Refs match day call

Gatton Star - - SPORT - Do­minic El­some do­minic.el­[email protected]­ton­star.com.au

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.

PHOTO: DO­MINIC EL­SOME

COME ON: TFL ref­er­ees Tim Logan and John Ash­ton have is­sued a chal­lenge ahead of Fri­day’s match.

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