NSWCHS hosted the Australian Secondary Schools’ Under 18 Rugby League Championships in Port Macquarie from Sunday 9th July to Friday 14th July, 2006.
|Officials at the Australian Secondary Schools Under 18 Championships, Port Macquarie - July 2006
(From left to right) Kevin Riolo (ARLRA), Frank Kitcher (NSWCRLRA), James Brown (NSWCRLRA), Jeff Hartup
(NSWCRLRA), Peter Anderson (QRLRA), Chris Butler (QRLRA), Ben Everill (NSWRLRA), David Sharp
(NSWRLRA), Nick Best (ARLRA).
On the Wednesday, because of sponsorship requirements, they took the four matches to be played that day to Wauchope where a very large crowd was in attendance.
The reason for this very big attendance would have been because word had spread about the truly outstanding game played on the Monday between Queensland Secondary Schools and NSWCC, one of the best games of football I have witnessed.
The publicity from all sections of the media was very supportive and PRIME showed games each
night in their News. .
As the head body, the ARLRA was responsible for liaising between the ASSRL and the various Referees’ Associations and the CRLRA was given the responsibility of hosting and co-ordinating referees.
The CRLRA Treasurer, Frank Kitcher, represented the CRLRA, whilst Nick Best and Kevin Riolo represented both the ARLRA and the CRLRA.
Chris Butler and Peter Anderson from Queensland RLRA, David Sharpe and Ben Everill from NSWRLRA, and Jeff Hartup and James Brown from NSWCRLRA were the referees chosen to officiate in these matches.
Troy artin from Group 1 R.A. was also invited to run some touches and to referee one game on the Thursday.
This enabled each of the selected referees to have some break from officiating, as well as refereeing three matches each over the week.
We also used two young referees from Group 3 R.A., Thaige Kelliher and Mitch Graham, to run touches on the Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.
This was a great learning experience for them. As was the case in Perth, all referees carried out Interchange duties.
Because of this procedure, we had less problems with trainers on the field than ever before.
All six referees acquitted themselves exceptionally well and we had an extremely difficult task in choosing the referee for the Final between Queensland and NSWCCC.
Chris Butler was selected and he performed very well.
All referees received written reports and discussed their performances with the three refereeing coaches after every match.
They also received DVD’s of their games at the end of each day.
The Australian Secondary Schools’ Rugby League also presented all referees and touch judges with ASSRL towels.
Three of the referees were guests of the CHS at the Players’ Dinner on the Monday night whilst all seven referees together with refereeing officials attended the Managers’ Dinner on the Wednesday.
We were also guests of the Group 3 Referees’ Association at a dinner on the Thursday night.
As well as Group 3 R.A. President, Tony Hardy, his wife and several other referees, Group 3 R.A. Treasurer, Kevin Rayment and his wife journeyed from Taree Old Bar for the occasion.
All visiting referees and officials were extremely grateful to Tony Hardy for his assistance over the week.
He was ably supported by CRLRA Development Officer, Wayne Wilson, who travelled to Port Macquarie from Newcastle for the week at his own expense.
Tony also drove the Queensland referees to the airport on the Saturday morning after the Championships.
The Australian Rugby League Referees’ Association paid for the motel accommodation and meals for all the referees for the week whilst the three individual Associations paid for their referees’ travel.
The ARLRA is grateful to the CRLRA for subsidising part of the Officials’ costs.
Kevin Riolo, ARLRA Director?