Referees Create History
It’s been a history creating weekend for the referees at the 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie.
The 2013 event sees a record number of referees officiating at the event, with close to 350 referees taking part in the Junior State Cup.
The event also sees a new look for the referees, wearing the new Touch Football Australia uniform for the first time.
New South Wales Touch Association Technical Director, Ian Matthew says that seeing as many referees take part in the event as there is, is great to see.
“It shows a lot about the development and recruitment of our referees over the past couple of years with the Referee Recruitment and Retention Program courses. That’s been very strong as well as what we’ve been doing with the coaching and that kind of stuff at regional and park level, that’s worked really well for us and it all comes together at this event with so many juniors, there’s 148 Level One referees,” Matthew said.
“Most of our top end referees now are young. They’ve come out of the TRYS (Talented Referee Youth Squad) program, there are young referees that are here that will be going to nationals as well, they’ve gone from TRYS to elite refereeing basically.”
The event also sees a number of interstate referees taking part, with referees attending the event from as far away as the ACT, Victoria, South Australia and even New Zealand.
The New South Wales Junior State Cup event and the WA State Championships event, also on this weekend in Perth, is the first opportunity that the new referee uniforms have been worn and the uniform can be seen in the website photo to the side of this story.
Matthew says that there has been a positive response to the uniform.
“It’s going down really well, everyone is pretty happy with it, just the change away from the red and blue diamonds, that’s been out for about 15-20 years I suppose.”