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Junior refs heed the call in the Central Highlands

NEW BREED: Central Highlands Junior Rugby Union referees Mace Hartley, Henry Schaumburg, Tony O’Regan, Huck Thornberry, Jason King, Josh Johnston and Connor Jones with referee coach Paul Jones.
NEW BREED: Central Highlands Junior Rugby Union referees Mace Hartley, Henry Schaumburg, Tony O’Regan, Huck Thornberry, Jason King, Josh Johnston and Connor Jones with referee coach Paul Jones. Contributed

YOUNG referees around the region were heeding the call to take up the whistle as the demand for more rugby union officials in the region continued to rise.

Central Highlands Junior Rugby Union referee co-ordinator Paul Jones said scrum safety was a fundamental part of their instruction.

Training also covered positioning on field, running lines and the ability to offer players the best opportunity to prevent infringements and thereby prevent stoppages.

"This process ensures consistency, both within and between referees, so that players, spectators and coaches fully enjoy the game." Paul Jones.

Many of the region's junior referees had already taken their officiating to higher levels, with grand final and representative level appointments. Jones said there were a number of pathways for those who wanted to pursue referring later in their career.

"Two of our referees, Tony O'Regan and Connor Jones, have been appointed at Junior State Championship level. It was a great experience and a fitting reward for the work they've put in," he said.

Refereeing is also a handy little earner for the youngsters, with officials paid per game and payment increasing as accreditation levels were attained.

For more information on becoming a referee, phone Paul Jones on 0428 103 923.


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