Jayden Steanes and Lachie James Ref at Origin 1

Well done to both Jayden Steanes and Lachie James who represented the association Refereeing the Mini Games at State of Origin Game 1 at ANZ Stadium in front of 82,000 people. Well done Boys.

NRL Referee for a Day

On Sunday the 19th I was asked to go to Homebush to spend a day with NRL referees.  I accepted and on Wednesday the 22nd I was picked up by Matt Noyen, an NRL and NYC (Holden Cup) referee at 5:45 in the morning.  We got to Homebush at 6:30 and it was freezing (8 degrees).

At 7:00 we began doing some fitness work. We started off doing 20 meter sprints for 10 minutes, and then we moved on doing some shuttles for 1 minute for 16 minutes 1 minute on, 1 minute rest. We then moved on as a group to do work on spotting forward passes as a touch judge. That was the end of the fitness session.

I went to a café with Matt and a few other referees  to look on what went wrong at the game and what he (Matt Noyen) did right. We had some breakfast there and then left the café to go to ANZ stadium where there is a private room just for referees. It was massive and full of computers and smart boards. We stayed there for 30 minutes to recover and other referees had some breakfast.

We then went downstairs into a gym just for the referees were I did some lifting, chin ups, push-ups and went on the bike. The session took an hour to complete. When the second group of referees went in we waited upstairs in the referees meeting room.

The second group came back and then we went down into the change rooms of the Bulldogs. We had a massage, a shower and I tried to go in the ice bath (which was obviously freezing). I had a look around at all the sheds, ran through the tunnel (pretending I was a rugby league player) and went into the referees sheds. I got a lift from Shayne Hayne from the sheds to the referee’s room where we found that he had a flat tyre, so Shayne and I had to change it. After changing his tyre we went to the meeting room, where we were debriefed on the weekend’s  games.

It was a great day with lots of laughs and a great insight to what refs do. I would like to say thank you to Luke Eisenhauer for nominating me to go, Mum and Dad for letting me go and having a day off school, Matt Noyen  for taking me and showing me around, Matt Cecchin for giving me a jersey and also all the referees that made the day so enjoyable.  Thankyou boys.

Lachie James

Friendly in touch with grassroots (Manly Daily, 11 Jun 2013)


THE man known far and wide as Friendly has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to junior rugby league and touch football on the peninsula.

Picture: SIMON COCKSEDGE Retired policeman Brian Friend is a junior rugby league coach.

Former water policeman Brian Friend, of Avalon, is chairman of the Metropolitan North Retired Police Association and chairman of the Retired Water Police Association.

But it is his work as a junior rugby league coach and manager at the northern end of the peninsula since the 1960s and as founder or co-founder of several touch football associations that he is best known.

“It’s not about one person. I’ve been fortunate inmy life to be surrounded by good people,” he said.

When he reached his mid-30s, Mr Friend’s lifelong passion for rugby league was swapped for a gentler touch football at Manly with the likes of Rex Mossop and Bob Fulton.

“Then me and two others came to Rat Park in 1983 and formed our comp,” he said.

“Pretty soon we had 52 teams, including women’s.”

4 Newly Graded Members for Season 2013

The Board of the NSWRLRA would like to congratulate the following Members on being graded on the 15th of May 2013:

Faye Breslin Number 967

Josh McGowan Number 968

Todd Smith Number 969 and

Reece Williams 970

Junior Rep Season Finishes on a High

The 2013 Junior Rep Season has finished on a high for our Manly Referees in the NSWRL Junior Representative Squad who officiate in the Harold Matthews Cup and the SG Ball Cup.

Manly Referee Todd Smith was appointed to Referee the Harold Matthews Cup Grand Final between South Sydney and Parramatta and Bevan Bourke was appointed as the In Goal Judge for the SG Ball Grand Final between the Penrith Panthers and Balmain Tigers.

Congraulations to both Todd and Bevan on your achievements. Congratulations also to Jack Hislop who had his first year in the Junior Representative Squad and to Laurie Lawira who also officiated this year in Junior Reps.

Jayden Steanes Referees at Manly v Newcastle NRL Game

Junior Referee Jayden Steanes recently Refereed at Half Time of the NRL Fixture between the Manly Sea Eagles and Newcastle Knights at Brookvale Oval on Sunday 17th March.

Jayden also met the NRL Referees for that game, last year's NRL Grand Final Referee Ben Cummins and Chris James.

If any other Junior Referees would be interested in Refereeing the Half Time Fixtures at NRL Games at Brookvale Oval this season please contact Todd Smith - todd@nswrlacademy.com.au

Congratulations Matt Noyen - NRL Debut

Congratulations to Manly Referees Member Matt Noyen who made his NRL Debut as a Touch Judge in the Round 3 Game between the Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium.

Matt is a member of the Part Time NRL Squad after a very successfull 2012 Season in which he Refereed the VB NSW Cup Grand Final on NRL Grand Final Day at ANZ Stadium.


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