Canterbury ref in charge of Lochore final
Canterbury rugby referee James Munro will cap off a successful season in the middle when he referees the final of the Lochore Cup in the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship.
Munro, who started refereeing when he was in high school said it’s a satisfying feeling being given the final after what he describes as a ‘‘pretty big year.’’
Munro made his debut in Heartland rugby in 2011, but following the earthquakes he and a friend decided to take some time out of the city on an OE to London.
He said although it was a risk to leave given he had just made Heartland, it was probably one of the best decisions he’s made.
‘‘We ended up spending three years there which was a great experience and I met my now fiancee Caitlin before coming home.
‘‘I came home a little more grown up and mature and had a different outlook and approach to being a referee.’’
Fast forward a few years and Munro is back, picking up where he left off.
His big year also includes a Mitre 10 Cup debut at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin for Otago v Manawatu.
‘‘That came a little quicker than expected on my return from London.
‘‘My father, Andy, played for Canterbury back in the 80s and whilst not being able to replicate that as a player, it has always driven me to get to that level as a referee.
‘‘So it was a pretty proud moment to share a beer in the shed afterwards with the family.’’
Munro said the intensity and pressure is always going to be a little greater for a final.
‘‘I am pretty routine-driven during the week so nothing will change with my preparation.
‘‘Just like the players, where
‘‘So it will be a good coffee and some eggs on game day and we will be ready to roll’’
you go out and try to do something is most likely where you fail to perform and you’ll be sitting there scratching your head afterwards.
‘‘So it will be a good coffee and some eggs on game day and we will be ready to roll.’’
Fellow Canterbury referee Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri will be the TMO in the Lochore Cup final.
The Lochore Cup final is between West Coast and Mid Canterbury in Methven on Sunday at 2:30pm.
Canterbury referee James Munro will officiate the final of the Lochore Cup in Methven on Sunday.