowers.

"I heard on the grapevine the Bundaberg Rugby League Referees' Association (BRLRA) is on a mission to build up their stocks so I thought I could lend a hand," Alexander said.

"Refereeing the game has given me a lot over the years and I'm keen to give back to the sport."

The 42-year-old assistant principal at Shalom College had an outstanding career which started as a 14-year-old.

"Dad was a referee and I was a player come ball boy at the time and I was enlisted to help.

"In the end I became quite good at it.

"I was the man in the middle in the 2000 Queensland Rugby League Cup grand final and again in 2005.

"I also refereed more than 20 first-grade games between 1995-97 back in the Australian Rugby League competition before the NRL started."

All sports find it difficult to attract and retain people prepared to get involved in officialdom, and rugby league is not immune to the challenge.

Alexander believes there are strong cultural reasons as to why sports struggle.

"Often referees are after thoughts, players and coaches are considered, but rarely are referees," he said.

"As a result we are not respected and people don't take us seriously.

"It's important to instil in young players that referees are important and they need to be respected."

New BRLRA president Brendan Forbes is over the moon Alexander has offered his services.

"He's officiated at the highest level and it will be great to have his mentorship," Forbes said.

"His professionalism and ability to critique us at training and after games will be invaluable."

The seminar was very succesful the squad got together late Saturday aftenoon for a rules exam, then dinner and a Rugby League Trivia night, the squad has been put into 4 colored teams for the rest of the season with team leaders and the bonding in the groups was very strong. Team red won the trivia night.

Sunday morning started off with NSWRL Coach Russell Smith and Peter Filmer speaking to the Match Day Assessors re season 2008 and then to the referees themselves about how the system will work in new season.

Then discussion re diets and training for the year with Ben followed by David Jay and "Who Said I Can't", administration matters by Mark Lilley from NSWRL before Lunch Head Coach Q and A's and gear distribution.

Th Junior rep comp starts in earnest from February 16.
Doug Keen refereeing the opens at this years CCC Trials (Photo : ourfooty media)
Doug Keen refereeing the opens at this years CCC Trials (Photo : ourfooty media)

Congratulations to Adam Williams (Coffs Harbour) and Sam Chalmers (Balmain) on receiving their awards from the NSWRL as "Young Achievers for season 2007".

The award is a new initiative supported by NSWRL General Manager Mr. Geoff Carr.
Adam’s achievements included: (Country Rookie Ref of the Year)

NRL Talented Referees camp, Rookie referee at Orara Valley 7's, touch judge Japan v Malta, refereed Under 18's, Group 2 v Group 3 referee under 18's, 13 and 14 games Northern Country Championships, CRL U18's North Coast v Northern Rivers touch judge, U16's referee CRL final Group 1 v Group 18, Under 15's state final CRL Group 1 v Group 9, PSSA National Primary Schools Championships SA v WA.

Sam's Highlights included: (Metro Rookie Ref of the Year)

Becoming level 2 referee, youngest member of NSWRLRA junior rep squad, Centre and referee Arrive Alive 7's, Touch Judge Royal Navy (UK) v Renown United, refereed the final of the State Primary School Championships, refereed at Balmain Secondary Championships for high schools, Under 13 Development squads Balmain v Souths, Touch Judge at NSWRL All schools carnival for U15 with rugby league programs, referee 3rd v 4th at National Primary School championships, Under 11 Div 1 Grand Final Balmain Junior League, ref for Under 21's Challenge Balmain v Souths, refereed the final of Coca Cola Cup for Under 13's Sydney Championships.

Both referees have exciting futures and we wish them all the best and thanks to the NSWRL for supporting the awards.

Doug Keen, Referees Development Officer (Learn More about becoming a rugby league referee)
Nick Euclid OAM, 75, was the Chairman of the QRL Referees’ Board from its inception until his death today at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital.QUEENSLAND REFEREES LOSE THEIR 'CHIEF'

THE QUEENSLAND Rugby League and the refereeing community at large are greatly saddened to learn the passing of one of the game’s most influential officials.

Nick Euclid OAM, 75, was the Chairman of the QRL Referees’ Board from its inception until his death today at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital.

Euclid, who was also the Australian Rugby League Referees’ Association Chairman until last month, passed away unexpectedly after a short illness.

A hugely popular member in the QRL office, Euclid was a father figure to many of the State’s great rugby league referees, including Referees’ Academy Manager Eddie Ward and the recently deceased Barry ‘Grasshopper’ Gomersall.

Euclid famously handed Gomersall his first ever whistle after being injured during a Foley Shield match in Townsville. Gomersall, who had been touch judge on the day, kept the whistle as a lucky charm until his passing in February.

Euclid was for many years charged with nominating and appointing Queensland-based referees to State of Origin fixtures and also to the Queensland Wizard Cup and State League competitions.

From Ingham in North Queensland, he was referee in two international matches and was considered the leading referee in the region for a substantial period.

A rugby league player in his youth, he also tried his hand at coaching, guiding the likes of Australian Test representative Greg Dowling.

Dowling credited Euclid as being instrumental in diverting him from a life of trouble to that of a dedicated athlete.

In many of the years that Euclid occupied his Board positions with the ARL and QRL Referees, he did so in an honorary capacity, not receiving remuneration.

Up until his illness he visited QRL headquarters at least twice a week and flew across the State encouraging developing referees.

Known fondly as ‘The Greek’, Euclid was a genuine character of the game; his colourful language, love of a joke and strong support of referees and rugby league in general winning him friends from across the country.

He had been visited only a day before his death by QRL staff, described as in good spirits and defiant until the end.
Become a NSWRL Referee!
Friday, 22nd June 2007 What puts you right in the middle of the action week in week out, makes you an integral part of any game, keeps you fit and helps you make new friends in the process? Becoming a Rugby League referee, of course!

Budding referees will have yet another chance to begin the exciting road to becoming ‘the man in the middle’ in the coming weeks when the NSW Rugby League conducts a Preliminary Level 1 Referees course on Thursday, 12 July at Leichhardt Oval.

Running from 9am to 4pm, the course is $17 and can be entered through your local referees association, or by contacting the NSWRL Referees Development staff in Tony Danks and Doug Keen on (02) 9232 7566.

The event comes on the back of outstanding success in referee recruitment within the Sydneyarea this year, with 210 referees now signed up throughout the various local referees association.

The courses are specifically structured to ensure a smooth and enjoyable introduction to the world of Rugby League officiating, where completion of the Prelim Level 1 course allows progression into various other more intensive training programs which could eventually lead you to become a top flight NRL referee!

WHAT: NSWRL Preliminary Level 1 Referees course
WHEN: Thursday 12 July, 2007, 9am till 4pm
WHERE: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney.
COST: $17 per person (all ages welcome)
12th July at Concord Oval
There is a big day on May 26th at Penrith Junior League promoting new
system for young refs in first year.

Backed by Sport and Rec it will be a great day, refs wearing yellow vests , the slogan is
"Don't see red as I am wearing yellow"

Further info soon!

In a first for Rugby League, the NSWRL has implemented a NSW Sport and Recreation initiative aimed at protecting young referees from abusive sideline behaviour.

The “Don’t see red on wearing yellow” program sees young referees in Rugby League take charge of their first matches wearing a bright yellow vest with an oversized ‘IN TRAINING’ on the back.

The yellow vest program kicked off last week at Penrith Junior League matches. It aims to draw attention, in particular from over-enthusiastic and sometimes abusive parents, to the fact that the young referees are still learning and deserve support and encouragement.

“The yellow vest program is hugely beneficial for young referees and we’re proud to introduce it to Rugby League for the first time,” NSWRL General Manager Geoff Carr said today.

“The vests are accompanied by signage around junior grounds that explains that these young referees are doing their best and should be given a chance to develop their skills without harassment or abuse.

“The program is very important as it tackles head-on the issue of abusive parents and spectators, who unfairly target young officials rather than give them constructive feedback and support.”

NSWRL Referees Development Manager Tony Danks said the yellow vest program would be ‘test run’ in the Penrith Junior League before extending to other junior leagues.

“Penrith is the largest Junior League and an ideal area to trial the program, and we’ve had terrific support from their referees association and the Penrith Junior League itself,” Danks said.

“The yellow vest program has showed immense promise on its first implementation last week and we’re aiming to have it integrated into all of our referees associations in the near future.”

QUEENSLAND'S top referees are now paid handsomely on top of normal wages, undergo high performance fitness conditioning and have the chance to progress to the NRL and representative levels. Think you're up to the challenge? Don't sit on the sideline and complain...join up now.

As a way of introduction, the Brisbane Rugby League Referee's Association will be holding a referee's course for people interested in refereeing games from under 13s upwards.

A 36-YEAR rugby league tradition continues next week when the Zone 5 Under 10 years (35kg) Junior Rugby League Carnival kicks off at the Charleville Showgrounds.Recruitment & Development Manager (South East Qld and South West)
Paul Oliver – 0419 727 128

Recruitment & Development Manager (Wide Bay and Central Qld)
Richard Johnston – 0413 314 980

Recruitment & Development Manager (Northern QLD)
David Isaacs - 0448 631 643

The session will be held at O'Grady Park, Brougham Street, Fairfield on Saturday 5th May, 2007 commencing at 08:30am.

Persons 17 years and older may attend the course. Female participation is encouraged.

This course also allows Modified Game Referees to upgrade to the International Laws Game.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided. The cost for the course is $40 payable on the day.

To register please contact Peter McPhee at with your name and contact telephone number. You can also telephone Peter on 0428283550 to obtain further information.

Fitness programs are available to suit a variety of levels and referees are reimbursed for their time right down to junior matches.

It's a great way to stay involved and assist the game of Rugby League, stay fit and earn some extra "pocket money".

For further information on becoming a referee outside of Brisbane, please direct queries to the appropriate person below:

MONDAY 08 th May '07

Hey! Thanks to everyone who came to the Ref's course on April 19 at Penrith.

We now have 13 new Ref's


Do you want to be right in the action in every game?

If you do, come to the NSWRL Referee's course this school holidays on Thursday 19th April.

CUA Stadium, Penrith

NSWRL Development Officer Sydney Metro Area Doug Keen says "this is a great opportunity for young boys and girls aged between 14 to 17 to become a NSWRL Match Referee."

The Penrith Junior Rugby League is the worlds largest Junior League with 500 teams competing weekly.

That's a lot of games to referee each week, therefore lots of oppotunities too for new ref's to referee junior games each week, that's just in the Penrith District Juniors.

"We need a lot more referee's in Penrith, but also other Sydney Junior Leagues are recruiting too."

With Rugby League growing so fast, the opportunities for kids to turn their Refereeing into a full time professional careers are enormous.

So this looks like a fun afternoon out at Penrith Stadium on Thursday 19th April between 12:30 - 5:30pm.

For more information visit the NSWRL Ref's website HERE or contact NSWRL Development Officer Sydney Metro Area Doug Keen on 0409 031 711

NSWRL Referees HolidayCourse

Date: Thursday, 19th April 2007

Venue: CUA Stadium, Penrith

Time: 12.30-5pm

Cost: $10

On completion of this course you will gain Accreditation to join your local Referee's Association and then you can referee junior rugby league games in your local Junior League.

Topics covered include Role of the Referee, The Laws of the Game, Signals and Whistle, Practical Refereeing, Pre and Post Match Considerations, Safe Play Code.

Any one is Sydney can come along, so C'mon, give it a go, you could be a highly paid NRL Referee in a few years.

The Registration fee has been reduced to only $10.
( This is the course cost to the ARLRA.)

This year there will be 2 JUNIOR NSWRL/CRL ROOKIE REFEREE of the YEAR prizes, one for the City Rookie Ref & another one for the Country Rookie Ref.

These two Encouragement Awards of a great little trophy and an 'APPLE I-POD' (2g) will be awarded to each Rookie Referee of the year by their Referee's Association. is Proud to be the Major Sponsor of the
Cronulla referee'sREFEREES NEEDED
The Cronulla Sutherland Referees Association are seeking new members both new and experienced.

With the games about to begin for the 2007 it is time to seek support for those who support the game.

The Referees Association is an integral component of the game, and if you have ever thought about taking up this past time, you may wish to put something back, or have a referees qualification and would like to join an association where you are welcomed, valued and repected, NOW is the time to act. You can keep fit, make new friends and even earn some pocket money for giving up your time on the weekends!

For all the details on how to get involved, please contact the Referees Secretary

Jim Harding on 0431 954 137

 Rockhampton referees Houshyar Fallah (left) and Jason McManus will line up for the Central Comets’ first 2007 home game.REF AIMS TO SECURE SPOT

ROCKHAMPTON rugby league referee Houshyar Fallah knows first-hand the pressure of putting in a top performance.

Fallah, who is part of the Queensland Wizard Cup referee squad, will be looking to secure his spot as a touch judge in the State league competition this season, starting with the Central Comets’ first home game this weekend.

“I’m hoping to touch judge all the Comets’ home games this season,” he said. For more information, read today's Morning Bulletin.

The ARL on the 28th February 2007 made a decision to change mini/mod games to 4 point tries only.

The need to still pass the ball the required number of times to keep possession will still apply.

So dummy half runners not scoring will still be a change over it tackled. This decision could be trailed for 12 months to see how it develops.

The overall thinking was that is should assist the referees and the confusion the 3 and 5 point tries have caused in some games. The QRL and CRL had 4 point tries in season 2006 and from all reports was very successful.
The members of the Premier Squad of the NSWRLRA have decided to give their "Referees Referee" as voted on by the peers for their referee of the year, to be named after Mick Stone.
FIVE NEW GRADED MEMBERS TO NSWRLRA Congratulations to Danielle Berry (North's TJ) Grant Atkins (Penrith Ref) Adam Gee (Canterbury Ref) Jason Higgins (Souths TJ) Chris Sutton (Parramatta Ref)on becoming graded members in the NSWRLRA.
The ARL at its last meeting made some changes to the mini mod try's which in season 2007 will be worth 4 points
WOMEN REFEREES ON THE RISE With 14 referees associations affiliated with the NSWRL Referees Association, female referees are growing in number. Covering Sydney Metro, Canberra, Central Coast, Newcastle and the Illawarra there are 40 referees plying their trade every weekend.

FOOTBALL Mackay is starting off its new season with a strong increase in the number of people in control — its referees.

A group of 22 new referees were put through a seminar at Barbour Park on Saturday by chairman of the Queensland Referees Committee, Barry Such, of Rockhampton.

"It's a very good thing for soccer to have all these new referees coming through," Mackay referees representative Steve Caruana said yesterday.

"Most of them were juniors but that’s good for the sport because at least some of them will continue through into the senior ranks."

Caruana said strong support from the clubs resulted in a good turn-out for the seminar, which also addressed several changes to the rules.. Learn More
This is Faye, from the Cronulla Refs Assoc having a joke with the Illawarra SHS boys. The young ref's did a great job all day (photo : ourfooty media)FEMALE REFS IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

11/02 MELISSA Yates and Danielle Berry are aiming to create history by becoming the first women to officiate in the National Rugby League.

Yates has already refereed at Premier League level and has set her sights on making the step up to first grade, while touch judge Berry is hoping to do likewise by earning one of the six available spots in the league's development squad for officials.

No woman has officiated a top-flight rugby league match in the game's 99-year history, but NRL referees boss Robert Finch said that may soon change.

"If they're good enough, why not," Finch said. That was welcome news to Berry, who hopes to become the first woman to do so.

"That would be great. A few people from my association have said, 'You could be the first one'," Berry said.

"I want to do it as soon as I can so I'll train as hard as possible and see how I go." Yates also has her sights set on the NRL, but believes her best chance of making the top grade is as a sideline official rather than a referee.

The 27-year-old doubted league officials were ready to allow a woman to control a first-grade match.

"I'd love to," she said, "but realistically it's never going to happen for females. This year I'm concentrating mainly on refereeing in Premier League, getting a few games there, and hopefully become a sideline official in the NRL.. Learn More
St George District Rugby League Referees Association Inc.WANNA BE A REF?
St George Referees Association referee Rugby League throughout the St George District. Elite players such as Reg and Mark Gasnier, Wes Naqaima and Lance Thompson, just to name a few, all developed their skills playing in St George.

St George Referees are currently looking for referees to referee in the coming season. It is a great way to keep fit, make new friends, and earn a bit of extra pocket money. We offer a qualified coach, and your games which you referee will be regularly assessed.

If you would like to become a referee, or would like more information, please phone association secretary Rocky Musolino on 0411127401.Learn More
TOP REF'S @ NRL Rookie Camp Ref's (Photo : ourfooty media)TOP ROOKIE REF'S AT NRL ROOKIE CAMP

30/01 THIS is the 3rd year the NRL has staged the NRL ROOKIE CAMP and this year is incorporating all aspects of the game Rugby League.

FOUR of Australia's Top junior Referee's (pictured left) are also a part of the 2007 NRL Rookie Camp.

Referee's are in the spotlight in all games, it's a tough, rewarding career being a Rugby League Referee.

We have all occasionally heard people yelling at the referee, whether it's watching the local under 9's running around the paddock or a top notch NRL Grand Final.

Rugby League Referee's also experience the highs and lows through out their careers too.

These bright young men can now learn some way to learn to be comfortable in the different situations they will find them selves in. This is a fantastic initiative shown by the NRL, because love 'em or hate 'em, ref's are here to stay and they have a vital part to play in the greatest game of all.

Referee's - It's all about Advantage this year


High tackles are out all together, they don't want the kids emulating what they see on the TV. They want a fun atmosphere and to let the game flow, whilst enforcing the rules of the game.
Asking coaches to ensure coaching staff and parents don't react to decisions they are not happy with and to revert their questioning to the club or ground official on the day.

The refs are going to focus on 3 major areas this year:

10 metre rule
Any shots to the head
The play the ball, ruck area
10 metre rule
The refs understand they can't get every player back every tackle so they will ensure the game flows and will clearly call out to players informing them to stay out of the play as they are offside. If the player gets involved in the play the ref will have no choice but to penalise the offending player. Continual offenders will be sin binned for not allowing the game to flow.
High Shots
Any tackle that makes contact with the head, whether it be with intent or even if it bounces up off the ball or chest will not be tolerated. Nothing accepted above the shoulder.
Ruck Area
Tacklers handling the ball or trying to get the attacker to drop the ball will be penalised. Interference in the play the ball will be penalised.
Marker defense is an area they want rectified, they will penalise players for not marking straight behind the front marker, they will warn the second marker to stay out of the play if he is more than 1 metre behind the marker in front of him.
A player must get to his feet prior to placing the ball on the ground to play it, some players use the ball placed on the ground in order to play the ball fast and to only stand halfway up, rather than getting to their feet fully.

Protocol for Touch Judges
The touches have been told to allow the advantage rule when teams are attacking in the opponents20 metre area. This has never been policed before so this will be good.

Coaches or managers can not address the Referee's on the day to identify any issues or rulings not fully understood. They may approach the Ground Manager who will make first contact and escort the coach to the Senior Referee on the day but this must be done in a calm manner.

Lastly as coaches we have been asked to ensure our runners are aware of when they can be on the field and to support the refs in their decision making.

We will be meeting with the refs again halfway through the season to discuss our progress and satisfaction levels with the job being done.

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