28th & 29th March - Full Weekend of Matches

With a full day of selection trials plus 4 first Grade matches and Reserve grade on Saturday , then further matches Sunday ... will be a very busy weekend, Please advise Fletch ASAP if you can do additional matches to what you have already been appointed too, All the best for the weekend.more

Saturday Trial Games 21st March - Appointments

Refereeing appointments for Saturday 21st March , Good Luck ! (Please read on) ...more

Weekend Wrap up 14th-15th March

Word on the ground ... please read on..more

Gundagai Jnr Refs Session Anzac Park 10th March

A great attendance of 13 junior referees attended a Referees coaching session at Anzac Park Tuesday Night 10th March,
Session Run by Tony Fletcher, Scott Muir & Mick Kirkman, Great Session and thanks to Shane Bartlett for organising.more

Hardy Shield Draw 2015 - Referee Appointments + Competition Conditions

Please find Hardy Shield Draw& Referee Appointments for 2015...Please read on ...more

Referees Needed Coota Nines Sat 14th March 2015

Message from DOR - Tony Fletcher, FYI – please note the Draw for the Cootamundra Nines on Saturday, 14/03/2015 – listing 28 games ( 25 x RL Nines games and 3 x Women’s League tag games) on Les Boyd Oval, Fisher Park, and the adjoining Nicholson Park, Cootamundra. YOUR URGENT CORRESPONDENCE IS REQUIRED Tony Fletcher, Group 9 referees,
Mobile: 0427237121 , 05/03/2015, 10am Start - Final 7pm ......more

2015 Group 9 RL Pre-season Trial Games

## Late News 07/06 - Wagga Bros vs Yanco Trial Match Cancelled ##.. Please note for your reference the up coming Pre-season matches....
starting Saturday 7th March 2015 as per advice from Director of Referees Tony Fletcher (Please Read On) ...more

Congratulations Warrick & Sarah Bowden

Congratulations to Warrick & Sarah on their birth of little Hugh William Bowden, Born 18th Jan 2015, 3.2kg & 50.5 cm , cute little fella , and we wish them both well !!!!more

West Wyalong 2015 - Appointments Finals Sat

This Friday Night Group 9 Referees Jake White & Scott Muir will be assisting their G20 colleagues with a center and touchline respectively. They are both looking forward to their first 1st Grade hit out for the season which anticipates to be a great night/weekend of footy.
UPDATED : SATURDAY APPOINTMENTS Excellent Weekend of Rugby League.more

G9 Refs NRL Footy Tipping 2015

With re-location of Co-Captain for our Social Committee Sam Went enjoy his new working life in Manly, Terrence Jacobs has kindly put up his hand to run this seasons footy tipping comp. Please contact Terrence if you have not already received notification about the comp.
Terry Jacobs :

Great Numbers at first Unofficial Sunday Pre-Season Hit Out

Kale Popple, Toby Popple, Maddie Popple, MJK Kirkman, Sticks Kirkman, Max Biles, Terrence Jacobs, Dave Cullum, Jacob Chapple, and run by Scott Muir, our first Unofficial Sunday Social Fitness Hit out, All welcome next Sunday 8am, Starting from 14 Plunkett Drive Lake Albert, plenty parking across the road at Mater Dai High School Car Park...Please Read On..more

Your Official 1st Grade Referee Number - TBC

Please find your Official First Grade Referee number , i'll await your further feedback before locking it in, if you know of a Referee that may have been just before or after , please let me know. To Date i've tried to be as accurate as possible from Research Thus Far.more

Your Official Referee Number - TBC awaiting your feedback

A Huge Thank you to Tony Young (LM) and also Warren Barclay for his input regarding finalising our Player/Referee Cap Number.I have researched and reviewed as best as possible to be accurate, if you have alternate feedback to what is listed please let me know, I am hopeful to have it locked in by Round 1 2015, further numbers to follow soon.more

The National League Net Database - Your Action Required

Is being heavily promoted by NRL Limited and comprises of Three Elements:
# Competition and Member (player, coach, offical, match offical, Referee)
Management system Fox Sports Pulse # National membership database and online clearence system # Websites, ACTION: It will be necessary for every Group 9 referee member (whether active or Non active) to complete and return the following forms(Read Onmore

Official Fitness Training Tuesdays 5.45pm Botanic Gardens

Official Training Tuesdays 5.45pm from carpark, BBQ area of the botanic Gardens off Macleay street, Wagga Wagga, All Members are Welcome to attend and highly recommended each evening.more

Diary Dates Up Coming Events - Your Availability

2015 Referee Development workshops:
Saturday 14th March 2015, 9am start at Wagga Wagga, South Wagga Public School.
Sunday 15th March 2015, 9am Start at Cootamundra , Cootamundra Country Club venue.
The Group 9 RL Board of Management has again reiterated that ALL G9 Refs need to attend one of these very import workshops in 2015, All information sheet detailing agenda to be sent shortly.Read onmore

Director of Referees - Tony Fletcher (LM) Details:

Phone: 02 6937 38 47
Fax: 02 69 37 38 77
Work Address Level 3, 76 Morgan street Wagga Wagga
Mobile 0427 237 121 or Home 02 69 31 25 16
Po Box 1332 Wagga Wagga NSW 2650more

20-20 Full Time NYC 20's Trial Match at Albury

Played in mid 30's Degrees Temperature a hard fast match was played with Storm racing in late tries to draw the match vs the Raiders. Played in 4 x 20 minute quarters with the following Referees controlling each Quarter (Scott Muir, Toby Popple, Mark Daly, Brendon Compton) with teams of x2 touch judges Connor Adamson & Anthony Hopper, Mark & Andrew Hooper. Great Day had by All !!more

4pm Sat 7th Feb Albury NYC Trial Raiders vs Storm

Please note (4pm)start for RL Pre-season Trial Game to be held at Greenfield Park, Albury on this SATURDAY, 7th February, 2015 at 4:30pm; and the Referee/Touch Judge appointments are as follows:-
Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm – NYC Holden Cup.
Referees: Scott MUIR/Toby POPPLE/Mark DALY/Brendon COMPTON.
Touch Judges: Connor Adamson, Mark Hooper, Anthony Hooper, Andrew Hoopermore

Further Pre-Season Matches - 2015

Director of Referees Tony Fletcher will provide further advice on this :
Riverina Academy v Melbourne Storm 16s and 18s in Albury on 21st February (2 games)
Tumut Nines from 6th February to 13th March
Riverina Academy v Canberra Raiders Development 16s and 17s in Junee on 7th March (2 games)
Riverina Academy v Melbourne Development 16s and 17s in Albury on 21st March (2 games)more

Coming Soon - Benny "Jack Reed" Whitby 5 for ...

Off Season cricketing achievements (still to come) details on Benny "Jack Reed" Whitby Firey Spell to take 5 wickets, MJK Opening the batting and Wicket Keeper , Seldo steady opener , and further News on Wayne Burgun & Sean "Crackles"Byatt Touch mudda Run, also CRLRA Wollongong News ...(Coming Soon)...more

Sam Went, Mark Daly & Tony McAlister Leaving G9 Refs...

Our Group Nine Referees will say Good Bye to key members for our up coming Season 2015, (See Below their stats and G9 Career Summary)
Sam will relocate to Manly for Employment, Mark will be Coaching the Albury Thunder League Tag Team, Tony McAlister has officially Retired (Never say never though) ...We Wish them all well and will be sorely missed (read on)more

G9 Refs Back Pack Travels O/Seas

Not content to touring the Outback in Sept/October, latest pics show and overseas trip to San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, Las Vegas Belligo and Caesars Palace Hotels...more

CMO Level 1 - Course Attended

Sat 22nd November Scott Muir, Mick Kirkman, Kale Popple, Sean Skeers, Brad Hart and Mark Hooper attended the CMO Level 1 accreditation course at Camden. Run by Pat Walsh and Willie Barnes a larger attendence of 29 featuring referees from Group 9, Group 20, Group 6 , Central Coast, Group 16, Canberra.
Special Guests NRL & NSWRL Referee Coaches Steve Clark, Steve Clapson & Phil Haines..further...more

G9 Refs Back Pack Travels - Further

After recently spotted at : Uluru, Olgas NT, Kings Canyon, Narellan now Camden...USA latest Outing ..more

G9 Refs Back Pack - Travels

G9 Referees is all about tradition, both official and unofficial...surely to take off is our G9 Refs "Back Pack - out and about" sure to send in your photos of your back pack travels, First Edition are Awesome photos taken by Dave Cullum on his recent outback travels ...Great Work Dave..more

Kapooka Nines ...

Under very hot conditions well done the following referees who contributed to making the Kapooka 9s and touchfooty day a great success: Kale Popple, Toby Popple, Nixy, Seldo, Terrence, Max, Crackles Byatt, Sean Bremer , well done !!more

2014 AGM - Positions for Season 2015

26 members and guests were in attendence for our AGM at the Wagga RSL Club last Thursday night..Read on for all Positions.more

G9 Refs 2014 Presentation Night Photos

Apologies for quality of some photos, these are the best out of 100 taken, Enjoy .,
Great end to a fantastic Season 2014....Fletch mentioned at last years G9 AGM that season 2014 was all about 'fun'and enjoying your to say we achieved that , and some...well done Enjoyable year, looking foward to 2015 !!!more

Congratulations Scott Muir G9 Refs Referee of the Year

Another great season and fantastic presentation night had by all with the following senior association awards as follows:more

2014 G9 Refs Presentation Junior Assoc .Awards

Congratulations to our Group Nine Referees Junior Association on an excellent year and special mention to Kale Popple and Terrence Jacobs for the terrific job they do each and every year, well done and great work to the following award winners.more

Sunshine Monday 2014 - Photos

Again all in good fun intended by all, great day, lots of laughs ...further photos to come...more

Photos GF 2014

All Photos taken in Good Humour and for the fun it was intended, Great Weekend and still laughing...still more photos to come...more

Congratulations Bernie Nix G9 RL Referee of the Year

Congratulations Brendon Compton G9 RL Emerging Referee Award
Well done and great effort, All the Best in your Respective GF Centres Tomorrow Sunday 28th Sept 2014more

2014 Grand Final Referee Appointments

Congratulations to the following referees for the Grand Final Appointments. (further details & Milestones see below),
Bernie Nix First Grade Grand Final
Scott Muir Reserve Grade Grand Final
Jake White 18's Grand Final
Brendon Compton 16's Grand Final
Zane Popple Ladies League Tag Grand Final
Well done and do well !!more

42 GF's Between them...History Snap shot..

McDonalds Park Equex Wagga Saturday 20th Sept 2014 were L to R , Bernie Nix, Tony Fletcher, John Hetherington, Scott Muir their history snapshot between 4 referees..100+ Years Exp refereed the last 20 Consecutive First Grade GF's, 42 G9 GF's, 1671 G9 Games, 1117 First Grade Games, 17 G9 & Association Awards, 2 life memberships..that's alot of GF Pewter Mugs ...(alot of tradition)more

GF Final Live Match Stats G9 Refs 2014

Please note snapshot of Minimum 50 Games Plus active referees of 713 that have officiated minimum of 1 Match (Centre Only)since 1906, 95% completed
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

20th Sept 2014 PF Photos..McDonalds Park Wagga

Pic 1 - LtoR Shane "Barty" Bartlett, Toby Popple, Brendon Compton, Terrence Jacobs
Pic 2 - Wayne "Boo Boo" Burgun, Jake White, Barty,
Pic 3 - Kale Popple, Matt "Seldo" Seldon, Dave Cullum
Pic 4 - Max Biles, Scott Muir, Seldo,
Pic 5 - Benny "Captn" Whitby, Bernie "Nixy" Nix, Mick "MJK" Kirkman
- Please read on --more

2014 Preliminary Final Appointments 20th Sept 2014

Congratulations to all involved and all the very best for this Saturday at McDonalds Park , Equex Centre Wagga Wagga....(Read On) ...more

Sunshine Monday 2014 - (Update)

Take a look at the playing roster for Sunshine Monday far THIS IS THE LIST that has come across the desk..IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON HERE PLEASE LET JAKE WHITE,SCOTT MUIR or SAM WENT KNOW ASAP!!
TBC - 15. Chapple , 16. Jaco (Read next page....)more

SF 2 - 2014 Sunday 14th Sept Snap Shot Photos Harris Park

Great x2 days of footy, great refereeing and touchjudge work and many laughs once again..who else... Benny "Christian Grey" Whitby & Matt "Eclipse" Seldon leading the way... read on for photos ...more photos to be added stay tuned..more

Benny Files - SF Edition,Sat 13th Sept 2014

..Please read on....Part 2 (Sunday) and Photos coming soon.....(read on) ...more

CMO - Coaching Match Official Course Registration

Level 1 at Camden on Saturday 22nd November 2014 ..further questions see Fletch DOR. (Read On)more

2014 Jnr Referee GF Appointments Nth & Sth Zones 2014

Congratulations to all Referees and Touchjudges and there GF appointments this past weekend, and from all reports some great games and excellent on-field performances from all involved - Well Done !! on..more

Appointments Semi Finals Week 2 - 2014

Congratulations and all the best for Semi Finals Week 2 of our 2014 Season. Appointments (see below)
Saturday 13th Sept 2014 @ Anzac Park Gundagai
Sunday 14th Sept 2014 @ Harris Park Waggamore

Appointments Semi Finals Week 1 - 2014

Congratulations all Referees all the very best this week,Special mentioned and well done to Referees officiating in the Semi Final Series for the first time on the respective appointment , Great Effort : Mark Daley 1st Grade Semi Final, Brad Hart 18's, Toby Popple 16's , Zane Popple & Sean Byatt League Tag Semi Finals, also very best to our Team of TJs making their Debut...more

Benny Files End of Season (of sorts)

Please enjoy the snap shots of our End of Season Dinner at the Kooringal Hotel and Rd 18 at McDonalds Park Wagga Bros vs Temora ...more

Jake & Scott Parenting 101

Please find photos and parenting tips by Jake & Scott , with both Ella and Amalee respectively ...(read on)more

Rd 18 - Brad Hart Assaulted .....

Not content for a dive bomb during Brad's warm up , the black and white prediator was not satisified until he had a couple of attempts during touchjudge work at kicks for goal ....satisfaction achieved when a piece of Brad was taken ...literally (see photos)...more

Congratulations Baby James Michael Hellowell Arrives

Message from Mick " Just thought I’d send a little update to all, as a lot of you I don’t have on facebook, or you just don’t use it,
So I’d like to announce that my fiancé gave birth to a beautiful baby boy at 1am this morning, we named him James Michael Hellowell, weighing in at 9 pounds 1 ounce and measuring at 55cm, I have attached a photo as I would like you all to see how beautiful he is "more

Rd 18 Milestones Congratulations !!!

Well Done Wayne Burgun for your 50th 18's Centre when you officiate the Coota vs Junee Match at Les Boyd Oval, Ironically the same venue Wayne refereed in his unexpected First Grade Debut (1994).
Well Done Toby Popple for your 50th Group Nine Match, when you officiate in the 16's match of the round Wagga Bros vs Temora,
Shane "Barto" Bartlett will make his Reserve Grade Debut Gundagai v Youngmore
No Sign of phantom & Burgo, now off to Tumut

Rd17 at Tumba Showground with photos updated...

Photo opportunity couldn’t be missed…when the travelling party took tourist shots of the 4 Bears Café, infamously know as a “Stop Over” point for those that are travelling to Batlow, No sign of Yogi Walker or Boo Boo Burgun, no sign of the 4 Bears Occupants either due to the closed sign , local sources tell us they are closed and away on holidays…(read on) ....more

Rd 16 Photos -- Gundagai v Albury at Anzac Park 2014

Excellent Days footy all round , slightly wet at Anzac Park , Please enjoy the snapshots....(read on for photo descriptions) ...more

2014 Annual Presentation Night Friday 10th October 2014

At Rivergum Restaurant - same venue as previous years, travelling members will be assisted with accommodation so Please advise Association Early,
Fletch - Secretary or Scott Muir Social Club when you see them at your next opportunity.more

League Tag Premiers Challenge 11th & 12th October 2014

As per Touchdown, Please notethe following: (From Tony Hardy DO Referees NRL)
The CRL is running Ladies League Tag Premiers Challenge on the weekend of the 11th & 12th October 2014 in Scone. Nominate through our Group Nine Referees Association. Referees must have been refereeing league tag in Group Nine this season, very good understanding of international League Tag laws as these will be ...more

Masters Rugby League Carnival at Young (October 2014)

Please note in your Diary the very successful Masters League Carnival is on again in Young in October , Referees will be needed...more

New Polo Shirts (information required ASAP)

Association Members, Please forward our Sizes to Fletch if you haven't already..more

350th Group Nine Match-Scott Muir Rd 16

First Grade Round 16 Gundagai vs Albury will be Group Nine Match 350,and 20 years Round (16)1994 since First Grade Debut Cootamundra vs Temora at Fisher Park - Les Boyd Oval. After some early years with injuries about 5 attempted retirements and 3 years in Sydney ,almost joining Group 20 for a season well here we are.....quick summary ..more

Extra yard ....MJK & Boo Boo Burgun and ...also...

Scene at Anderson Oval Tonight putting in the hard yards at training , MJK Kirkman and Wayne "Boo Boo" Burgun , Well Done Guys !!!
Belated Congratulations to Brad Hart and Toby Popple for their efforts at the NSWRL All Schools Carnival at Penrith recently, Brad was Appointed to the 14's Grandfinal and touch Judge for the 15's, Toby also performed very well (apologies for not having Toby's info)more

Young vs Wagga Bros Round 15 Snap Shots

Photos coming soon.....Also Congratulations Brad Hart on his Reserve Grade Debut Rd 16 Temora vs Junee at Nixon Park Temora.more

Benny Files V + Flash back photos

(Image) as the story goes the apparent expression of a traveling duo when they arrived at the Saturday venue to find all put a swinging metal sign in the wind (closed) and tumble weeds rolling across the ground...rumour has it the pair were sipping lattes across the road at the 4 Bears cafe awaiting for "Anyone" to turn up...the penny dropped they actually had to be a further 69 kms South West....more

The Benny Chronicles Final Edition Rd 14 Temora

Please enjoy the remainder of our Round 14 Temora Red Day photos....plenty more although focus as not great as the night went on...We have a New Mascot "Fred" ...will be easy to spot ...more

The Benny Chronicles ...Part V..Rd 14 Nixon Park

As Mentioned, A picture paints a thousand words, Well Take a look of these...words would not do justice to the Funniest, Fantastic day of football and socializing I've had in many season....look forward to the crazy captures...(read on) ...stay tuned more photos to come..more

Red Day - Temora vs Young Rd 14 Fantastic Day !!!!!

Red Day – Temora vs Young at Nixon Park – Fantastic Sunday 3rd August 2014.
Congratulations to the Temora Rugby League club for hosting their Red Day in supporting local cardiac care with the Temora Rugby league football club raising in the vicinity of $5000 on the day...please read on..more

Milestone and Benny Files (sort of) Part IV

Congratulations Mark Hooper for his 50th Group Nine Match achievement when he officiates the 16's between Tumut vs South City at Twickenham Sunday.

Benny Files of sorts (Benny is involved).... Red Day Nixon Park Rd 14
On the back of their last efforts at Alfred Oval Young earlier in the season ... (read on) ...more

Riverina Schoolboys RL Carnival Junee - Refs Needed

Referees needed for the Annual Riverina Schoolboys Football Carnival at Junee on Saturday 2nd August, 2014 - Referees will be PAID $15 per game. First Games start at 9am and continue throughout day, Venues will be Laurie Daley Oval, Loftus Oval, Junee Showground and Burns Park (Soccer grounds). Games will be 15 minutes each way. Referees please register on arrive at Refs Tent near LD Oval Canteen.more

Rd 13 Albury Thunder vs Wagga Bros

Great Day in Albury and Great Day of Footy , Snap Shots of Round 13 2014 at Greenfield Park ..please read on ....more

Dave Cullum's predicts the future....

After much discussion about a question Dave brought up at our Referees Meeting last Thursday Night ,by NRL Friday Night Football that very incident occurred . Question was posed that if a ball bounced in the ingoal and a defending player caught it over the dead ball line however it did not touch the ground who had made the ball dead ... fullback or the kicker..more

The Whistle Blowers Article - Courtesy WDA Website

Who'd want to be a referee - the man everybody loves to hate? Andrew McMillen talks to those prepared to make the tough calls.

North Queensland Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston has had enough. It's an hour into a rugby league game at Sydney's Parramatta Stadium one Friday evening in June and Thurston's team is menacing Parramatta's defensive line when they make a mistake, which prompts ...more

200 Club Greg Smith + Milestones

Congratulations to Greg "Smithy - Beau" Smith for his 200th Group Nine Match when he officiates South City vs Cootamundra Reserve Grade at Harris Park on Sunday. Well Done Smithy Do well,
Congratulations Terrence Jacobs upon his Reserve Grade Debut Sunday, Tumba vs Tumut at Tumba Showground, Well Done !!
Pic 1 - Smithy
Pic 2 - Terrence RHS of Zane.more

General Meeting Thursday 24th July 2014

7.30pm Start, Wagga RSL Club in the Bowlers Meeting Rooms,
All Members welcome. For those that can make it, Social Dinner just prior 6 for 6.15pm start at Bistro all welcome.more

Rd 12 Junee vs Tumba at Laurie Daley Oval 2014

Great Day of Footy, Up Tempo, Intensity, Passion, and Great Team work , Shout out to Shane "Barto" Bartlett and Benny "Too many nicknames to mention" Whitby for their Excellent assistance during First Grade ....see pics attached.....more

Benny Files IV - Snow Plough

With the Hybrid "Whitby" Express making tracks toward Cootamundra both Pilot "Captain Schooners" and Co-Pilot Sam "Liam" Went were oblivious
between them that a road sign warning Livestock ahead , may actually mean exactly that and perhaps de-accelerating may be of value ... Not until they almost had a New Occupant in the front seat that it was a warning to perhaps slow down... (read on)more

Referees Needed - Now Wed 23/07/2014 - U/14 's Cochrane Cup RL program

Referees are needed for 8 x games of RL of the 2014 Cochrane Cup RL Program at Parramore Park, Equex Centre, Wagga Wagga on THURSDAY, 17th JULY, 2014 with games commencing at 9:00am and going thru to 2:30pm.
If you are available to referee on this day; please contact me as soon as possible. Games 2 x 15min halves and finals 2 x 20min halves,10am start. Tony Fletcher - Director of Refereesmore

Update Tues 15th July + Benny Files (inc Benny) III

Congratulations Benny "Captain Schooners Diet Coke Dry July" Whitby..will referee his 50th Reserve Grade match Rd 12 when he controls the Junee vs Tumbarumba Match at Laurie daley Oval...With CMO Fletch and joining Scott Muir for his First Grade touch Line it is almost winding the clock back 10 years for Benny & Scott to the "infamous" Field Goal event...but thats at story for another onmore

Rd 10 Harris Park 2014 - Snapshots + Benny Files ...

Pic 1 - Dilemma ? Does Seldo finish his freshly purchased Ganmain pie with Sauce and Mustard before he runs out for his emergency call up for the Reserve Grade touch line, Nixy is making his decision so much easier...encouraging at least one bite...
Pic 2 - Kale and Starry , doing the best warm up stretches or shaking the tremoundous amount of Harris Park mud off their boots ....(read on)..more

95% Match Stats now completed - 108 Years of History

After almost 7 Years of research I am happy to say that I currently have around 95% data from 713 members who have centre referee in at least 1 match over the last 108 Years. With No local Competition as suspended during World War 1, and Junior football only and occassional intertown match during World War 2, it has become great reading. Next Step will be a Committee meeting ...(Read On)more

Group Nine Refs Links to Referees for SOO III 2014

Drive through Group Nine and we will claim you, however we can back the claim up on this occasion...
Congratulations to Gerard Sutton for his State Of Origin Debut when he officates in the third and deciding match next Wednesday in QLD along side Ben Cummins....Please read On....more

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


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

Refereeing decisions - At Least an 80 Year old arguement

During continued research of our Refereeing History I stumbled across the following, put to print 80 years ago, ( 29th June 1934 )to be exact...makes interesting reading...(please read on) ..more

Alfred Oval Young Rd 9 2014 - Boys in Action...

Prior to setting off for the 1hr 45 min trek (Rumours only of course...1.0hr with Hybrid Express Webber Whitby)to Young, the Wagga conditions were 8 Degrees, windy and wet....not sure how the conditions may improved as I drove in the direction of Canberra. Surprisingly, No Snow...just drizzle,light winds enough to ensure you couldn't feel 100% of your on...more

July Holiday Clinic for Referees

A Free clinic is being held for Referees in July.more

150th Group Nine Match Sam Went

Congratulations Sam on your Milestone of your 150th Group Nine Match when you blow time on at Laurie Daley Oval, Junee with his First Grade encounter between Junee vs Gundagai , Do well Sam and well done !!
I was there for your First Grade Debut when Tumba played Gundagai at Adelong, time flies....more

Benny Files - Part III 2014 (Without Benny)

Passed on by one of the many ETTG Sources.....
One Hint regarding the Referee in Question ..."Play On ".....more

Matt Seldon & Jon Burgun 18's Debut - Well Done !!

Matt will make his 18's Debut between Gundagai vs Wagga Kangaroos at Anzac Park Gundagai on Saturday 21st June 2014.
Jon will debut for his first 18's competition match in Group Nine when he officates Tumut vs Junee at Twickenham oval on Sunday,
Congratulations on your appointments , do well !!more

The Ultimate MJK Bake Off RD 7 !!! Results Are In....

..Muffin Mits at 20 Paces...Read on for the Re-Cap and the all important
Controversy" and "Video Ref" Decision ......Actually No Controversy but Now I have your attention please read on for the Re-Cap and the all important results after Round 7.....more

Benny Files - Part II 2014

Feature Piece on the latest Benny Files....Please Read On .... 2 Minutes Spare ....more

Max Biles 400th Group Nine Match Round 7 - Congratulations

Only 3 referees have Eclipsed the 400 match honour , (Tony Fletcher 688, Bernie Nix 411, Jack Castle 403) and Now Max Biles Game 400 , when he officates in the Top of the Table Clash in the 16's when the under defeated Temora Dragons play undefeated Wagga Bros. So much importance placed in this match to have a leading referee with such experience to officate in this match.... Please read on ....more

Rd 7 Nixon Park ....Snap Shots...

The Day Max "400" Biles fittingly recieved a corridor of applause as he entered Nixon Park for Game 400,well done Mate and a great day had all round, Please find snap shots attached.....Mick MJK Kirkman, Dave Cullum, Nathan Starr, Toby Popple....I was the one with the none of me...Great Day, Lots of Laughs, Great Footy, Bring on Round 8....more

Referee History Snapshot/s

17th July 1938 - "An Historic Whistle" - Connected with Early Days.
Times of the Early days of Rugby League in Wagga were revived when the Referee of the Magpies - Waratahs match, Austin Jones, used a Whistle which had been presented to him by the late William Archer. Mr Archer with the late Tom O'Farrell and the late Edward Tonkin, founded Rugby League Football in Wagga....Please Read on ....more

Getting in Early - Post Grandfinal Mystery Bus Trip

Our Group Nine Referees Social Committee are getting in early for our planned Season Recovery,(Post Grandfinal Mystery Bus Trip) or loosely known as Mad Monday planned for Monday 29th Sept 2014...(Please read on)more

It's Back Unofficial Ear to the Ground Alias Benny Files

After some time the unofficial ETTG or also know as the seemingly Benny Files.....(please read on) also refer disclaimer .....Please note that Ear to the Ground is generally a witty, non serious joke of stories as told by members of the association.
It is in no way reflects the views of any individual or the association and should be taken in a light hearted unoffensive manner.more

MJK Bake Off .....what have we created ......

A journey to Memorial Park, Batlow on a winter’s day started all this....please read onmore

Mark Daly 100th First Grade Game + Milestones

Congratulations Mark Daly - 100th First Grade Match Gundagai vs Tumbarumba at Anzac Park , Gundagai (See live Stats for 100 Club and milestones)
Jon Burgun - 16's Debut Tumut vs Young @ Twickenham Oval, Tumut
WELCOME BACK - Sean "Crackles" Byatt , Resuming his Refereeing Career in his League Tag Debut with Tumut vs Young... Good Luck !more

NSW Country vs City Police Match @ McDonalds Park Wagga

Congratulations to Bernie Nix Referee and Touch Judges Brad Hart & Toby Popple for their Representative appointment when officiating in the Country vs City Police Match in Wagga on Wednesday. From all report Very Well Done !! Great Effort !!more

14th Referees Debut 2014

Congratulations Mark Hooper League Tag Wagga Bros vs Young, Shane Bartlett for his 18's Debut Tumut vs Albury and Matt Fitzgerald League Tag Debut Temora vs Kangaroos. Both Mark & Matt require one more leaguetag game to overtake Rookie LTag Referees Bernie Nix (2) Jake White (2) Scott Muir (2) Kale Popple (1) Andrew Smith (1)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

Unofficial Travelling Refereeing Wilburys

Courtesy of the Wagga Motors Taxi, Wagga's newly formed unofficial members of the "Travelling Wilbury's" Departed 7.30am on Mothers day (that's another story)for the 150 kms Journey North East in search of Alfred Oval Young ...(Please read on)more

Bidgee Selection Referee Appointments (Congratulations)

Congratulations and all the best to the following Referees on their Representative Appointments:
(see Next Tab)more

G9 Referee/s of the Round (3) 2014 + Milestones

Huge effort once again from All referees due to shortage of numbers and late changes.

(Website Editors Personal Opinion only upon viewing last weeks rounds.)more

Anderson Oval 6pm Tuesday's Refs Training Update

All Welcome to Refs Training which has now kicked off at Anderson Oval, Glenfield Rd. 6pm start, Finish around 7-7.15pm.
We Appreciate there is plenty on with Touch footy, work commitments etc so if you can make it all good. Tonights Session were great, actually not quite correct ....Read On...more
MJK Batch of Betty Crocker Triple Choc Brownies Rd 2

MJK Batch of Triple Choc Brownies Rd 2

MJK alias Mick Kirkman batched up his special Betty Crocker Triple Choc Brownies for Round 2 for the Boys at Equex on Sunday, Well Done Mick 9.5 out of 10.
Sorry but there can only be one "Nadia Moment" in our Group Nine History.
Speaking of History there was almost a Phantom Hot Chips ,Gravy and Coke EWO Moment....(read on) ...more

2014,9th Referee to Debut Matt Shannon Congratulations

Well Done to another of our Wagga Junior Referees who have stepped into our Senior Group Nine Competition with Matt Shannon Centre Debut when he Referees the Temora vs Albury League Tag match, Well Done Matt !!more
Sam Went Scott Muir Ben Whitby

Rd 1 Game 1 2014 Anzac day at Robbo Oval

Fantastic Day and well done to the organisers for the dual event with both Group Nine & RFL Games.
Special Note Scott , Sam & Ben donated their Match Fees to the Charity of the Day, Wagga Sub Branch of the RSL.
Brian Walker and John Hetherington Vietnam Veterans enjoyed their day with John Umpa Hetherington Tossing the coin for the Kick off of the Wagga Kangaroos vs Wagga Bros match.more

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
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

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

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

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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