“Refereeing has given me the confidence to make a decision based on what I have seen and to then stick with it.”
What was it that got you into refereeing?
When watching rugby matches and playing myself I always thought that refereeing looked like a fun way to get more involved with rugby. However, I never thought of it as an option until the Guernsey tag rugby festival said it was looking for some more referees. So, I thought Id give it go!
What’s the most rewarding thing about being a referee?
I think there are three things. Firstly, an improved knowledge of the Laws of rugby as this is useful when I play. Secondly, being able to facilitate fair and fun rugby matches and finally being involved in different aspects of rugby.
Show us your favourite refereeing photo
This is a photo of me being a touch judge during the Easter 7’s festival in Guernsey. The Festival was great fun with the GRA and secondary school teams playing. This festival was also the first time I refereed a contact rugby match.
Tell us about your local refereeing society
There’s no official Referee Society but we have the Guernsey Association.
There’s a large number of referees in Guernsey. They range from the newly qualified, right the way through to coaches and ex-players who have been involved with rugby all their lives. It has been great meeting and learning from the more experienced officials.
What’s refereeing done for you personally?
Refereeing has given me the confidence to make a decision based on what I have seen and to then stick with it. I’ve learnt to improve my refereeing by listening to the more experienced officials and taking their advice and tips.