A Refereeing topic 110 Years on.....

An Observation upon my Association History research as I piece it together, a topic of conversation 110 years on... (Please Read On)more

Vale - Nevyl Hand

Our Condolences to the Family of Nevyl Hand former First Grade Referee and Maher Cup Referee. Nevyl Refereed 265 matches with 207 of those in first grade, 32 in Reserve Grade and 26 combined Junior games.
Nevyl was also North Sydney Front Row forward and Captain and played for NSW in 1947-48. Played for Australia during the Second Test NZ in 1948, 1948/49 Kangaroo Tour and played ..more

July Holiday Clinic for Referees

A Free clinic is being held for Referees in July.more
MJK Muffins Batch 1

MJK Muffins Batch One 2014

The "MJK" Blueberry Muffins first batch of the season were experience at Equex on Saturday. Mick Kirkman rolled out his Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffins for the first time this season, CWA Endorsed I have to say a very high standard has been set for the season....Sensational ...Unofficial Rating of 9.5 out of 10.....more

8 Referees Debut Rd 1 2014

Congratulations and All The Best to the following Referees making their Group Nine Referees Association Debut plus Debut in their Respective Grades ...(Read On)more

Live Match Stats G9 Referees inc Rd 1, 2014

Please note snapshot of 53 of our 599 Historical members who have officated minimum of 1 Match (Centre Only)64 Seasons researched with 46 remaining as of 2014)
NB: L/Tag Stats only updated as of 2014
LM - Life Member - Active On Field
# Active Off Field Only within G9/Assoc
* League Tag not played during Career
# Not yet made Senior Centre Debut
Ret - Retired
SIP - Stats in Progressmore

Live Match Stats G9 Touchjudges Season 2014

Small Recognition for our members who back up week after week with touchlines as well as their respective centre, will be interesting reading by seasons end 2014 .....more

Referee Appointments Rd 1 - 2014 Group Nine

Please find our Group Nine Referees Appointments for Round 1, Starting Friday 25th of April , Saturday 26th April and Sunday 27th April 2014...(read on)...more

6.30pm Rules Session Wagga Bros prior to Refs Meeting 17th April

Wagga Brothers RLF Club have booked in Game/Rules segment as part of their Thursday Night Training Session - 17/04/2014 at Parramore Park, Equex Centre, Wagga Wagga with Director of Referees Tony Fletcher Attending from 6.30pm-7pm , IF you are available your attendence is welcome - then proceed to association meeting at 7.30pm at Wagga RSL Club.more

Mud Sweat and Beers - Gundagai Referees get amongst it

our Association Members Wayne Burgun and Sean Bremmer where 2 of many who took the challenge again this year of the Gundagai Mud Sweat and Beers.
Different type of Pre-season but sure after the bumps, bruises, cuts it was all good ! Well Done !!more

New Date 17th April 2014 Association General Meeting

Please NOTE that due to a number of the Association Executive being away or not available; there has been a need to POSTPONE the planned Association Meeting from this Thursday until next Thursday week.
1.The next Association General Meeting will be held on THURSDAY, 17/04/2014 at the Wagga RSL Club – in the Bowlers Meeting Room – at 7:30pm.

And NOT on Thursday, 10/04/2014!more

Referee Appointments 12th April 2014

Please note the following appointments this weekend from Director Of Referees Tony Fletcher...(read on)...more

CRLRA Appointment for Toby Popple and Brad Hart

Congratulations to Toby & Brad for their respective Country Championship referees Appointment. Well done and Good luck on the 7th & 8th of June 2014 at Figtree NSW.

U'16s East Coast Dolphins vs Newcastle - Referee Toby Popple

U'16's Loser of Bidgee Bulls vs Southern Redbacks vs Loser of Western Rams vs Central Coast - Referee Brad Hartmore

29th & 30th March Referee Appointments

Saturday 29th will see Murrumbidgee Championships for Under 18's and Ladies League Tag with first appointment at 9am.
Saturday 29th, Wagga Kangaroos interclub trial game at McDonalds Park.
Saturday 29th, at Albury 2014 Reconciliation Cup at Greenfield Park.
Sunday 30th, at Temora Nixon Park, 2014 Kelly Cup Temora vs West Wyalong.
Read on for Referees appointed.....more

New NRL Referee Recruitment Video

Please click on link below to view the New NRL Referee Recruitment Video,more

29th March 2014 - Saturday 18's and League Tag Carnival

Venue will be Anzac Park Gundagai.more

23rd March 2014 G9 RL U 16 Selection Trials

Laurie Daley Oval Junee will be the venue for these 16's Selection Trials.more

2014 Group 9 RL Pre-Season Trial Games details

Currently the Planned Pre Season matches for 2014 Group Nine Season are as follows: (further details contact G9 Referees Secretary & D.O.R Tony Fletcher)more

Hardy Shield 2014

HARDY SHIELD DRAW 2014 VENUE: Paramore Park ( round 1only)
/ McDonalds Park
GAMES are 25 minute halves with no time off for injuries. Round games can end in a draw at fulltime. The Grand Final game will be 30 minute halves with no time off except for a serious injury..continue ..more

Referees Workshop 15th & 16th March 2014

Wagga 8.45am at South Wagga Public School Saturday, and Cootamundra Country Club 8.45am Sunday. Contact Pat Walsh or Fletch for further details
New Referees, Junior and Senior Referees your attendence is encouraged,
Wagga Saturday 15th March 2014, Cootamundra 16th March 2014 .(read on..)more

Referees History Snap Shot 1924-1954-1994-2004

Plus Honorary Mention Mr JT (Tom) O'Farrell (Read on) ...more

Welcome Two New Members Brad Hart and Matt Shannon

Brad Hart Joins Group Nine from Group 11 and Matt Shannon progresses from our Junior to Senior Group Nine Ranks. Welcome and all the best for the season.more

NRL Referee Gerard Sutton - Interview for G9 Refs

My advice to any New Referee would be above all else to have fun and love the game, Be strong, not arrogant, listen, learn develop a professional attitude and always hold yourself to the highest standard. The players you’re refereeing, regardless of the grade deserve no less....(more please read on)more

NRL Referee Gerard Sutton offers advice to our Group Nine Refs Assoc


On line Registration Link - Referees for 2014 Due

Please access and complete your On Line Registration for 2014 with Secretary and G9 Referees Director Tony Fletcher asking for your assistance to have completed by Saturday 1st of March, See below....more

Referees Gear Steward Update - New Gear to be Issued

Currently our Gear Steward Scott Muir has been Issuing to association members our New Group Nine Referees Back Packs, New Caps and On-field Socks. Please contact him to let him know when your attending Training, Pre-Season Games, Meetings so he can assure your issued with this gear. Also you will need to have with you your Communication Gear to be returned for Servicing/Maintenance prior 2014 Rd 1more

Referees Members Form Due ASAP

Please complete and return to Fletch your 2014 Group Nine Referees Directory Form. Return to Group 9 Referees Association Inc. PO Box 1332, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 or Fax to 02 69 373 877 or Hand Delivery to Fletch.more

Deepest Sympathy to Craig, Trent and Webster Family

Our Deepest Sympathy to Craig and Trent Webster and the Webster Family on the recent passing of their Father, George Webster. Our Best Wishes.more
Jake White & Scott Muir

Trials Games at Albury 8th Feb 2014 39.4 Degrees

Congratulations to all involved in the Riverina Academy Games and U/20's Trial between Storm vs Raiders. Storm Coming home 26-24, played over 4 x 20 minute quarters with the Temperature Peaking at 39.4 Degrees. Well Done again to all involved
(Pic Jake & Scott prior to U/20's Kick off)more

31st January 2014 CRLRA Referees Seminar at Fairy Meadow Wollongong

See also Upcoming Events- Tab on our Website for detail:
(31st January 2014-2nd Feb 2014) .....more

Official Pre-Season Fitness Training 2014 - 4th Feb 2014

Official Pre-Season Fitness Training will commence on Tuesday 4th February 2014 at the Botanic Gardens BBQ Area (off Macleay St Wagga Wagga) at 5.45pm All welcome to attend.more

2014 Director of Referees and Coaching Staff

Tony Fletcher (LM) has been appointed Group Nine Referees Association Director of Referees for Season 2014.
Assistants to the Director of Referees : Alan Jacobson (LM), John Hetherington, Tony Young (LM) and Graeme Coulton NB: with approval to add additional persons if available.
Brian Walker (LM) was again elected as the Group 9 RL Treasurer 2014
Mick Rudd (LM) G9 RL Judiciary Panel 2014more

NRL LeagueNet Database

ALL Referees should be registered on the national database before they take the field in any year. Note all referees registrations from 2014 onwards will be ON-LINE
B) If you are interested in undertaking and completing Level 1 or Level 2 Refs Coaches courses planned to be held in 2014 at venues previously advised - if there are sufficent nominations recieved Please contact Tony Fletcher ASAPmore

CRL Referees Association AGM Summary

Group Nine Referees Tony Young (LM) re-elected Patron of CRL along side Mick Stone & Nick Best. Kevin Forde Deputy President......more

Off Season Fun Scott & James Muir

Scott & James Muir participated recently in the Canberra Beast obstacle event over 11kms of running, crawling, climbing and plenty of bumps and bruises , awesome fun was the feedback.more

Sunday, 08/12/2013. Referees Coaching Clinic Pat Walsh

Please find the following Invitation from Pat Walsh , Your attendence is Encouraged and will certainly be of Benefit...Please Read on ....more
Jakes Fishing Trip Bermagui

Jake White Bermagui Fishing Holiday Nov 2013

Pre Season Skill Training Programme

Benny & Sam Pilot Programme for Pre Season Skill Testing


Referee Insight - Former Group Nine Referee Luke O’Brien

Luke joined our Group Nine Referees Association from Group 16 at the end of the 2004 Season.
Officiated in Group Nine during Seasons 2005-2008 before relocating for Work Opportunities for himself and wife Jenna,
Joined the Central Coast Referees Association under Referees Director and NRL Referee Shayne Hayne from season 2009.more
Masters Tournament Young 2013

Young Masters 2013 - Mick MJK Kirkman In action

MJK in a Adelong Bears Jumper, Legend Tom Spain Refereed his one of game, Dave Cullum refereed all weekend, Tony Young was Referees Co-Ordinator for the weekend, Great Work !!!more

Off Season Update November 2013


2014 Group Nine Referees Association Executives & Committee

Group Nine Referees Executives for 2014.more

AGM Summary from 31st October 2013 – G9 Referees

Group Nine Referees 2013 AGM was held at the Wagga RSL Club with the following Summary to follow.more

9th & 10th November ARMY RL 9's at Kapooka Army Base 2013

Our Group Nine Referees have been invited to officiated in the ARMY 9's carnival on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 9th & 10th November 2013. Your Attendence will be appreciated.more

3rd November Invites out for Referees coaching Clinic Temora 2013

Pat Walsh NRL Referees development Officer Southern State NSW has issued invitations to referees to partipate at a Referees Coaching Clinic at Bob Aldridge Park, Crowley Street Temora on Sunday 3rd November 2013....Please read further....more

31st October Group Nine Referees AGM 2013

Thursday 31st October 2013 at 7.30pm at the Wagga RSL Club in Meeting Room 1. Any Notices of Motion, Consitution amendments, correspondence, proxy, voting forms etc MUST be lodged to the Secretary by Wednesday 24th October 2013.more

19th & 20th Oct G9 Refs Participate at Young Masters RL Carnival

Congratulations to Dave Cullum who refereed over the past weekend at the Young Masters and from all reports did very well !! Former renowned Referee Tom Spain made a One game Comeback, Former referee Wayne Prosser, Tony Young was Referee Co-Ordinator and our own Mick Kirkman played ....(Read further) ....more

Rugby League World Cup Referees Link to G9 Refs

The Rugby League World Cup 2013 Officials have been appointed with
14 from England, 4 Australia, 2 New Zealand, 2 France.
Australia will be represented by Ben Cummins, Shayne Hayne, Ashley Klein , Grant Atkins...and the link to our own Group Nine Referees on ....more

2013 Referees Presentation Night

Another year and fantastic night at the Australian Homestead Motor Lodge Gumly Gumly were Life Members, Invited Guests, Referees, and friends attended. Thank you to Sam Went & Ben Whitby for there terrific efforts as organisers and hosts to ensured the night was a success.
Congratulations to Jake White for achieving our highest award
2013 Group Nine Referee Association - Referee of the Year.more

Game 400 Bernie Nix 2013 G9 1st Grade Grand Final

CONGRATULATIONS NIXY – GAME 400 – First Grade Grand final Albury Thunder vs. Gundagai @ McDonalds Park Equex 29th Sept 2013.
Well Done Nixy on an outstanding Achievement and to Celebrate this milestone during your 12th First Grade Grand final is Deserving of a Fantastic Milestone.more

Successful CRLRA Seminar 2013

Group Nine Referees attended another successful Country Referees Development Camp & Seminar on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd February 2013 at Wollongong.
Saturday included a Fitness Session by Cam Black - NRL Strength & Conditioning Co-Ordinator, Address by CRLRA President William Drury, Key Note Speaker Daniel Anderson - NRL High Performance Manager, Laws Review - Referee D/O's, On-Field Coaching by NRL Referees Gavin Badger, Ben Cummins, Grant Atkins, Dave Munro,
Sunday continued with Laws Quiz with NRL Development Officers, Social Media Talk with Melissa Sevil AFP, CRL Report - Terry Quinn & Bert Lowrie, Guest Speaker - Trent Barrett, Presentation of Tony Young Shield. Well Done to all those attending from all reports it was another invaluable experience and Great Success.more

Season 2013 Kick off Group Nine Referees

Season 2013 will kick off on Saturday 9th February, when Group Nine Referees will officate at Greenfield Park Albury.
The Match played will be a Toyota Cup U/20's Fixure between
Canberra vs Melbourne.
The Touring Referees Party to visit the Border City for the first Trial Match of the season will included:
G9 Referees Director & LM : Alan Jacobson, Senior Referees 1 on 1 Mentor & LM : Tony Fletcher,
Referees : Scott Muir & Jake White
Touch Judges/Referees: Mark Daly & Sam Went.more

Referee Survey Required Please

To assist in the Progression of our Group Nine Referees History Booklet
please take time to complete the following survey and Return to
Scott Muir (unofficial historian)? at

Former Referees Contact Required

If you are a Current or former referee please contact Scott Muir to assist in
our Group Referees History booklet, Scott requires your Refereeing Resume,
photos, and stories during your time as a Group Nine Referee.
Please Contact Scott on or 0420 774 115 (text or ring after hours)
## If you Also know how to contact Peter Hay, Lindsay Regent
and Wayne Marshall or any former referees please advise Scott. Your Assistance is appreciated.more


Congratulations Bernie Nix for Life Membership 2012

Bernie Nix was nominated and endorsed by the Group Nine Referees Association
at our AGM as our Newest Life Member.
Nominated Scott Muir, 2nd Nomination Alan Jacobson
Bernie having previously received his referees ticket and introduced to Refereeing in the late 1980's with the Balmain Referees Association. Then Joined the Group Nine Referees Association at the start of season 1996.

During this time Bernie's refereeing resume is of the highest standard and not just within Group Nine but within Country NSW and any Refereeing association around Australia.
To date as of Grand final Day 2012, Bernie has refereed a total of 376 Group Nine Matches, of these matches (299) First Grade Appointments, (50) Reserve Grade, (15) under 18's and (12) Under 16's Refereeing centre appointments. Season 1998 was Bernie's Introduction into the Grand final refereeing appointment arena, along side fellow touch judge Scott Muir and headed by Centre Reserve Grade Referee Cole Levy. Season 1999 Bernie Achieved his first centre Grand final appointment upon controlling the U/16's of that year. Season 2000 Bernie debut as First Grade Grand final Touch judge along side Brian Alston with Tony Fletcher controlling the First Grade Grand final match between Wagga Kangaroos vs Tumbarumba. The Following Season (2001) Nixy as commonly known progressed to his debut First Grade Grand final centre refereeing appointment.And the rest as they say has now become history'. Currently Bernie is seated 3rd of our current all time official association match appointments with Jack Castle 403 and Tony Fletcher 688 heading the list. Of Bernie's 299 First Grade matches, currently he is in the company of just 7 Referees to have reached the milestone of 200 plus First Grade refereeing appointments and
just 1 match short of achieving 300 First Grade Matches, with Tom Spain 300 and Tony Fletcher 393 First Grade appointments ahead of him. Topping Bernie's further personal achievements within our Group Nine Referees association include but not limited too:
Bernie is credited as the 2nd most Capped First Grade Grand final Referee in our Group Nine 41 Year Association History with 11 First Grade Grand final appointments ,
just Tom Spain heads the list with 13 and Tony Fletcher 6 First Grade grand final appointments. Bernie holds our association First Grade Grand final record of having referee 11 consecutive first grade Grand finals, with Tom Spain 2nd with his 10 consecutive First Grade appointments. Further refereeing achievements continues with Bernie currently 2nd in our Group Nine history, having being appointed to 12 Group Nine Grand finals with Tom Spain 14 heading the list and Scott Muir 3rd on the list with 11 Group Nine Grand final centre appearances. Bernie's contribution both on and off the field has been of an outstanding level. And his list of achievements continues with Group Nine Referees Association Referee of the year award in Season 2003. Group Nine Board's Referee of the Year in season 2004, 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010 Bernie has also been our Leader as President of our Group Nine Referees Association both on and off the field upon his this official role during seasons 2009/2010/2011/2012. Bernie has been the yardstick of what was required to achieve at the highest level of on-field performance within Group Nine for over a decade, and certainly the catalyst for peer referees to increase their own personal refereeing standard and increased standards of refereeing throughout our association amongst many members.more


Presentation Night Group Nine Referees - Success

Over 75 Guests attended our Group Nine Referees Presentation Dinner
at the Rivergum Restaurant at Gumly on Friday Night 5th October 2012.
An Entertaining & Successful night was enjoyed by all.
Presentation Awards:
Referee of the Year - Scott Muir
Presidents Award - Tony Fletcher
Most Improved Referee - Sean Byatt
Tony Young Award - Sean Byatt

Junior awards
Most Improved Mini League - Lee Ashworth,
Mod League Most Consistent - Toby Popple,
Most Consistent International - Kale Popple
Most Improved - Dave Cullum
Encouragement Award - Nathan Starrmore

Group Nine Grand Final Referee Appointments 2012

1st Grade - Referee Scott Muir T/Judges - Mick Kirkman & Jake White ,
In Goal Ben Whitby & Brett Cowan

Res Grade Referee Bernie Nix T/Judges - Greg Smith & Chris Mannion,
In Goal Kale Popple & Terrence Jacobs

League Tag Referee Matt Seldon T/Judges Sean Byatt & Toby Popple

18's - Referee Mark Daly T/Judges - James Well & Ben Cramp,
In Goal Doug Hellowell & Mick Hellowell

16's - Referee Sam Went T/Judges - Wayne Burgun & Zane Popple,
In Goal Craig Webster & Mark Hooper

Stand by Referee Chris Mannion (16's)more

Group Nine JRL Southern Zone Grand final Referees 2012

Under 10's - Kangaroo Blue vs Brothers - Referee Terrance Jacobs , Tjs - Lee Ashworth/Lachlan Jones

Under 11's -Turvey Park vs Magpies Black - Referee Kristy Clegg , Tjs - Daniel Harply/Nathan Starr

Under 12's - Turvey Park vs Kangaroos White - Referee Sean Byatt , Tjs - Kristy Clegg/Dave Cullum

Under 13's - Kangaroos vs Magpies - Referee Toby Popple Tjs - Dave Cullum/Sean Bremer

Under 14's - Turvey Park vs Brothers - Referee Kale Popple Tjs - Sean Byatt/Toby Popple

Under 15's - Turvey Park vs Brothers - Referee Mick Kirkman , Tjs - Damon Kaylock/Toby Popplemore

Round 17 Milestones

Congratulations to the following Referees for their Refereeing milestones
150th - Group Nine Match Mark Daley (1st Tumut vs Tumbarumba @ Tumut)
50th - Senior Match Chris Mannion (Res Junee vs Gundagai @ Junee)
30th - League Tag Match and currently Most Matches as League Tag Referee
Zane Popple (South City vs Coota @ Harris P)more

NSW Country Bulls Vs Victoria Referee Appointments

Referees Development officer Southern Region Mr. Pat Walsh, has received
confirmation from the CRLRA appointments Board and is happy to announce the
following appointments.
Congratulations to the following referees for their First Grade appointments
for the NSW Country Bulls vs. Victoria match on Saturday 21st July.
Referee : Scott Muir
Touch Judges: Jake White and Mark Hoopermore

General Meeting Thursday 26th July 2012.

Our Next Association General Meeting will be held on Thursday 26th July 2012.
This meeting will be held at the Wagga RSL club at 7.30pm (start)
and will be held in Meeting Room Number 1.more

Trivia Night 22nd June 2012 - Wagga Jnr Referees

This Coming Friday 22nd June 2012, The Wagga Junior Referees
are holding a Trivia Night at the Rules Club Wagga.
Starting 7pm with Tables of 8 at $10 per person.
Some Excellent Prizes have been organised so Please contact
Terrence Jacobs on 0402 705 973 , BOOK NOW !!!!more

CRLRA Appointment this weekend for Scott Muir

Scott will Referee in the 1st Grade CRL Championships on Saturday 19th May 2012 at Bathurst .This match follows Jake White's appointment in last months U/18's Championship. Scott's match will be played between Group Rivals Group 10 vs Group 11.Scott's Appointment in the CRL Championships will the first for our Group Nine Referees after about a 10 year absence with the last First Grade Referee being Warrick Bowden in the early 2000's. All the Best Scott.


Kevin Riolo, Message of Congratulations to Warrick

Mr Kevin Riolo CRLRA Secretary passes on his Congratulations to Warrick (see below)more

Warrick Bowden NSWRL SG Ball Grandfinal Appointment

Former Group Nine First Grade Referee Warrick Bowden has been appointed to the Number (1) Game in the NSWLRA Junior Reps.more

First Grade Debut - Sam Went

Congratulations to Group 9 referee Sam Went (pictured - centre) on his appointment to debut in the top grade in Round 3 of 2012, this coming weekend on Sunday May 6th.

Sam makes his debut in the match featuring Gundagai & Tumbarumba at Adelong. It is a nice reward for Sam who has refereed the last three Under 16's Grand Finals and is a member of the Southern NSW CRLRA Development Squad.more

Muir to Join 300 Club

Scott Muir, (pictured) Group 9 Referees Association 'Historian', and Active Member, is set to reach a huge milestone in 2012.

Muir will join an elite club in the ranks of Group 9 Rugby League should everything going according to plan. Round 1 will be Muir's 199th First Grade fixture. Meaning in Round 2 (presuming he is appointed to 1st Grade again) it will be his 200th First Grade fixture....

But there is more, Muir will become only the 10th member of very special group of people, as it also doubles as his 300th Group 9 match. Congratulations Scott, hopefully there is another 300 to come..

To see a list of all the members that are a part of the '300 Club' please view more.


Refereeing Milestones & New Members for 2012

Group 9 Referees Association members will be celebrating many milestones in the first few weeks of the Group 9 Rugby League Season, including some Group 9 'Debutants'.

To see who is achieveing what, please click more.


Former Members Climbing the Ranks

Congratulation to former Group 9 Referees members Luke O'Brien (pictured) & Warwick Bowden.

To see their achievements please click more.


TLiL Reminder

With the start of the Group 9 Rugby League season this coming weekend, we would like to remind all players, clubs, officials and supporters that the Country Rugby League have endorsed the Tough Love in League policy for implementation across the CRL.

The TLiL program was launched to curb unsportsmanlike behaviour from all parties involved in junior rugby league and applies to all underage matches (i.e. U/18's and below). For further details on the TLiL program please view the article further below on this page.


Time for Kick Off!

With the pre-season now officially over, Round 1 in Group 9 Rugby League kick's off for 2012 this coming weekend 21st & 22nd April 2012. Group 9 Referees Association would like to welcome all of it's new members for the year, and wish the best of luck to all clubs this season. For up to date news on the referees association, please keep coming back here. You will find articles, appointments, and many other interesting reads throughout the season. To view the 2012 G9RL draw please visit the G9RL website:


Referee Course Wrap-up

A big thanks to everyone who helped out on the day with the referees course in Wagga on 25th March. Pat Walsh and Tony Fletcher for running it and Terrance Jacobs, Kale Popple and Zane Popple for providing lunch and drinks throughout the day. Please click more for a brief report.

If you're interested in refereeing and weren't able to attend the course please email Ben Whitby - or call him on 0487 786 184.


Upcoming Trials

Trial Match Appointments for weekend of 31/03 and 01/04 as well as Thursday 05/04 (Kelly cup @ Temora)



Tough Love in League

The Tough Love in League policy which was introduced in a trial in NSWRL junior competitions in season 2011 has been fully endorsed by the Country Rugby League and will apply to all matches in the CRL (including Group 9) from Under 13's through to (and including) Under 18's. Please click more to view the PDF file.


"Refereeing is Not a Job for the Meek"

Jack Underwood is a past Illawarra international referee who went on to become a journalist with the Illawarra Mercury.

The following extract is from an article that Jack wrote about refereeing on Saturday July 22 1961.

Please click more to view the article.


Ear to the Ground 2012

The first edition of Ear to the Ground has been released and is jam packed with some good stats, news, and funny stories to start the season. Please view by looking under the News & Events menu at the top of this page.



For those current, former or family and friends of referees who may have information, stories, photos, programmes of 

anything relating to Rugby League Referees in the Riverina, Scott Muir would like to hear from you. Currently Scott has been chipping away on a referees history booklet over the last 6 years and although he still has an array of information he would like to had some finer details to his research. Currently he has weaved his way through around 50 plus years of history and has a bit to go, so if you can help please contact, or send through details to Scott Muir on email: , Thank you for any assistance. 


NRL Footy Tipping Comp 2012

Any members, family and their friends who are wanting to participate in the Group 9 Referees 2012 Footy Tipping competition please take note that the competition will be run this year via the website rather than by Scott processing the tips individually on a weekly basis.

To get details of the new format and to register please email Scott Muir at and Scott will send you the invitation link to join.


Pre-Season Training Commences

Pre-Season training for the Group 9 Referees Association commenced Tuesday 7th February around Willians Hill. The turn-out was average with around 8 members present.

Group 9 Referees encourages anyone who is interested in becoming a referee (young or old) to join us each Tuesday, meeting at the BBQ Area at the Botanical Gardens, 6.00pm.


New Sponsors for 2012 & Beyond

Group 9 Referees Association are proud to announce two new sponsorship deals for the 2012 season and beyond, with Hume Building Society coming on board as a major sponsor and Metroll - Wagga Wagga as a sleeve sponsor. We look forward to our partnerships with both of these organisations and thank them for their support. Steel Supplies Wagga are still proud sponsors and have now became major sponsors also.


AGM Notice

Group 9 Referees will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 27th of October 2011 at the Wagga Wagga RSL Club, starting at 7.30.

All active and non-active members are invited to attend, as well as anyone interested in discussing anything during the General Meeting to held immediately afterwards.


Referee of the Year - Jake White

The Group 9 Referees Association annual presentation night was held on Saturday, 8th October 2011 at the Australian Homestead Motor Lodge, Gumly Gumly - where Jake White was awarded referee of the year for 2011. Congratulations to him and this is the second year in a row Jake has won this award. Many thanks for the hospitality shown by the people at the Australian Homestead it was once again a great night for all. A big thanks also to association members Scott Muir and Sam Went for organising and hosting the night. For list of all the award winners on the night please click more.


New Wesbite

Welcome to Group 9 Referees Assocation new website. It is currently under construction and you begin to find recent new, events, newsletters, appointments and all matters relating to refereeing being updated on this website. Please be aware that some pages may have no content at this stage.

If you require any details please send your request to the webmaster by clicking this line.

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