Ref­er­ees in need of help

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring -

Mor­rinsville/ Mata­mata Ref­er­ees As­so­ci­a­tion is on the look­out for more ref­er­ees to as­sist in of­fi­ci­at­ing lo­cal games each week­end, from in­ter­me­di­ate through to col­lege and up to se­nior re­serve level.

Hav­ing as­sis­tant ref­er­ees for ev­ery se­nior and 1st XV game would be a bonus.

Any­one can ref­eree – male or fe­male, from all walks of life.Re­cently-re­tired play­ers and/or play­ers who are un­able to play again due to in­jury are ideal can­di­dates to be­come a ref­eree. They al­ready pos­sess one of a ref­eree’s best at­tributes – a good level of game knowl­edge.

With gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship Waikato ref­er­ees are sup­plied with an on-field jer­sey, socks and shorts.

New ref­er­ees are well looked af­ter and pro­vided with ex­tra tu­ition to en­sure they are ready be­fore be­ing ap­pointed to their first match.

Com­ments that of­ten come from new ref­er­ees af­ter their first sea­son of­fi­ci­at­ing are ‘‘I wish I had started years ago’’ and ‘‘it is def­i­nitely the next best thing to play­ing’’.

Don’t hang up your boots, put your­self in the per­fect po­si­tion to get the best view of our na­tional game. If you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a rugby ref­eree please con­tact Dean Ni­chol­son on 027 572 1338 or Peter Martin 021 249 0251

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