Past NRL referee to take charge
Special guest for State of Oranges clash
WHISTLEBLOWER Tim Mander will keep the boys in line for State of Oranges this weekend.
Retiring from refereeing after controlling the 2005 NRL grand final, Mander will lace up his boots one more time on Sunday.
Mander was a leading NRL referee for 20 years and officiated at two grand finals, a World Cup and Tri-Nation matches.
But the shadow of Bill Harrigan meant a State of Origin game was always just out of reach.
Now Mander has the chance to referee a mate against mate match when Gayndah and Mundubbera go head to head for the Citrus Cup.
Mayor Don Waugh said getting Mander to referee the grudge match started after chatting about footy.
“It was just a possibility. We thought ‘wouldn’t it be great if he could come and ref the game’,” CrWaugh said.
Mander is now a Queensland MP, so CrWaugh contacted his office and Mander agreed to visit Gayndah.
“His wife is coming too, they are both really excited for it,” Cr Waugh said. “Russell Kenny and the Gladiators are making sure the lights are right and the ground is properly watered.
“It’s going to be a big event.”
A barbecue lunch will be held at the Golden Orange Hotel Motel on Sunday for people to meet Mander and have an informal chat.
OFFICIAL: Former NRL referee, now politician, Tim Mander will referee the State of Oranges match this weekend.