Refs match day call
SOCCER: Gatton and Laidley soccer clubs will clash on Friday for the Lockyer Valley Charity Shield, and this year the stakes have been raised – but not by the players.
This year the match referees have stepped up and will be donating their match fees to MS Queensland and they are challenging the players to match the donations.
Assistant referee for the game Tim Logan said, on top of supporting a good cause, the challenge would break down misconceptions about match referees.
“You hear around the place that people sort of make comments that ‘referees are the only ones that get paid in the competition’,” Logan said.
“I commented late one night to (Laidley president Michael Blackwood) ‘if we donated our match fees, how about you get the players to match our assistant referee fee, and we’ll make a bit of extra money for the charity’.”
Several players have already pledged to match the contributions, and Logan is encouraging supporters to get involved.
“If we can make an extra couple of hundred dollars for the charity on the day, that will be awesome,” he said.
Friday night’s game will be the first time the Laidley Lions and Gatton Redbacks senior sides have faced of in the Charity Shield for several years.
Logan is expecting a lot of passion from both sides.
Kick off is at 7pm at the Laidley Rec Fields.
COME ON: TFL referees Tim Logan and John Ashton have issued a challenge ahead of Friday’s match.