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  • 1. REF’S CALL Issue 2, July 2011Welcome to ‘REF’S CALL’, the newsletter forNZRL Match Officials.Features of this issue include: First Grade NRL debutsfor Shane Rehm and Henry Perenara, SPARC’s PrimeMinister’s Scholarship, the upcoming nationalcompetitions, Hearts Camps and a profile on BrookesStewart.Kiwis make first grade debutCongratulations to Shane Rehm and Henry Perenara, whorecently made their NRL first grade debuts as a touch judge andreferee respectively.Shane made his NRL debut as a touch judge in the Warriors vsStorm match on 26 June while Henry had the whistle in theRoosters vs Raiders match on 4 July.Shane said his debut was a very rewarding experience:“The speed of the game and decision-making was very fast and,being a touch judge, I was closer to the crowd which was noisybut fun.”Shane has received a Prime Minister‟s Scholarship from SPARC,which enables him to continue his development as a MatchOfficial and pursue a pathway to a NRL contract.The scholarship provides travel opportunities to Australia, wherehe officiates in the NSW Cup or Toyota Cup. Shane then stays fora couple of days with the NRL squad to take part in video re-views, training programmes and skill sessions.Henry, a former NRL first-grader and Kiwi Test Representative,has made a successful transition from player to Match Official,and is part of the NRL‟s full-time squad. (Photos courtesy of Photosport) Proudly sponsored by Samurai Sportswear 521 Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland T: (09) 828 7430 W:
  • 2. REF’S CALL (continued) National competitions approaching What’s coming up? 18-20 July 16s and 18s High Performance CampThe national calendar heats up in August, with some big com- (Puketawhero Park, Rotorua)petitions taking place across the country. 22-26 AugustThe National Secondary Schools competition will be held at National Secondary Schools Tournament (Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura)Bruce Pulman Park, Auckland, from 22-26 August. 27 August-16 OctoberIt promises to be an exciting tournament, with some top National Zone CompetitionRugby League schools in NZ confirming their entries. (15s, 17s and Premier Grade) 30 September & 8 OctoberThe NZRL National Competition starts on 28 August, and will NZ 18s vs Australian Schoolboysfeature the best 15s, 17s and Premier players across the (Venues TBC)seven NZRL Zones. Seven rounds will be played, culminatingin the finals for all grades on 16 October. 15 October NZ Maori 16s vs QLD Academy (Venue TBC)Ray Bourke (Waikato District Co-ordinator) has been added tothe NZRL Appointments Panel in preparation for these 16 Octobercompetitions. NZ vs Australia Test Match Junior Kiwis vs Junior Kangaroos (Ausgrid Stadium, Newcastle)If you want to be nominated for appointments to any of thesecompetitions, you must meet the NZRL criteria. Speak to your 18 OctoberDistrict Referees Co-ordinator or email for NZ 16s vs QLD Academymore information. (Venue TBC) Good attendance at Hearts CampsMatch Officials have been well-represented at recent Hearts Camps,with good numbers attending to improve their development.All officials (coaches, managers, trainers and match officials) are givena briefing about the upcoming National Competition, before splittingup into separate workshops relevant to their role.During the Match Officials workshop, participants are told what isrequired of them to officiate in national competitions. Each zone hasinput into the workshop to suit the needs of their officials.So far, camps have included game-related scenarios, discussionaround decision-making during a match and fitness tests.Referees and Touch Judges are then rotated during the U15 and U17trials, in order to give everyone some ‟game time‟ and a chance toimpress.The final remaining Hearts Camps are: Mid Central (17 July atPalmerston North) and Wellington (24 July at Lower Hutt). Proudly sponsored by Samurai Sportswear 521 Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland T: (09) 828 7430 W: Page 2
  • 3. REF’S CALL (continued) Set of six—Brookes Stewart (Northland) Each edition we will profile a promising Match Official across each of the seven NZRL Zones to discuss their involvement in Rugby League. This month‟s “set of six” features Brookes Stewart of Northland. BROOKES STEWART—Northland When did you start as a Match Official? November 2010. How did you get involved in officiating? My father was a referee when I was younger—my brother and I used to be his touch judges. I loved it and thought „I want to do this at some stage when I‟m older.‟ What do you enjoy most about it? Knowing that I am giving something back to the game I love. Your highlights so far as a Match Official? I recently refereed the first and second placed teams in the local competition up here in Northland. Best advice you’ve been given as a Match Official? Trust your instincts and don‟t be hesitant. How would you encourage others to get involved? You just need to have an interest in sport. It‟s great for fitness and if you have the right attitude, you will have a lot of fun on and off the field. If you‟re looking for a challenge, the NZRL have great systems and pathways, from mini-mod games to internationals. Go for it! Know the rules Contact us When is the ball legally „out‟ of a scrum? Visit for further information and contact details for District Co-ordinators. A) When the halfback has possession of the ball B) When the ball is picked up by the lock/loose Until next time—be fair, be consistent and good luck! forward at the back of the scrum C) When the ball emerges from between and Marc Harris behind the feet of the second row of forwards NZRL Referees Manager T: (09) 571 3855 E: Answer: C Proudly sponsored by Samurai Sportswear 521 Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland T: (09) 828 7430 W: Page 3