Past NRL ref­eree to take charge

Spe­cial guest for State of Or­anges clash

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JA­SON DOUGHERTY

OF­FI­CIAL: For­mer NRL ref­eree, now politi­cian, Tim Man­der will ref­eree the State of Or­anges match this week­end.

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