Former Cook MP re­turns to spot­light as ref­eree

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

FORMER Far North politi­cian Ja­son O’Brien is no stranger to high-pres­sure sit­u­a­tions. The 46-year-old, who served as the ALP’s Mem­ber for Cook from 2004-12, is pre­par­ing to ref­eree his first FNQ Rugby Pre­mier Grade de­cider.

O’Brien, who now teaches English and his­tory and Smith­field State High School, will over­see the block­buster clash be­tween JCU Mariners and Bar­ron Trin­ity Bulls at Bar­low Park on Satur­day.

“Get­ting the big one is every ref­eree’s dream,” he said.

While ad­mit­ting he felt the heat ahead of po­lit­i­cal elec­tions, O’Brien said he didn’t get ner­vous about rugby games.

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