Referee Round Initiative in South Australia

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Round 9 of the Coopers Premiership saw the new South Australian Rugby Union (SARU) initiative, “Club Appointed Referee Round”, in which Clubs appoint Match Officials for the U12 and Fourth Grade fixtures, for Rounds 9, 10 and 16. This initiative was rolled out to help facilitate the growing competition.

To assist promote the referee-themed round, Super Rugby Referee Andrew Lees traveled to Adelaide to referee the match of the round, Burnside vs Port Adelaide at Parkinson Oval. The match turned out to be a great game of rugby with a good crowd seeing the home time win out 28-21.

The South Australian Rugby Union Referees Association (SARURA) along with SARU have been striving for all participants to the game to have a positive experience, whether that be playing, officiating or spectating. In order to provide this positive experience, we ask that everyone respects the game we all love and continue to show our support to the game for all. 

Congratulations to the 12 club participants who undertook the Level 1 Referee Course and the 30 participants who completed their Level One Touch Judge Course.  This was the first step to assisting our new Match Officials in taking the step to officiating. Thank you to all Clubs who helped support this initiative and to the Referee Coaches who gave feedback and assistance to all the new officials and to those who responded to the call and gave officiating a go.

New club referees who were appointed to matches on 21st June included Caleb Whitton, Ronan Eaton, Henry Grebenshikoff, Nathan Evans, Tim Cooper and Callum Walton.

SARU would like to thank Andrew Lees for joining with SARU on this campaign and for his guidance and support to the referees, and to the South Australian Referees Association for supporting the initiative.