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GROUP 4’s addresses qualified referees shortage

Picture: Group 4 Rugby League Referee's Association

GROUP 4 is hoping its shortage of qualified referees will be addressed shortly.

The NRL in conjunction with the Group 4 Referees Association will be running courses in Tamworth and Gunnedah, advised NRL Referee Development Officer Ryan Schmiedel.

The young Group 4 referee pleaded with all clubs within Group 4 to advertise the courses strongly “as the 2020 Season for the Association is looking very dire with numbers".

“Group 4 RA currently have 12 members registered to cover all games throughout Group 4

– juniors and seniors," Mr Schmiedel added.

“We need some serious recruitment happening so we can cover all games with qualified


“If persons that wish to become referees don’t want to do seniors, they can

just elect to do junior games at their respective grounds."


A Foundation 1 Referee Course will be held at the West Tamworth Leagues Club on February 15 while Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club will host another course on March 21.

Registration fees to the Association are Under 18’s $25 and Over 18’s $100.

This covers insurance and affiliation fees, this also entitles them to the full uniform of the Association.

Match payments for 2020 are: First grade referee $150, touch judge $75, Reserve grade

ref $100, touch judge $50, Under 18 ref $70, touch judge $30, ladies league tag ref $50

touch judge $30.

More information can be obtained from to register or for more


Should any Clubs or Persons have any questions or seek any further information, please

don’t hesitate to contact the association at or Ryan Schmiedel at or 0436 925055.


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