PresentationNight Pics to follow ...

stay tuned for photos of our fantastic Presentation night ...more

GF Social Weekend Pics to follow....

Stay tuned for photos of our family day and Sunshine Monday pics...more

Group Nine Grandfinal Referee Pics 2017

Special Thanks for the photos taken by Crane Photography and Wagga Daily Advertiser photos and WaggawaggaTV.more

2017 - Grand Final Live Match Stats G9 Refs

Please note snapshot of active referees that have officiated minimum of 1 Match (Centre Only)since 1906,
# Life Member - Active On Field
# Active Off Field Only within G9/Assoc
* League Tag not played during Career
# Not yet made Senior Centre Debut
Ret - Retiredmore

Refs Assoc Official 1st Grade Referee Number 2017

Please find your Official First Grade Referee number.more

2017 G9 GF Referees - Our Teams profile

please find a summary of our Referee teams in action..more

2017 Pre-lim finals pics


2017 Grand final weekend social activities

Social Committee welcome our members, family and friends to the following social events this coming Group Nine Grandfinal weekend - Social Committee Scott, MJK & Jake ,more

2017 - Grand Final Referee Appointments 2017

Tony Fletcher DOR & his coaching team have announced the Group 9 Referee appointments for this Saturday/Saturday night 9th Sept 2017 ..Well done and enjoy , ...pls read on ..more

2017 - Preliminary Final Referee Appointments

All the best for Referees officiating at the Group Nine Preliminary Final at McDonalds Park Equex Wagga... See Below Good luck ,more

G9JRL Nth & Sth Grand Finals 2017 Referee Appointments

Congratulations to all Referees and touch judges officiating in the Northern Zone Grand Finals @ John Cullen Young & Southern Zone Grand finals at McDonalds Park Wagga Wagga. Please read on for appointments...more

Milestones - Family Game Day Combinations

Our Group Nine Referees Association is not that different to one big footy club ,This Sunday we will see no less than x4 Families active on the one day at Harris Park Wagga during the Major Semi final.
Scott & Sarah-Jane "SJ" Muir ,
Mick & Connor Kirkman
Kale & Toby Popple
Shane & Jayda Bartlett
With there extended family (everyone else) will be an awesome day !more

SF - Series Week 2 2017 Referee Appointments

Congratulations and best of luck for Week 2 of our Group Nine Semi Finals , see full appointments below.more
Jake White & Scott Muir

SF Series Week 1 2017 Referee Appointments

Congratulations and all the best for all involved in this weekends refereeing appointments at Tumut Saturday Elimination SF and Gundagai Sunday for Qualifying Semi Final...appointments to follow..
Congratulations Brad Baker 50th Group Nine game with his 16's Qualifying Semi Final at Anzac Park this Sunday , Young vs Gundagai.more

Rd 18 Milestones Jake White 1st Grade 100

Congratulations to Jake White for his 100th First Grade Match this weekend when he officiates the top game of Wagga Kangaroos vs Albury at McDonald's Park Wagga, Also at McDonald's Park Wayne Burgun will officiate his 150th Group Nine match when he officiates Wagga Kangaroos vs Albury 16's top of the table , 1 vs 3.more

Photo Snap shots Rd 14-16

recent photos around the grounds ...more photos to be uploaded this week..more

Southn Referees Academy at Narooma 23-24 Sept

FYI and attendance at the Southern Referees Academy at the Inland View Beach Resort,7323 Princes Highway, Narooma NSW 2546 on Saturday, 23/09/2017 and Sunday, 24/09/2017more

Rd 17 G9 Ref Appointmts - Ben Whitby Game 250 !!

Congratulations to our 3rd Most Capped Active Referee Benny Whitby who will run on for his 250th Group nine match with his Temora vs South City Reserve Grade top of the table match. Enjoy Benny, your on track to catch Fletch...
Good luck for your Round 17 appointments , with our Referees officiating at the annual Junee Carnival , All Senior appointments will be on Sunday 5th August. (read on ....)more

2017 G9 Referees Presentation Night

Change of Venue: International Hotel & Restaurant Wagga Wagga, (Joel & Rebecca Berrigan).Accommodation available , locked in for Saturday 16th Sept for 6.30 for 7pm start. Another wonderful event will be planned and for your enjoyment. RSVP details to keep an eye out in touchdown , from Fletch.more

Group 9 RL 2017 Final Series are the following

SF - Saturday 12th August for Sth and North zones, Wagga & Gundagai
PF - Saturday 19th August for Sth and Nortn Zones , Tumba & Boorowa
Grand Finals : 26th August for Southern and Northern Zones ,
Wagga and Young. If you are not available for appointment on any of these dates or G9 Senior dates as previous listed please advise Secretary/Director ASAP.more

Annual Riverina Schoolboys Football Carnival

At Junee this coming Saturday 5th of August. Wagga Junior Referees are taking across good numbers, please get in touch with Kale Popple, Dave Cullum, Terrence Jacobs or Mick Kirkman for details. Referees will be paid and first game 9am sharp. Enjoy !more

Revised Appointments Rd 16 @ Les Boyd Oval Coota

From Fletch DOR
FYI - and the "revised" appointments for the Cootamundra v Albury at Les Boyd Oval, Cootamundra on Sunday, 30/07/2017 are now as follows:-
1. Leaguetag @ 12:00noon - Referee: Abraham Daly. TJs: Tim Maloney and Wayne Burgun.
2. Reserves @ 1:00pm - Referee: Brad Hart. TJs: Tim Maloney and Wayne Burgun.
3. 1st Grade @ 2:30pm - Referee: Shane Bartlett. TJs: Brad Hart and Tim Maloney.more

2017 Rd 16 Referee Apppointments

Rd 16 Appointments are out, All games kicking off at 11am, Good luck and Enjoy (see below)more

Rd 15 G9 Referee Appointments

Good Luck everyone for Round 15 - See Below ..more

Rd 13 Wrap Up Photos Batlow & Junee 2017

Great weekend of footy all round, Junee & Batlow photos , be sure to ask the Batlow team of their adventures , courtesy of Sean "Crackles" Byatt tour tips & recommendations... !! Batlow did not disappoint however not as cold as the orginal Betty Crocker Crew outing in 2011 , however did not exceed 5 degrees...all day !!more

Rd 14 Referee Appointments 15th & 16th July 2017

DOR - Fletch has announced Round 14 appointments also, see below.more

Rd 13 Referee Appointments 8th & 9th July 2017

Good Luck for the weekend & Enjoy : See Belowmore

Rd 13 Milestones - Sean Skeers Game 250 !

Congratulations Sean Skeers for Game "250" during his Wagga Bros vs Albury match @ McDonalds Park Wagga. Brad Hart Game "50" , Mick Hellowell Game "50" , Doug Quinn Group 9 Debut with his League Tag Centre @ Nixon Park Temora, Welcome back Muzza after some time off. Welcome Angus Doolan with his Referees Exchange at Junee.more

74th Annual Riverina Schoolboys Football Carnival

Referees and Touch judges are needed for the Annual Riverina Schoolboys Football carnival to be held at Junee on Saturday 5th August 2017.more

Association General Meeting - Thursday 20th July

Our Group Nine Referees next General Meeting will be held on Thursday 20th July 2017 at the Wagga RSL Club in the Bowlers Room with a 7.30pm start. All welcome to attend.more

Rd 12 Milestones - Kale Popple Game 100

Well done to Kale for his achievement of 100 Games, a week after son Tobby achieved this milestone. Kale will officiate at McDonalds Park in his 16's Wagga Kangaroos vs South City Bulls, Enjoy !more

Rd 12 Referee Appointments 2017 1st & 2nd July


Group 6 Exchange - Road Trip to Campbelltown Stadium

Surely now set in stone , Fantastic Group Exchange between Group 9 and Group 6 , hoping our Western Sydney Team Mates enjoyed their time at Young also.
See Below the behind the scenes of our Trip away...more

Milestones & Group 6 Exchange Rd 11

Congratulations Toby Popple for Game 100 this weekend when he officiates Tumut vs Junee match at Twickenham Oval. Enjoy Mate !
ROAD TRIP - Group 9 Refereeing Team of Scott Muir , Mick Kirkman, Sean Byatt , Ben Whitby , Connor Kirkman, Luke Brown , officiating City Kangaroos vs Picton Magpies at Campbelltown Stadium ..stand by for our G6 team refereeing Young vs South City top of the table clash..more

Round 10 Snapshot Group 9

MND Round for Group Nine Referees , around the groundsmore

This weekend NRL Referees Back to Juniors Round 2017

NRL Match Officials or Coaching staff "may" visit when you least expect it . An Initiative introduced by the NRL to support grass roots rugby league. Thanks to NRL and have a good weekend of footy, you never know who may be watching.
Introduce yourself if you get a chance and get some selfies and send them to nswrlrasocialmedia@gmail.commore

G9 Refs Support - Blue socks for MND Big Freeze Rd

Blue socks for MND Big Freeze round in Riverina on 17th/18th June
Well Done to Mick Kirkman for arranging for our Group Nine Referees , MND story below courtesy of The Border Mail.more

2017 Origin Appointment I & II for Brett Suttor

Our "unofficial" adopted Group 9 Referees association member & NRL Referee local Brett Suttor has been appointed to State Of Origin 1 now SOO2 , Brett who has been very generous with his time and support of our Group 9 referees , we wish him all the best and all our support for a great game and series, well deserved !
Referees Matt Cecchin & Gerard Sutton, TJ's Brett Suttor & Chris Butlermore

Rd 10 Milestones 2017

Congratulations Kale Popple (Round 9) for his First Grade Debut during the Temora vs Tumbarumba Match at Nixon Park Temora,
Matt Shannon 50th Group Nine game and 50th League Tag match . Wayne Burgun will chalk up his 50th 16's Centre, please see leader board below. ..more

Rd 10 - Referee Appointments 2017

DOR - Fletch has released Rd 10 Appointments . Good Luck read on and also below .. First Grade : South City vs Coota - Sean Skeers, Junee vs Albury Jake White, Tumba vs Wagga Bros - Mick Kirkman , Wagga Kangaroos vs Young - Shane Bartlett , Gundagai vs Tumut - Scott Muir , ...more

G9 Refs Training Resumes at Parramore Park 14th June

Seniors Training will resume next week at Parramore Park 6pm-7pm , (WEDNESDAY 14th JUNE),Now every Wednesday ,This may well interfere with the odd Judiciary hearing,however Tuesdays were booked and given the High traffic area of Anderson Oval now days on Tuesday-Thursday ,this was the best venue and day until further notice...more

Jnrs Round up and Weekend Review

Fantastic Day, Wagga Jnrs on Sat (3rd of June) , with the Referees I was very fortunate to run along side Super Efforts !!!
I was very excited and very happy for the following referees for their best on-field performances I've seen from them this season !
Well Done Sean Bremer , Tristan Jacobs & SJ Muir . Dave Cullum, Terrence Jacobs, Kale Popple & Mick MJK Kirkman are doing an awesome job!!more

2017 - Rd 9 Referee Appointments

Fletch DOR, has announced Rd 9 Group 9 Referee appointments see attached - Good Luck & Enjoy !more

Rd 8 Summary - pics

Well done to all involved for their Tony Young Cup, Rep Duties and competition rounds commitments.more

Tony Young Cup - Round 8 Young vs Coota

Referee/Touch Judge appointments are as follows:-
1.1st Grade - Referee: Sean SKEERS. Touch Judges: James Wells and Zac Whytcross.
Please note that Mrs Mitzie Young is going to the game on Saturday, 27/05/2017 and will be presenting the trophy cup at the completion of the 1st Grade game.
All the best for Saturday.more

Red Day 2017 - G9 Refs

Another Great Red day , for Red Day refereeing team members Fletch, Scott Muir, Ben Whitby , Dave Cullum & MJK Mick Kirkman it was their 4th annual involvement, this season Probationary Red Day Ref member (2nd year in row) Sean Byatt, Sarah SJ Muir and Luke Brown joined the day. $1000 raised from our Referees Match fee donations and NRL OnField Referees Jumper auction.more

Milestones - 200 Club Jake White

Congratulations Jake White for joining our 200 Club with his clash at McDonalds Park , Wagga Kangaroos vs Tumut .
Jake (200) joins other active members Ben Whitby (241) Sean Skeers (245) Scott Muir (402).

James Wells from all reports went very well during his Reserve Grade Debut .

Zac McDonald makes his 50th Appearance at Touch judge at Anzac Park,more

Country Championships Appointments G9 Referees

Congratulations to the following Referees Sean Byatt, Sarah J Muir, Tim Maloney, Tayla Guadie , Dennis Foster for the representative appointments with at Ron Crowe Oval this weekend. All Appointments Below.more

2017 Rd 7 Appointments - Red Day


Milestones Rd 7 2017

Well done to James Wells Reserve Grade Debut , Abb Daley First Grade touch line debut, Sean Crackles Byatt N0 1 League Tag Referee ,
Youngest First Grade Referee Team & (Most Experience) Referee team ...
Please read on ...more

Milestones Rd 6 + Changing of our Referee Ranks

Congratulations to Jayda Bartlett for her Group G9 Centre & LTag debut in Rd5, Welcome Isaac Cornell to our Senior ranks with his debut League Tag match Roos vs Bros , a tick over 2 decades since his father Hayden did the same with our G9 Assoc.
With our most senior on field referee Max Biles transferring to G20 , after Nixy GF 2016, our New Team senior team reads likes this ..(Pls read on)..more

Max Biles - 450 Group Nine Games Rd 5 - Well Done !

Well Done Max on a Terrific Effort to click over 450 Group Nine games this weekend, holding the association record for most capped Reserve Grade fixtures is a outstanding achievement also . Enjoy this weekend !more

Rd 4 Pics Saturday Jnrs + Snrs 2017

well done to all involved on a big day's footy at Wagga Equix juniors and great company at Seniors @ McDonalds Park Wagga Wagga. (Pics to follow) ..more

Game 400 & 450 coming up for Scott Muir & Max Biles

Round 4 will see Scott Muir officiate his 400th Group Nine Game, Round 5 will see Max Biles Officiate his 450th Group Nine Game.
(See Below a summary and commentary around their careers) both kicking off Season 1993 & 1992 respectively. ..please read on..more

Shayne Hayne NRL Methodology Clinic Success

After 328 NRL matches - including four grand finals - as well as 14 State of Origins, the three-time Col Pearce Medal winner , visited Wagga International Hotel to deliver the new Referee Methodology presentation on Thursday 13th April 2017. A huge success for all attending.more

2017 - Rd 3 Appointments & Milestones + pics Rd 2

Welcome Isaac Cornell on your TJ Debut at McDonalds Park Wagga, Isaac continues a well followed path of our Group Nine Referees Association with Hayden Cornell a Group Nine first grade referee x2 decades earlier. Abb Daley made his league Tag Debut Rd 2 to also join his Father Mark Daley one of our Leading First Grade Referees of recent seasons. Clem Read League Tag Debut good luck all (see below)more

Round 2 - Appointments & Milestones Rd 1 pics

Milestones Rd 1 , 2017
Kymmy Brain - Debut 18's Rd 1 @ Gundagai vs Young , over a decade since Bec Maher 16's, Tristan Jacobs - Rd 1 Tj 16's @ Junee G9 Seniors Debut.
Round 2 - Sean Skeers - 50th First Grade game (Tumut vs Temora)Zac McDonald G9 Debut League Tag Young vs Junee ,Abraham Daley G9 Debut League Tag Albury vs Wagga Bros ,Josh Hardman G9 Debut TJ Roos vs Gundagai ,Luke Hartley G9more

Round 1 - 2017 Appointments Group Nine Referees

Congratulations and welcome to the New Season Round 1 2017 - Our Appointments from Director of Referees Fletch.
New sequence of games each day ,Under 16s - 10am ,Ladies League Tag 11.10am , 18's - 12.15am , Reserves - 1.25 pm , 1st Grade - 2.30pmmore

Hardy Shield GF Appointments Tuesday 28th April

Congratulations to the following referees for their Hardy Shield Final appointments :
GF - Kale Popple , TJ Connnor Kirkman & SJ Muir
Young Ladies Touch Football - Mick Kirkman
3rd vs 4th - Dave Cullum , TJ Connor Kirkman & Luke Ashworth
Good luck !more

South City Bulls vs Goroka RL PNG - Fantastic !

Congratulations to all involved for a fantastic football event , the supporters, sponsors, Wagga Wagga TV , all involved would be happy with such a contest and spirt the game was played (Pics attached..) Referee Joseph Kogi as their PNG Referee official, officiated with Mick MJK Kirkman in Reserve Grade. He is their Korokan competition First Grade Grandfinal Ref last 2 years. Goroka 58-20 Bullsmore

Trials Ref Appointm 18/3/17 inc Young Pics

Trial Appointments From our Director of Referees Fletch - Good Luck
Busy time with our following Trial games amongst our Development days see below... read on..more

All Stars Weekend


2017 Trial Games coming up - Referees Required

Please advise Fletch (if you ARE NOT available) if he does not hear from you than you will be considered available.more

Touchdown 1-2017 (copy)

please find attached copy of our first season of touchdown from Fletch.
important details attached including but not limited too: Fitness training, NRAS Level 1 & 2 courses, Contact Details, NRL Ref Database, Membership Directory, CRL Insurance, Men of League, Swearing, Hardy Shield, League Tag update, Games times, New Sponsor and New Refs Gear, Trial games,more

Bernie Nix - Calls Full Time .

To try and capture an amazing and distinguished career in a few paragraphs will be difficult, will try... Please Read On ...more

Referee Appointments - Reconciliation Cup All Stars

Referee/touch judge appointments for the RL games of the 2017 Reconciliation Cup All Stars Carnival at HARRIS Park, Wagga Wagga on Saturday, 11/03/2017....more

Young League Tag Carnival 4th & 5th March

Referees/Touch Judges are needed for the number of games on Saturday and the finals on Sunday.
If you are available to attend on Saturday and /or Sunday; please advise Jessica McInerney on email: as soon as possible of your availability.all games will be played at Keith Cullen Oval – the Junior League grounds in Young. Referees will be paid for their games.more

West Wyalong Knock out G9 Refs in action

With a great line up of referees, all enjoyed a great Friday & Saturday night hit out at the Group 20 West Wyalong Knock out. Great footy and one of if not the best Country football fields. Ours Thanks to Group 20 & Group 20 Referees for the invitation and run...Please read on. ..more

Hardy Shield Appointments - 2017 Competition.

All the best to the following referees for the 2017 Hardy Shield Competition: (Please read on) ....more

CRL Referee Rep Appointments Group 9 Refs Congratulations

Well Done on terrific effort and hard work for following Group Nine Referees. Referee - Brad Hart Gtr Southern Stingrays vs Bidgee Bulls 18's with TJ's Kymmy Brain & Dennis Foster.
Touch Judges - Sarah J Muir & Connor Kirkman Gtr Southern Stingrays vs Bidgee Bulls 16's.more

W.Wyalong K/Out Ref Appointments 2017 - Revised

Group Nine Referees Mick Kirkman, Brad Hart & Scott Muir will be in action this weekend along side their Group 20 Refereeing team mates, Elimination Games Friday night and Semi and Final Saturday night with League Tag matches prior to senior matches on Saturday. As always Ron Crowe oval will be one of the best country surfaces you will want to referee on...appointments below..more

Saturday 18th Albury Appointments

Referee and Touch judge appointments for RL Games between the CRL Bidgee Academy teams vs Melbourne Storm at Greenfield Park Albury on Saturday 18 Feb 2016. (please below, read on for appointment list) ..more

Saturday 18th Referees Needed - Wagga


Sunday 19th - 11am - Training @ Crossfit Victus


CRLRA Wollongong Seminar Outstanding Success


Referees Req Pre-Season Games - Sat 18th Feb


WIN TV Promotion - Group Nine Referees

please read on ...more

Q & A with Brett Suttor NRL Referee-Touch Judge

Our Group Nine Referees Association would like to Thank Brett for his time and tips , for our members on his pathway and insight into being a Elite NRL Referee...Please Read on..more

Generous Donation – Brett Suttor NRL Refs Gear.

NRL Referee and Number 1 NRL touch judge Brett Suttor is not only a great guy, also very generous with his kind donation of his accumulated training and on-field NRL referees gear that he no longer required. Brett offered up 70 plus items to our Group Nine Referees association to issue to our Young Referees, young at heart referees, pre-season trainers and junior training camps..(please read on)more

Pre-Season Training Kick Off - Sunday 15th Jan 2017

Our Group Nine Referees + Social Boot Camp resumes on Sunday 15th Jan at
8.30am kick off.
When : Sunday 15th Jan 2017
Time: 8.30am
Where: Plunkett drive Reserve Lake Albert, opposite Mater Dei High School Car Park.
What to Bring: Water Bottle, Sun Cream, Hat, Towel , Stretch Mat if you have one.
Questions: Contact Scott Muir 0420 774 115 or Facebook Messenger group chat has been created.more

Max, Nixy , Scott - 2017 (combined 73 seasons)

Max Biles, Bernie Nix & Scott Muir approaching 73 seasons in 2017.
With the Influx of our Junior and newer Referees in-particularly over the last 3 years there is still something to be said for experience.
Kicking off Round 1 - 2017 they have already accumulating 1310 Group nine games for our association with a few more games ahead of them.
(Please read on) ...more

2017 - Note in your Diary Please Refs + CMO courses

please read on...more

2017 - Summary items before kick off you must action

please read below...more

CRL Bidgee Academy v Canberra Raiders RL Trial 17th Dec.

With Raiders bringing their Harold Matthews and SG Ball Squads to play against their Respective CRL Bidgee Academy Team , great tough footy was played , conditions very windy and very warm. Hoping the Cricketers weren't disturbed too much on the other Parramore Park Ground.
Well done to our Group 9 and Group 20 Referees..please read on..more

G9 Jnrs Summer League Tag GF 2016

Congratulations to all our referees involved in the Summer League Tag Season finished up after the Wednesday Night competition. 440 players took to the field in 9's,11's,13's,16's, well done to referees to name a few Sean B, Kale P, MJK, Sticks, SJ, DJC, Luke, Tristan, Madi & Maddy, Matt S, Josh,more

Annual Kapooka 9's RL Carnival at Kapooka Army Base Sat 5th Nov.

Please advise Fletch if you are available to officiate in the Annual Kapooka 9's RL Carnival at Kapooka Army Base Saturday 5th November 2016.more
Masters Tournament Young 2013

Annual MASTERS RL Carnival at Cullen Oval Young -15th/16th Oct

Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th October with a 9am start on each day, and each game is 15 minutes each half with 5 minute break at half time - and the games are played under Mod League rules with only 11 players , NO Fullback or Lock, Referees will be paid the amount of $30 for each game and they officiate and will receive a Tony Young Memorial/Tribute Referee Jersey !more

CRLRA AGM in Wagga Saturday 12th Nov 2016.

The Annual General Meeting of the Country Rugby League Referees Association will be held on Saturday 12th November 2016 @ 10am at the International Hotel Wagga Wagga, Immediately following the AGM, the first meeting for 2017 will be conducted.
Congratulations to Tony & Vivian Fletcher for Co-ordinating the AGM including ladies day. All feedback well received ..please read on ..more

G9 Refs AGM - Thursday 27th Oct 2016 @ RSL Club -7.30pm start

Reminder - our Group 9 Referees Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 27th Oct 2016 @ 7.30 pm at the Wagga RSL Club (Bowlers room meeting room) It is your association please make an effort to attend, any notices of motion, constitution amendments, correspondence, proxy voting forms etc MUST be lodged in writing to the secretary by Wednesday 19th Oct 2016.more

2016 Annual Presentation Major Awards Seniors & Juniors.

Congratulations to the following for their great seasons and being recognized by their Peers, CMO's and Director of Referees and fellow referees for their effort, award winners (read on below) ..more

2016 G9 Annual Presentation Dinner - Social pics

Another great attendance for now our 7th year at the Country House Motor Lodge at Gumly Gumly who looked after us very well during our Annual Presentation.
Great to see a number of Juniors attending, Mum's & Dad's , wives and partners.
Great Night had by all , Pics to follow...more

2016 Sunshine Monday - Social Event

Monday after GF Day and arriving on time after the DJC Spa After Party, with this years theme Double Denim , (Special Thanks to Ken Simpson for being our nominated driver once again this year) , a chartered referee bus had us heading up into the mountains. Big Thanks to Sean "Pudgy Crackles" Byatt for his efforts to co-ordinate the nominated stops prior to the event....Pics to Follow ..more

2016 Group 9 Grand final Referee Photos

A terrific day was had by all at our Group Nine Grand final at McDonald's Park Wagga Wagga Sunday 11th Sept 2016. Although our Social Bare foot bowls day was washed out we had fine weather Sunday with all involved doing a super job , Sunday night at Kooringal saw a large attendance with the after party at DJC's place leading into Sunshine Monday (further pics to follow).more

G9 Referees Touch Judge GF History - snapshot

Important members of our refereeing team , our Touch Judges, many occasions the unsung hero's that support their middle man or lady ,See a bit of history and snap shot below with our Grand Final Touch Judges and our Teams of GF Touch Judges...if you can assist or your were one please let me our social historian know (Scott Muir) as we work through filling in the pieces...more

Grand Final Milestones 2016 + PF Pics Harris Park

Congratulations to the following Milestones this Sunday (GF Day) .
Brad Hart - Grand Final Debut - 18's ,
Ben Whitby - Grand Final Debut - 16's, + First Pewter Mug
Ben Whitby - 50th, U/16's Match.
Bernie Nix - 15th First Grade Grand final
Scott Muir - 8th Reserve Grade Grand final
NB: Nixy & Scott will celebrate their combined 31st G9 Grand Final, 865 games with 667 first grade combined.more

Appointments Grand Final 2016 - @ McDonalds Park Wagga

Good Luck everyone & Congratulations on your Grand Final Appointments.more

QFinal Pics Harris Park + Sean Byatt 50th League Tag this Sunday

Enjoy some pics from Harris Park last Sunday !
Congratulations to Sean Crackles Pudgy Byatt for his 50th League tag match during the Pre-Lim League Tag match when Wagga Bros take on Gundagai !more

Junior GF's Northern & Southern Zones 2016

Well done to all involved in the Group 9 Junior grand finals in both Gundagai & Harden . From all reports all referees did an excellent job !! Please find some pics attached...more

SF Week 1 - Pics behind the Scenes @ Gundagai

Great footy played both days with the best weather at Anzac Park Gundagai , as always great effort all around and plenty of laughs and the cooking was critiqued with Sean "Crackles" Byatt Rum Balls (Less the Rum), James "Bucky" Murray Carrot Cake highly rated , Molly K (the 4 slices sorry 3 with one swapped for an Anzac cookie was nice, MJK All brings something special to the table !more

Round 18 Touch Down - Items requiring your Action before Semi's

As per this week touchdown please action item's requiring your immediate attention and advise Fletch ASAP. Full Details in touchdown ,
Summary Below....(Please Read On)more

Numbers Required Sunshine Monday & Bowls day !

Please let Co-Captains know , Scott Muir & MJK Mick Kirkman if you & your family and friends intend to be at our Pre-GF Bowls family day (Saturday Prior to GF) yep day before..... And also the 18's and over for our Sunshine Monday Bus Trip , Day after GF ! please RSVP ASAP to Scott & Mick .more

Rd 17 Pics Junee vs Albury @ Loftus Oval Junee

It can be said neither team left anything in the shed , tough but great day's footy at Junee today , playing at the Junior ground due to ground conditions at Laurie Daley Oval, Crowd would have got their money's worth, and some spectators took the liberty to sail close to the wind regarding code of conduct , but at the end of the day the footy won out and all referees enjoyed their day !!!more

Rd 17 Milestones & Rd 16 Pics

Congratulations to the B Train , Sheik of Anzac Park Barty !! for your 50th Group Nine Match when you blow time on this weekend at Tumut vs Young 18's , Random Pics of Cullen Oval Young and Anzac Park plus pics from previous rounds league tag thanks to the Young RLFC Ladies League Tag.more

Numbers Needed for Social Day Pre-Grand Final !

Please contact our Social Club Co-Captains Scott Muir & Mick MJK Kirkman if your "Definitely" attending our Family Social Day (Pre-Grand-final) - Details Below.
What - BareFoot Bowls Social Family Day
Where - Aussie Rules Club Bowls day.
When - Saturday 10th Sept 2016 (day before G9 GF).
Time - Kick off 10.30am - 2.30 pm approx.
RSVP : Monday 1st August (numbers required for booking .......more

Rd 15 Pics Wagga Albury Gundagai & Camden late pics !

Another great weekend of Footy and behind of the scenes pics...more

G9 Refs Piece of History Father & Daughter - Scott & SJ Muir

Nice piece of Group Nine History etched during Rd 15 when for the first time to take the field a Father & Daughter controlling their centres (Scott First Grade) (SJ Ladies LeagueTag) plus a late call up for 2nd Half in first grade, first time Father & Daughter in First Grade Centre & Touch Judge. On the day also we saw the debut of Kale & Madison Popple join SJ as her Touch Judges.(Please read on)more

Jaco - Zone Bowls Championships 2016

Well done Jaco who make it all the way through the Zone Finals to proceed into pennants and beating Adelong, only to fall short 1 game away from the State Titles. Awesome effort and great to see your keeping busy between your CMO's commitments and apparent retirement..Great Job !more

Milestones Rd 15 - Congratulations

Mick MJK Kirkman and Connor Sticks Kirkman teaming up for the first time to refereeing a First Grade Centre & First Grade Touchline Together , Great Job,
SJ Muir with her 50th G9 Senior Touchline when she officiates her 16's TL Wagga Bros vs Tumut.
I do need to mention and Thank You to the Temora Schoolboys RL club for accommodating my 30th Year since my Refereeing Debut back at ..more

Tony Young Challenge Cup - Coota vs Young

Thank You to Mitzie Young & Family for their presentation of our Inaugural Tony Young Challenge Cup in memory of the life time dedication to Refereeing and Rugby League with our First Round of the Young vs Coota Challenge Matches and the winner on the day holding the New Perpetual Trophy. Congratulations to Referee Brad Hart TJ's Max Biles & James Murray for Officiating in the first ever match.more

Pics Camden vs City Group 6 Exchange - Fantastic Day !

A Touring Party Mick MJK Kirkman ,Scott Muir, Benny Whitby , Sean Crackles Byatt , SJ Muir & Connor Kirkman departed 5.30am for the great day at kirkham Park Camden, First Grade, Reserve Grade, League Tag and 18's, The Match of the Day was the 4-0 league tag game and excellent refereeing display by Sean Byatt ! Plenty of Laughs , Thanks To Glen Whiteman DOR G6 looking after us for the day !more

G6 + G9 Exchange & Milestones

Welcome our Group 6 Refereeing Colleagues to Anzac Park Gundagai when they host Wagga Brothers. David Gorman (1st) Daniel Perry (Res) Matt Pollard (Ltag) Alex Ward (18's) Jack McGrath (16's) travelling South with G9 Referees Scott Muir (1st) Mick Kirkman (Res) Sean Byatt (LTag) Ben Whitby (18's) & Specialist TJ's
SJ Muir & Connor Kirkman , for Camden Rams vs City Roos at Kirkham Pk Camden.......more

Red Day Rd 13 Temora vs Gundagai at Rec Ground Temora

With our Red Day Referees participating in now our 3rd year in a row , with x2 extra's , red day probationary members Brad Hart & Crackles Byatt, history did not disappoint with another fantastic event, with the numbers increasing to 8 attending, 2017 may well involve a stand alone weekend and mini bus ... Fantastic Day, Great Cause , great footy and plenty of laughs... (read on) ...more

New Generation Our Young Ladies taking charge

Our Group Nine Referees Association has been experiencing a terrific increase in Refereeing numbers of late, no less than 20 Young Referees aged between 14-19 over the past 2 seasons have stepped up from their Junior associations including Wagga, Gundagai, Tumut, Junee, Albury into Seniors under the watchful eye of DOR LM Tony Fletcher and his CMO Team. Grounding starting from terrific work frommore

Rd 12 Pics Wagga & Young

Enjoy, Pics from Wagga Juniors, Harris Park and Alfred Oval Young.more

RD 13 Milestones - Plus Red Day 2016 !!!

Red Day - has become a milestone in itself. With Founding members Captain Fletch, Co-Captain Scott M , Benny, MJK , Dave C or DJC , Brian Phantom Walker and now probationary Red Day Members Brad Hart and Sean Crackles Byatt auditioning for their permanent Red Day appointments. Previous members have attended 2014-2015-2016 and a fantastic day had with fund raising front of mind.. 2016 should be ...more

Rd 12 Milestones - History Making ...

Twickenham @ Tumut was the ground for which the last Maher Cup game was played, History will be created again when Maher Cup traditional Rivals Tumut vs Gundagai meet with history of a different kind will be created. The First time ever in Group Nine Referees History where the Referee's & Touch Judges involved are also from Tumut or Gundagai...Please Read On...more

Retirement - Brian Phantom Walker Life Member...

What can you say about a fellow Association member (life member I must add), Brian started his refereeing career in Group 20 ,(Hay) back in late 1980's . Having moved to Wagga with his role with the Bank , he joined Group 9 in 1990, having a tremendous impact with our association with his work ethic and awarded life membership in 1997. an active centre man until around 2003 (please read on) ..more

R11 Photos 2016 Wagga McDonalds Park + Rec Ground Temora

Miscellaneous Pics from Rd 11 , Thank You RMG for x2 pics... If you have additional photos please send through to Scott Muir or Text 0420 774 115 !more

Rd 11 Milestones 2016

Welcome and all the best this weekend for our following Referees...
Maddison (Maddy) Popple will make her Seniors Debut when she takes charge of her touch flag for the League Tag Wagga Bros vs South City Match. The 4th Member of Our Popple Family (and again history Making) we have never had 4 Family Members officate in the same season, Once Zane returns it will extend to 4 members in one round ..more

Refs Training - Mountain Health and Fitness - Brett Suttor (Wagga)

Awesome Season and Off Season Training for everyone. Not very often as a Ref Association can we have the Experience to be trained under a current NRL & State Of Orgin Touch Judge & Referee. Brett moved down from Brisbane late last year, now Wagga Local and travels from Wagga for his NRL Appointments. FB - Mountain Health and Fitness... Will be talking to Brett about a Refereeing cameo in G9 !!more

Rd 10 Sat G9 v G16 Refs Exchange

Welcome Neil Baker & Ross Walters from G16 with Toby & Kale Popple Refereeing in Bombala Today and Merimbula Tomorrow. Neil First Grade and Ross Reserves officated the Wagga Bros vs Wagga Kangaroos at McDonalds Pk, An Interested on-looker was NRL & State of Origin II Touch Judge Brett Suttor and now Wagga Local through his Cross Fit Business came down to watch his Mate Ross in action.more

Rd 10 Saturday CRL Reps 14's-15's Wagga Wagga

The rain held out and our G9 Rep Referees Sean Byatt, SJ Muir and Molly Keough participated very very well and no doubt learning so much from not only the presence of fellow representative referees but expert refereeing coaching and a special visit from for Top Class NRL Referee and now NRL Referees Development Manager Steve Clark , Locally Pat Walsh and Willie Barnes well done...more

Rd 10 Milestones 2016

Welcome our Group 16 Referees for our Referees Exchange, Neil Baker 1st Grade and Ross Walters Reserve Grade will take control of their respective Wagga Bros vs Wagga Kangaroos Match. Both Neil & Ross bring a lot of experience with both having refereed the First Grade Group 16 Grand Finals for their association, Toby & Kale Popple will control Saturday Games in Bombala and Sunday in Group 16.more

Vale Craig Webster

Our Group Nine Referees association as well as our Rugby League and Wagga Community offer our sincere condolences with the sudden loss of a great man in Craig Webster. Craig passed leaving behind his wife Belinda and four young children. Craig was a valued member of our association for 15 season starting his Career in 1999 and his last centre appointment 2013 & touch judge appointment 2014......more

Rd 8 Wrap Up Coleambally - Tumba - Dubbo Rep- Jnrs

With our 2nd Round of Group 9 & Group 20 Exchange , a terrific day at Coleambally sports ground where the Darlington Point Coleambally Roosters hosted the Yanco Wamoon Hawks. Lots of Laugh , Great footy and overall a fantastic Day, the bus trip well...the B Train had us in stitches , all topics overed RED DAY amongst it, enjoy the pics and a stop over at a well known tourist spot also...more

Kale Popple - Real Men Wear Pink Fundraising

Well done Kale on your efforts, participation and support when your actively involved on June 24 with the real men of Australia wear Pink to support life changing breast cancer research . To Join Kale or support him let me him know asap and before June 24. !!more

Rd 8 G9 & G20 Referees Exchange

Rd 8 will see the following Group Nine Referees travel to Darlington Point where the home team will play Yanco.
Group 20 Referees will travel to McDonalds Park for the Wagga Kangaroos vs Gundagai Match.
See Full Exchange appointments Below:more

Rd 7 Pics Yanco - Temora - Coota- Albury

A great weekend of footy ,our Referees Exchange both for our Group 9 team mates at Yanco Sports Ground vs Leeton and our Group 20 Referees at McDonalds Park Equex , a great experience for all involved.
Pics attached of our Referees at Yanco, Temora, Coota and Albury.more

Group 9 & Group 20 Referees Exchange Rd 7 2016

This weekend teams from Group 9 and Group 20 will exchange both Rd 7 & Rd 8. This weekend our Group 9 team will travel to Yanco to host the top of the table and local derby , Yanco vs Leeton. Mick MJK Kirkman First Grade, Kale Popple Reserve Grade, Max Biles 18's , Sean Crackles Byatt 16's & League Tag centres, ably supported by TJ's Connor Kirkman and Kane Vaughan.
(please read on)more

Milestones Congratulations Rd 7 2016

Congratulations G9 First Grade Debut's Brad Hart and Tom Downey, Dave Cullum Reserve Grade Debut, Tim Maloney 18's Debut , Well Done and Congratulations.... please read on for all the details...more

Rd 6 Milestones + Rd 5 Pics

Congratulations to the following referees for their debut milestones !!
Piper Duck making her Centre Debut when she controls League Tag Tumut vs Temora.
Rd 5 - Molly Keough making her First Grade Touch Line Debut .
Recap Rd 6 : 'Girl Power "is what they were calling it when Molly , SJ , & Jayda smashed out excellent effort in their all girls League Tag match and SJ & Jayda Res TJ effort!more

Rd 5 History created !! All Female Referee team

Ladies League Tag Game at Laurie Daley Oval ; Junee this Sunday ,
First ever All Female (Young Ladies) to control a Group Nine Match .
Molly Keough (Centre) Sarah J Muir & Jayda Bartlett (TJ's)...add to this their respect ages are 14, 15 & 14 ..and all full of confidence , as Fletch Says just be Calm , Confident and in Control (and some for these Young Ladies) Fantastic and all the best !!more

Rd 5 Milestones - 2016

Congratulations Tim Moloney upon making your 16's centre debut, Cootamundra vs Gundagai , Molly Keough for your Ladies League Tag Centre Debut Junee vs Temora, Max Biles for your 50th 18's Centre when controlling Tumut vs Wagga Bros , All the Best !more

Murray Cup @ Baranduda Sunday 1st May 2016

12 midday - League Tag Referee Cody & Jacob Miller , TJ Mick Hallowell & Keith Martine
1pm - Wodonga Storm vs Murray River A , Referee Keith Martine , TJ Cody & Jacob Miller
2.30pm - Corowa vs Murray River B , Referee Michael Hellowell , TJ Cody Miller & Jacob Millermore

Rd 3 Milestones - Max Biles 100th First Grade Game

Well done Max ! for reaching a terrific milestone in reaching your 100th First Grade match when you referee Young vs Tumut at Alfred Oval Young this Sunday.
James Bucky Murray will debut his 16's Centre also at Alfred oval , well done and good luck on for 100 club members (First Grade games 100 +)more

Rd 3 Monday 25th April Anzac Match

Well done to all involved for the special occasion and great day held at Robertson Oval on Monday in respect to Anzac Day, Match played between Wagga Kangaroos vs Wagga Bros. $360 was raised to local Wagga RSL Welfare from Match fees donations from Scott Muir, Mick Kirkman & Ben Whitby. Scott & Benny's 4th Year in a row with Sam Went 2 years and Mick Kirkman last 2 years. Well Done !more

Rd 3 Rep Footy 2016 @ Laurie Daley Oval

Congratulations to the following association members who officiated at the Country Championships at Junee , Bidgee Bulls vs South Coast.
18's - Referee Toby Popple , TJ Sean Byatt & Tim Maloney
16's - TJ's Sarah J Muir & Kimberly Brain (Referee Bailey Hibbitt)
NRL Assessor Alan Foster was in attendance with Pat Walsh ,
From All Reports our Referees & Tj's did very well !!more

Rd 3 2016 Friday Night Football

With our Traditional Anzac First Grade Match at Robertson Oval on Monday 25th April, the earlier RL Games were played on Friday night ... Great crowd also .. enjoy the pics...more

Milestones Rd 3 - 2016

Congratulations and all the best to the following Referees for their Debut Refereeing Milestones this weekend.
Zac Whytcross - 16's Centre Debut ; Young vs South City at Alfred Oval.
James "Bucky" Murray - Ladies League Tag Debut , Gundagai vs Junee ,
NB: Bucky has already overtaken Fletch and needs one more league tag match to draw level with Bernie Nix & Scott Muir...more

Really Just One Big Refereeing Family

History will tell you amongst our Group Nine Referees it was traditionally one Refereeing sibling would encourage another , or my father was a referee so I will give it go , the mould has change particular in Season 2016 , where it's now not uncommon for both a Father and Son , Father and Daughter to be refereeing on the same day , at the same venue and even the same grade ."Tradition" Love it !more

Milestones Fletch & Nixy - Congratulations

Congratulations to Fletch - 40th Year as a Active Referee and Association Member upon making his debut in Season 1976.
Congratulations to Nixy - 450th Group Nine Match this Saturday twilight match Albury vs Gundagai at Greenfield Park Albury.
(Career Summary see below)more

Rd 2 - Debut & welcome !

Congratulations and Welcome to their Group Nine Seniors Refereeing Debut - Piper Duck 16's Debut TJ Tumut vs Kangaroos , Dale Prindable 16's Young vs Temoramore

Round 1 - Family Affair (History made)

Congratulations to our Popple Family who created history to be the first family of 3 to all officiated in the same venue, in the same game and the match being First Grade. We have had the Hooper Family (Mark, Anthony & Andrew) Prosser Family (Wayne, Damien & BJ) and White Family (Graeme, Jake, Zac) officiated in the same grounds in lower grades.
History Also : (Ready on)more

Milestones Rd 1- 2016

Congratulations to our New Members who make their debut this weekend , Round 1 2016 Group Nine Competition.
Connor Kirkman TJ Debut at Harris Park South City vs Tumut 16's.
Dave Cullum Congratulations on your 50th Group Nine Gamemore

Pre Season Pics 2016 - 27 Photos

Pre-Season & workshop snap shots 2016 :more

From The Archives - First Grade Grand final Referees 1971-2015

This feature was from our 2015 G9 Referees Presentation Night ,
A Signed jumper was presented to 8 of the 10 First Grade Referees ,
(Wayne Marshall - Deceased) (Lindsay Regent - Unknown) with Tom Spain, Peter Hay, Tony Fletcher, Bruce Jacobson, Les Pearce, John Hetherington, Bernie Nix , Scott Muir all signing and Receiving a Sign First Grade GF Referees Jersey.... stats below ...more

Saturday Night Ronald McDonald Charity Shield RL @ Equex Wagga

McDonalds Park & Parramore Park Matches this Saturday afternoon and Saturday night , Please read on .....more

Appointments - Reconciliation Cup 2016 @ McDonalds Park Wagga

Appointments for the games of the 2016 Reconciliation Cup at McDonalds Park, Equex Centre, Wagga Wagga on Friday, 18/03/2016:-1.Ladies LeagueTag @ 5:30pm – Referee: Sean Byatt. Touch Judges: Sarah Jane Muir/Molly Keough.
2. Community Cup Game @ 6:30pm – Referee: Sarah Jane Muir/Molly Keough.
3. All Stars Game @ 7:00pm – Ref Referee: Bernie Nix/Scott Muir. Touch Judges: Ben Whitby & Mick Kirkmanmore

Hardy Shield Update 2016

Benny Whitby, Dave Cullum and Kale Popple refereed the early rounds of hardy shield with a summary below. Well done guys great effort from all reports.
Results of Round 1
KCC 22 drew with WWHS 22
Results of Round 2
MDCC 4 def TRAC 0
KCC 30 def KHS 4
NOTE: Round 3 Thursday 17th March at Parramore Park (South Field)
5:30pm – TRAC v MDCC
6:30pm – WWHS v KHSmore

Kelly Cup Sunday - Temora vs West Wyalong 2016

With another Hot Weekend , 4 games were held at Nixon Park Temora with great effort from all involved , Special Mention to Molly Keough with her First Grade Touch Line debut with Benny Whitby her Senior TJ close by to ensure it went well, which it did right through Well Done !! A Dress Rehersal to RED DAY !! Travelling party included Fletch, Benny W, Max B, Scott M,SJ M & Molly K.more

Young - League Tag Regional Competition 2016

Well done to Mick "MJK" Kirkman & Connor "Sticks" Kirkman and all referees refereeing and officiating in Young to ensure a great competition was held, Leeton taking out the competition. MJK Birthday Celebration on Sunday also , I'm sure he wouldn't celebrate it any other way ! Well Done !!more

Well done Nixy , Dave C , Scrappy & Co Coota Nines

Will the array of trial games, work commitments and Cricket semi finals , Bernie Nix , Dave Cullum , Kane Vaughn and Coota Junior Referees pitched in to ensure the Coota Nines continued without a hitch , slight hitch given Nixy & Dave Refereed back to back ALL 9 Games including Semis & GF , unbelievable effort well done !!!more

Gundagai & Junee Trial Matches 2016

With Fletch in Sydney for the weekend and no CMO's available Barty (Saturday) & Scott & Mick (Sunday) co-ordinated and provided coaching for our referees active over the weekend. Refereeing in extreme conditions well done to everyone involved. Saturday at Gundagai League Tag & 18's and Sunday 16's at Junee please read on more photos to be loaded shortly..
Some pics from Sunday attached.. enjoy...more

G9 Referees clinic at Temora Wed Night.

A fantastic attendance at Temora's Bob Aldridge oval for the Temora Rugby League Junior Referees association, where our G9 Referees conducted a Coaching Clinic. Travelling across from Wagga, Scott Muir,Mick Kirkman,Sarah "SJ" Muir and Connor "Sticks" Kirkman. Photos attached... It's planned to have further clinics at Gundagai , Tumut and Tumbarumba also.more

1996 from the Archives

Thank you to the pages of the Wagga DA, this Pic turned up which turns the clock back 20 Years...still Active either on field,CMO or DOR include Graeme Coulton, Brian Walker, Max Biles, Fletch (absent from Photo were Alan Jacobson, John Hetherington, Bernie Nix,Scott Muir)
Back Row L to R ; Graeme Coulton, Paul Dicks, Brian Walker, Dean Myers, Max Biles, Brian Walker, Fletchmore

West Wyalong Knock Out Toby Popple Referees GF

Congratulations to Toby who backed up again on the Saturday night and Refereed the Grand Final Match and from all reports did very well !
Mick "MJK" Kirkman also backed up after Scott Muir & SJ Muir (Supporter) were active on Friday night. Great Event, Competition, Atmosphere and played on the Best Rugby League ground in the Riverina (in my opinion).more

Pat Walsh & Sarah "SJ" Jane Muir Presentation

A small presentation at West Wyalong on Friday night by Pat Walsh (our Regions NRL Referees development officer)when he presented SJ with her Development squad kit for season 2016.
21 Seasons ago Pat Walsh was instrumental (along side Fletch)in Scott Muir's (Dad) representative career, now a 2nd Generation coming through, a credit to Pat on his dedication and longevity developing referees..more

Grp 9 Referees NRL Footy Tipping Round 1

Thank you Terrence Jacobs for taking on another year of our footy tipping competition.
1. All tips are to be in prior to kick off of the first game of the round (no late tips will be accepted)
2. If you forget to enter your tips, you will be given the away teams.
3. If you are lucky enough to tip a perfect round, you will be given a bonus point. If you know of anyone else keen to tip letmore

2016 Group 9 RL Pre-Season Trial games

DOR Tony Fletcher has compiled the following list of all 2016 Pre-Season games as advised by Group 9 RL Clubs to date:
(See Below)more

On-Line Registration 2016 (MUST) National Leaguenet Database

The National League Net Referee Database - the need for ALL referees to PERSONALLY undertake and complete the "On-line registration process" is being heavily prompted by the National Rugby League Limited; and you need to enter the website: (see link below also) and go to the section that says REGISTER - click on it and follow the instructions - type in the followinmore

2016 Membership Directory Form - You are Required

In this weeks Touchdown supplied by Fletch was a 2016 Membership Directory Form - so that the database can be updated and so that an up to date CONTACT LIST of ALL members/referees can be produced for the 2016 season. FLETCH will complete your NRL ID No. on the form.
IT have been NOTED that over a number of years a number of group 9 referees have NEVER COMPLETED OR RETURNED the subject (read on)more

Director of Referees - Tony Fletcher (contact information)

Please Note that the Director of Referees and Association Secretary - Tony Fletcher work contact details are as follows for 2016 season.
Phone: 02 69373847
Fax : 02 69373877
Work Address: Level 3/76 Morgan Street Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Home: 02 69312 516
Mobile: 0427 237 121
Postal Address: PO Box 1332 Wagga Wagga NSW 2650more

Official Training Resumes Sunday 8am & Tuesdays 6pm

With Great numbers at our Sunday's Scotty's social Boot camp at Mater Dei Reserve (14 Plunkett Drive Lake Albert)We will continue Sunday morning sessions at 8am.
Official Training starts Tuesday's at Anderson Oval as of Tuesday 1st March.more

G9 Referees officiating in Ladies League Tag 2016

As advised in previous touch downs ; the Director of referees will again be making the referee and touch judge appointments for ALL Ladies League Tag games in Group 9 RL for the 2016 season; and therefore the DOR needs to know which referees are available for appointments to these games each week. Please indicate on the enclosed form that arrived/arrives in touch down this week. NOTE.....more

2016 Referee Development Workshops - 19th + 2nd/3rd April

2016 Referees Development Workshops: Saturday 19th March 2016 - Referes Development Day at the INTERNATIONAL HOTEL/MOTEL Corner Sturt Highway and Lake Albert Road Wagga Wagga . 9am - 4pm ALL GROUP REFEREES ARE TO ATTEND.
Registration Link is :

Jake White unavailable for Season 2016

With Great Reluctance Jake will not be available for Season 2016. With change of work commitments meaning travelling out of town regularly he will sit out season 2016. One of our most valued and committed association members both on and off the field , and fantastic role model for our younger referees coming through in particular will miss you on field Jake , I'm sure will still seeing you aboutmore


Director of Referees Tony Fletcher has the dates of games and will advise members of the appointments to these games - stay tuned.more

Swearing and Offensive Language Board Directive 2016

The Group 9 RL Board of Management has again directed that for the 2016 season referees come down hard on swearing and offensive behaviour by players and the people on player benches.more

Group 9 Referees Association General Meeting March

It is hoped to have a Group 9 Referees association General meeting in March , 2016 at the Wagga RSL Club (actual meeting date is still to be finalised) as the group 9 RL General committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at the Wagga Commercial Club.more

Men of League Membership 2016

Men of League - If you are interested in becoming a member of the Men of League organization - please contact FLETCH and he will forward to you the necessary membership application form plus the membership fee details.more

CRLRA Wollongong Seminar 2016

with the Theme "Respecting the Past....Mapping the Future " was held from 11th February too 14th Feburary 2016. with the following Group 9 Referee members attending - Tony Fletcher, Sean Byatt, Toby Popple, Tim Maloney and Pat Walsh. In addition the following Group 9 Junior/Minor league referees attended the seminar as members of the Referee Development squad - Lane and Tayla Gaudie from Harden.more

Tobbs, Fitzy & Albury Team Mates kick off trials 2016

Well done to our Albury Team mates along with our Wagga Referees Tobbs Popple and Matty Fitz on officiated in the first trial for 2016 when they referred in the 16's and 18's Rep trials in Albury recently. From all reports all went very well, Great Work !more

Congratulations Piper Duck NSW Rep

Congratulations one of Junior Members and soon to join our seniors ranks this season, Piper Duck who in the off season was selected in the Under 16 NSW Waratah's at the Australian Country Junior Basketball cup , although Piper is currently 14, terrific effort well done !!more

Congratulations Matt Shannon NSW REP

Congratulations to Matt Shannon who represented NSW at the Australian Deaf games in Adelaide Recently, Fantastic Effort !more

Life Member Tony Young - Funeral Service

The funeral service of CRLRA Life member and Patron, Tony Young, will be held at 11am this Friday 29th January at St Mary's Catholic Church, Ripon Street, Young. Thereafter Tony will be laid to rest at the Murringo Cemetery.more

Vale - Life Member Tony Young

A sad moment for all Referee's and Rugby league community with the passing today of Refereeing and Rugby League Icon Mr Tony Young, who became a Group Nine Referee's association Life Member in 1969, so you may have an indication of what Tony achieved prior to 1969 , without mentioning the invaluable work he had done since that time. Tony will be sadly missed our condolences to Mitzy, Family andmore

Kapooka Sports Series Rugby League & Touch Referees

Well done to all involved in the Kapooka Sports Series and all referees handled themselves at high level from all reports. Kale Popple, Max Biles, Toby Popple, Sean Bremer, Dave Cullum, Shane Bartlett , Ben Whitby , Terrence Jacobs, Sarah J Muir had a terrific day , well done !!more

2015 Dubbo Indigenous Knock Out - G9 Refs Officiate

Congratulations and excellent effort in the Dubbo 2015 Indigenous Knockout held during October Weekend 2015. With a sprinkling of NRL Rugby League Stars playing and 20 Referees officiating under the watchful eye of Steve Clark including Local , Graded and NRL Referees a great weekend was held. Jake White, Max Biles, Toby Popple, Brad Hart and Bernie Nix (spectator and supporter) were in attendancemore

Young Masters Tournament 2015

Dave Cullum, Mick 'MJK' Kirkman , Kale Popple, Kane Vaughan, Sarah J Muir, Max Biles , Tim Maloney , from all reports a great weekend , in particular the Caravan Road Trippen with Dave Cullum & MJK , renamed the Caravan of Heat Cream after x2 full days refereeing and playing ... MJK was penalised "for being on-side" or rather Kale Popples explaination to Mick "Just Because"....more

2015 G9 Referees Presentation Night

Congratulation Toby Popple our Major award winner with being named our Group Nine Referees Association "Referee of the Year" . over 80 plus guest enjoyed a great night at the Country House Motor Lodge and Restaurant with special guests along side Life Members and invited guests Former GF Referees Peter Hay & Bruce Jacobson.more

Grand Final Golf Day 2015

Mick 'MJK' Kirkman defended his title in the Pre-Grand Final golf day 2015. Scores MJK 63 Peter 65 Sam 78 Dave 80 Kale 84 Maddi 100.
Great Day had by all.more

Group Nine Refs 2015 - Sunshine Monday

Fantastic Day , Awesome bunch of blokes with a great time had by all, looked after very well by our hosts all day and everyone was on their best behavior , everyone looking forward to next year when we head to the mountains 2016..Huge Thanks to Simmo our Driver and Social Club Co-Captain Jake White for all his work to ensure an enjoyable day had by all !! Ladies Day & U/18's events planned also ..more

Group Nine GF Refs Pics 2015 - First Grade

..more photos to follow -more

Group Nine GF Ref Pics 2015 - Reserve Grade

...more photos to follow ..more

Group Nine GF Ref Pics 2015 - League Tag

...More Photos to come...more

Group Nine GF Ref Pics 2015 - 18's GF

...more photos soon..more

Group Nine GF Ref Pics 2015 - 16's GF

...more pics to be added next few days..more

Group Nine GF Ref Pics 2015 - Behind the scenes

Fantastic Day had by all... over the next few days I will be updated GF photos and Sunshine Monday .. Enjoymore

Milestones 2015 Grand Final

Congratulations to everyone one involved on Grand Final day particular mention to the following: (see Below)more

Grand Final Appointments 2015

Congratulations to all Referees, Touch Judges, In Goal Officials on their appointments , Thank you to DOR Tony Fletcher, CMO's Tony Young, Alan Jacobson, John Hetherington ,Graeme Coulton for your support and coaching during the year , special mention to Brian Walker, Warren Barclay and Group Nine for their support during the year .
(see appointments below)more

Preliminary Final Pics from Alfred Oval Young.

Some great games of footy , well done to everyone involved it was a great day ... as was the bus trips home (stories for another day)..more

Preliminary Final Appointments 2015

Good Luck to all involved and supporters for this weekend matches at Alfred Oval Young.more

Pics RD 2 SF's 2015 McDonalds Park & Anzac Park

Selection of Pics from Semi Final Weekend..more

G9JRL Centre Grand final referees

Best of luck to all and congratulations for those handling their centre in their Grand finals:more

2015 G9JRL Grandfinal Referee Appointments Northern Pool

Congratulations and Good Luck to our Junior Association Referees and touch judges in their respective Northern & Zone Pool Grand finals.more

Appointments Final Series Week 2 - 2015

Week two with our Minor & Major Semi Finals this coming weekend, all the best and enjoy !! (see below - ready on)more

Gold !! - Last Maher Cup Match Referee Medal..

Had an opportunity to catch up with Refereeing Legend Tommy Spain and wife Lynne at Cootamundra today , talking all things footy and refereeing, came across a piece of history that has been locked into the pages of our Refereeing booklet .... A medallion and match summary of the very last Maher Cup Game, Young vs. Tumut 5th June 1971...Referee Tommy Spain.more

Matty Fitz Files - Part II

You could have knocked over refereeing stalwart Max Biles & myself with a feather when a voice from behind the shower door echoed ,
"Hey scotty you reckon you can reach into my footy bag and grab my exfoliate sponge and Lynx Body wash"....
Priceless also was Max's expression as he was left shaking his head replying "Well that will do me" .....times sure have changed...more

Pics Week 1 Semi Finals 2015

Great Weekend of footy , well done to everyone involved, good luck next week....more photos to come.more

Appointments Final Series Week 1 - 2015

Congratulations and all the best to our Referees officiating this week on Saturday & Sunday for the first week of the Group Nine Elimination and Qualifying Semi-finals...(please read on for appointments)more

Milestones - Sean Crackles Byatt Game 50 !!

Congratulations Sean Byatt for clocking up his 50th Group Nine game when he officiates his League Tag Qualifying Semi Final at Laurie Daley Oval when Gundagai vs. Temora , all the best !!more

Pics Training + Jnr SF's Wagga + Rd 18 McDonalds Park Snrs

Excellent display of Refereeing and touch Judge work at Southern Juniors in Wagga Parramore on Saturday, Well done for the continued terrific work being done with our Junior Referees by (but not limited too) Kale Popple, Terrence Jacobs, Toby Popple, Mick Kirkman, Bob Williams and all Senior referees lending a hand and advice..Great Day's footy an plenty of laughs amongst great company Sunday alsomore

Crazy Caption - Presentation Night 2015

With Our Presentation night next month please forward your Crazy Caption comments to go into a draw to Win a prize and top comments from each Pic will be announced on the night ... Pic's attached.more

Sunshine Monday 14th Sept 2015

Co Captain of our G9 Referees Social Committee Jake White requires your reply by no later than midnight Friday 21st August. Bookings Essential !!
Bus Trip in a Easterly Direction leaving approx 9.30am and returning 4pm approx. Cost $50 per person. Breakfast prior to departure will be discussed prior to the event.If you are interested you MUST email by Saturday 22nd August .......more

Fitzy is our New G9 refs dalai lama ....

You had to be their,wordily advice & inspirational wisdom stories offered to our travelling party echoed from the back of the "Star Lounge" heading to Anzac Park, Like slipping on a red superman suit and a transformation dated back to him pulling on his Red Day AAMI Jumper ... rumored still hasn't take it off..more

The B-Train ..."Shek of Anzac Park "...

Witness will tell you Gundagai's Fijian Winger with open space was beaten to the tryline, by a newly labelled (formerly known as the Shek of Anzac Park)as
"The B-Train" ..not to steal the glory of the try scorer , still humble enough not to let on that the Cheers, Horn and crowd noise were indeed for the B-Train and not the Wingers game breaking, illusive 80 metre effort ..more

Rd 17 pics and Social Catch Up

A great number of 27 attended our Group Nine Referees Social Club Catch up at the Kooringal hotel on Sunday Night, great night, great meal and plenty of laughs,...more pics to comemore

Social Club Catch up Sunday 9th Aug 6pm,

Our Social Committee (Jake & I) are arranging a Social Catch up this coming Sunday Rd 17, at 6 for 6.30pm at the Kooringal Hotel.
RSVP by Wednesday night, Email or Text 0420 774 115 (Scott) with Yes if you are definitely coming, no maybe's as difficult to book appropriate seating.more

Milestones - Toby & Kale Popple + Pat Allen Debut

Congratulations on our Son + Father combination when Toby takes charge of his First Grade Match,Tumba vs Tumut at Tumba showground, Toby will be ably assisted by his dad Kale, which we haven't seen well upon quick check our last First Grade Appointment together Tony & Matt Fletcher whom they also shared dual representative fixtures together on the same day first 1st & 18's CRL.... (please read on)more

Rd 15 + Rd 16 Pics Snap shots

Waiting on the remainder of the Cold & Wet pics of Rd 15 at Les Boyd Oval Cootamundra, Equex Sunday for Rd 16 see photos attached , more coming also.more

Milestones - Mick MJK Kirkman 100th Game

Congratulations Mick on your 100th Group Nine Match when you referee Wagga Kangaroos vs Young Ladies League tag at McDonalds Park.
(Pic of Mick at Junior Reps at Tumut recently, TJ SJ Muir & Piper Duck)
Congratulations also Brad Baker on his Reserve Grade Debut when Tumut play Wagga Bros at Twickenham Oval Tumut, Good Luck and Enjoymore

Rd 13 Photo Wrap Up Batlow + Harris Park

Great day's footy and from all reports we received the best weather on the Saturday as opposed to those running around Sunday, EG the Photo attached of Dave "The Stig" Cullum at Batlow on Sunday ...more

Refs Gear for Meeting 16th July

Please let me know via Email , Text message if you require me to bring any refs gear to Thursday Meeting (other than Comm. Gear) .. If you leave a message I may not receive it until a few days later ?? not sure what is happening their. Thanks Scott Muir (0420 774 115) or or

General Meeting + Comms Gear Issue Thursd 16th July

As per touchdown our Next Association Meeting will be held next Thursday 16th July , Communication Gear will be re-issued to enable use during Round 14 until end of season. The Delay has been due to the limited number of Comms Gear Returned since initial purchase a few season back, Thank You to those that have , I was hoping to have it for this weekend however required to order additional items ..more

Milestones Rd 13 - Toby Popple

Toby Popple will Referee his first Reserve Grade Match this weekend when he runs out of the unofficial BCC change rooms to Referee his Tumbarumba vs Young match at Batlow. Toby was the 2nd Youngest Referee to make his First Grade Debut behind Steve Pike (17), when he refereed the Gundagai vs Albury top of the table earlier in the season. Good Luck...Please Read On ...more

Rd 12 Wagga Equex Sunday 2015

Great Day's footy and entertaining matches , well done to everyone participating and Thanks to Fletch for his feedback to all on the day.
Some Pics..more

Sat Jnr Rep Games at Tumut G9/20/11/10

Congratulations to all involved at Tumut Saturday with our Referees receiving praise for their efforts. One supporter from another Group made special effort to mention to me the presentation and refereeing was excellent in Group 9 Juniors !! Well Done to the Tumut Junior Minor League Committee who hosted the day fantastically. Some pics from the day.more

2015 New Referees

Congratulation to Fletch(Dor)and G9 Cmos for their on-going support and development of our Newer Referees with the following having terrific seasons : Brad baker,Luke ashworth,Zac whytcross,Andrew hopper,Jacob chapple,Jacob miller, Cody miller ,Tim Maloney, Zac McDonald, Blake maher, Kane Vaughan,Sarah-jane muir, Molly keough,Hayley hackett, James murray, Mitch smart, Tommy Connell,Zac fairallmore

Rep footy Referee Appointments 12s-13s cluster

congratulations and all the best to the following referees for their appointments at Tumut 4th July for Groups 9,10,11,20.
Referees : Toby Popple,Shane Bartlett,Brad Baker,Andrew Symonds
TJs - Kane Vaughn,Hamilton Clear,Connor Kirkman,Piper Duck,SJ Muir,more

Junee rd 11 - 2015


The Sheik of Gundagai - Barty First Grade Debut

Congratulations to Barty for his First Grade Debut with Brendon Compton taking a fall and unfortunately injury saw him not completing his First Grade top to the table match , from all reports Brendon until that point and his able replacement Barty did very well !more

Round 9 Snap Shot - Harris Park South City vs Gundagai

Great Day's footy with the First Grade a Terrific Match ending in a 28-28 draw.
Entertainment off the field courtesy of Benny 'Photo Bomb" Whitby ...see if you can spot him in the photos attached....

Sean "Crackles" Byatt may have lost a couple of spots in the waiting queue for Red Day Next Year, with a Golden Opportunty to Impress first game after Red Day , No Muffins, No Slice, ...more

Milestones Round 9 2015

Congratulations to the following Group Nine Referees for their respective achievements , Well Done and Enjoy the Weekend ! Tim Maloney League Tag Debut !
100th Group Nine Match Terrence Jacobs when he referees South City vs Gundagai League Tag match.
100th Reserve Grade Match Sean Skeers !! when he referees his match Wagga Kangaroos vs Cootamundra on Saturday at McDonalds Park.
(read on)....more

Red Day Wrap Up - Rd 8 Temora vs South City

Another Great day and special fund raising event, G9 Refs doing their bit with kindly Donated NRL Refs (RED AAMI) jumpers (Thanks Don Stewart Syd NRL, Pat Walsh , Steve Clark NRL ) for your terrific Support !! First Grade Jumper signed by Mick Henderson Temora Captain/Coach, Scott Muir, MJK Kirkman and Benny 200th Game Whitby and raised $175 .. (Thanks Fitzy, and your probably still wearing it) !!more

Milestones - Benny Whitby 200 Club

Congratulations Ben Whitby for a milestone of 200 games ! Well done and enjoy upon running out on Red Day at Nixon Park on Sunday.
First Grade Debut when Brendon Compton officiates the Albury vs Young game at greenfield Park .
Matt Seldon will officiate 50 Group Nine Games , well done Seldo..
Welcome and Good Luck Hayley Hackett on your League Tag touchline debut .more

24th May Weekend Catch Up Rd 7

What a way to finish off the day at Alfred Oval Young with a Traditional Trip to " Wendy's " to pick up "the Usual" as Dave put's it... with Wendy away the Great Western on Ice was no where to be found, as the Pic Dave Suggesting a Bottle of Moet will be Suffice ...
Round 8 - has there ever been a more anticipated season announcement than this coming weekend...(read on) ...more

Red Day - Temora vs Young "Flash Back" !!!!

Red Day – Temora vs Young at Nixon Park – Fantastic Sunday 3rd August 2014.
Congratulations to the Temora Rugby League club for hosting their Red Day in supporting local cardiac care with the Temora Rugby league football club raising in the vicinity of $5000 on the day...please read on..more

Referee Round Up - Snapshot of News

Congratulations to Tony & Mitzie Young who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary recently !!

Word on the street is famed Benny Whitby's Laminated Signed Beer Coasters have been superseded ...By a New Celebrity in our midst after his recent TV appearances...dressed in a Dapper Turtleneck Skivvy and seen for a few seconds in his moment of fame in the opening TV advertising ..Read on.more

First Grade Match - 350 Bernie Nix !!

Outstanding Achievement to reach 350 First grade Games - Nixy , at Albury vs Tumbarumba match at Greenfield Park , Albury, Well Done Mate and as you say "Play On " .... Zane Popple 50th League Tag Match @ Gundagai , Kale Popple 50th 18's Match at McDonalds Park , 18's Debut Sean "Crackles Byatt" at Nixon Park, Brad Baker 18's Debut at Anzac Park, Molly Keough Seniors Debut L/Tag Touch line Sundaymore

Country vs City Pics with G9 Refs & NRL Referees

Many Thanks to our Colleagues in our NRL Referees who were fantastic in giving up their valuable time to run some video sessions with us. A couple more visits to G9 area from Adam & Russell in particularly and they will be adopted assocations Members..Thank You Adam Devich, Alan Shortall , Russell Turner, Ricky McFarlane, Gavin Reynolds, Ben Galea, Ashley Klein, Shayne Hayne.more

Fletch - Refereeing Debut (of sorts) ..

With the Ear to the Ground the late mail is after 688 Games,393 of those first Grade , 6 First Grade Grand Finals and 39 Years of Refereeing experience will be a great lead up into ...a Ladies League Tag Debut as Touchjudge when Fletch steps out to Tumbarumba Show Ground with the home team playing Wagga Bros.
Fletch will also support Dave Cullum as a 18's Touch Judge....more

Milestones Greg Smith & Seldo

Congratulations Smithy for chalking up Game 100 Reserve Grade match when you officiate the Tumba vs Wagga Bros Match at Tumbarumba.
Matt Seldon will Debut in his first Reserve Grade Match , and just to warm him up he will also referee the 16's at the start of the day.
Special Mention to Fitzy for his 18's and League Tag matches on Saturday, and Kale Popple with his 4 consecutive matches.more

Group 9 vs Group 20 Ref Appt - FIRST GRADE POSTPHONED

Congratulation to the following referees and touch judges for their representative appointments this weekend, prior to the Official NRL Country vs City Origin 2015 games at McDonalds Park on Sunday.more

Toby & Country Team Training Run

Toby was in charge of running the Country team through there paces in a referee capacity during their training run against the First Grade Temora Team this afternoon at McDonalds Park.
Terrific Experience I'm sure, Well Done to Trent Barrett for accommodating such as experience for one of our aspiring referees !!more

Weekend Round Up - Rd 3

With Friday Night games in lower grades kicking off Rd 3 (great attendence at Parramore Park) perhaps a thought for rounds to come, terrific day/night at Robertson oval and Sunday Games....our Wagga operatives at Young had some exciting games and "Wendy" welcoming them back with the Road Trip orders... well done...Plus Debut from the NEW Benny W !!more

Great Junior Numbers making Seniors Debut

Congratulations to DOR Fletch, Coaching Staff Tony Young, Jaco, Graeme, Uumpa along side Kale Popple, Terrence Jacobs from our junior assocation and senior referees for their support and assisting in their transition of some great juniors and their pathway into senior ranks, just in 4 rounds 8 Referees have stepped up into senior appointments and doing so very very well...referees including ...more

Round 3 Anzac Match Robertson Oval.

For the 3rd Year in row the combined Group Nine Rugby League and RFL matches have been played back to back with a large crowd attending. Pics Attached...more

Anzac Day March - Brian Walker & Uumpa Hetherington

Brian Walker & John "Uumpa" Hetherington, hoping you had a Great Anzac Day !!more

Fantastic Training Session - 16 attending

Well Done Riss & Toby for their Awesome sessions tonight at Anderson Oval . Will wait and see how I pull up after the Bear Crawl , Leapard Crawl..boxing, sprint work..Great to See New & Younger faces tonight and last few weeks in Mikaylee, Michelle, Connor, Jayden, Maddie , Luke, Kane to name a few....Next Tuesday 6pm Anderson Oval Wagga , see you there..Wayne "Boo Boo" & SJ taking next session..more

First Grade Debut Toby Popple - Congratulations

Fantastic Achievement for one of our Youngest Members to Referee First Grade for our Group Nine Referees Association. He will officiate his First Grade Debut when he takes charge of last years Grand Finalists Gundagai vs Albury at Anzac Park Gundagai. Well done Toby and Well deserved , Enjoy !!more

Congratulations Brad Baker Refereeing Centre Debut

Well Done Brad and all the best for your 16's Debut at Anzac Park, at Gundagai when you Referee the 16's Gundagai vs. Albury Match on Sunday.
CONGRATULATIONS BLAKE MAHER on your Touch Debut also at Anzac Park, upon 16's and 18's Touch lines, Welcome to Group Nine Referees !!more

Great Numbers at Refs Training .

With 12 attending Tuesday's session was fantastic, most numbers we have had this year. Hard work out with some variety run by MJK & Scotty M,
With Next Tuesday's Session lead by and paired between Toby and Rizz, 6pm start at Anderson oval , with a great mixture of Seniors Refs , Juniors Refs and the ladies from of Scotty's Social boot Camp has been great ..more

Rd 1 Jnrs & Snrs Pics + 48 Junior Games Sat HELP Required Please !!

All available referees are required at Equex Wagga this Saturday with a record 48 games that have been scheduled for Round 2 of Junior league, starting 9am sharp, please contact Kale Popple or Terrence Jacobs of your Availability to assist in slotting referees to appropriate time slots..more

Ben Cummins NRL Coaching Clinic - Local Referees

Fantastic Day had by all, Congratulations again to Ben Cummins for his valuable time and input, Please see photos attached...more

Referee Whistles Available Now ...

Please contact Kale Popple who can supply you a Acme Thunder Whistle (in stock) for $12 each , Please ring Kale on Mobile : 0412 452 663 if you require one.more

Rd 1 - Milestones 2015 Congratulations

Well Done and Congratulations to the following referees for there great achievement to cap of Round 1 of this season...(Please Read On)more

Practical Refereeing Clinic - With NRL Referee Ben Cummins 7th April - Parramore Park, Wagga.

An INVITATION to attend a Practical Refereeing Coaching Course, involving NRL Referees, at Parramore Park, Equex centre, Wagga Wagga, on TUESDAY, 07/04/2015 from 8:30am to 4:00pm. ALL Group 9 Referees – whether involved in Junior/Minor and Senior RL - are WELCOME to attend.See the attached documents for all information in relation to the Clinic.A FREE NRL T-Shirt handed out to every ref attendingmore

Referee Appointments - All Stars Reconciliation Cup

The Referee/Touch Judge appointments for the All Stars Reconciliation Cup RL game on Saturday, 04/04/2015 at Lavington Sports Ground prior to the NRL game – Manly Sea Eagles vs. Canberra Raiders – are as follows:-
Referee: Bernie Nix/Jake White.
Touch Judges: Brendon Compton and Connor Adamson.
(Pink Jumpers)more

28th & 29th March - Full Weekend of Matches

With a full day of selection trials plus 4 first Grade matches and Reserve grade on Saturday , then further matches Sunday ... will be a very busy weekend, Please advise Fletch ASAP if you can do additional matches to what you have already been appointed too, All the best for the weekend.more

Saturday Trial Games 21st March - Appointments

Refereeing appointments for Saturday 21st March , Good Luck ! (Please read on) ...more

Weekend Wrap up 14th-15th March

Word on the ground ... please read on..more

Gundagai Jnr Refs Session Anzac Park 10th March

A great attendance of 13 junior referees attended a Referees coaching session at Anzac Park Tuesday Night 10th March,
Session Run by Tony Fletcher, Scott Muir & Mick Kirkman, Great Session and thanks to Shane Bartlett for organising.more

Hardy Shield Draw 2015 - Referee Appointments + Competition Conditions

Please find Hardy Shield Draw& Referee Appointments for 2015...Please read on ...more

Referees Needed Coota Nines Sat 14th March 2015

Message from DOR - Tony Fletcher, FYI – please note the Draw for the Cootamundra Nines on Saturday, 14/03/2015 – listing 28 games ( 25 x RL Nines games and 3 x Women’s League tag games) on Les Boyd Oval, Fisher Park, and the adjoining Nicholson Park, Cootamundra. YOUR URGENT CORRESPONDENCE IS REQUIRED Tony Fletcher, Group 9 referees,
Mobile: 0427237121 , 05/03/2015, 10am Start - Final 7pm ......more

2015 Group 9 RL Pre-season Trial Games

## Late News 07/06 - Wagga Bros vs Yanco Trial Match Cancelled ##.. Please note for your reference the up coming Pre-season matches....
starting Saturday 7th March 2015 as per advice from Director of Referees Tony Fletcher (Please Read On) ...more

Congratulations Warrick & Sarah Bowden

Congratulations to Warrick & Sarah on their birth of little Hugh William Bowden, Born 18th Jan 2015, 3.2kg & 50.5 cm , cute little fella , and we wish them both well !!!!more

West Wyalong 2015 - Appointments Finals Sat

This Friday Night Group 9 Referees Jake White & Scott Muir will be assisting their G20 colleagues with a center and touchline respectively. They are both looking forward to their first 1st Grade hit out for the season which anticipates to be a great night/weekend of footy.
UPDATED : SATURDAY APPOINTMENTS Excellent Weekend of Rugby League.more

G9 Refs NRL Footy Tipping 2015

With re-location of Co-Captain for our Social Committee Sam Went enjoy his new working life in Manly, Terrence Jacobs has kindly put up his hand to run this seasons footy tipping comp. Please contact Terrence if you have not already received notification about the comp.
Terry Jacobs :

Great Numbers at first Unofficial Sunday Pre-Season Hit Out

Kale Popple, Toby Popple, Maddie Popple, MJK Kirkman, Sticks Kirkman, Max Biles, Terrence Jacobs, Dave Cullum, Jacob Chapple, and run by Scott Muir, our first Unofficial Sunday Social Fitness Hit out, All welcome next Sunday 8am, Starting from 14 Plunkett Drive Lake Albert, plenty parking across the road at Mater Dai High School Car Park...Please Read On..more

Your Official Referee Number - TBC awaiting your feedback

A Huge Thank you to Tony Young (LM) and also Warren Barclay for his input regarding finalising our Player/Referee Cap Number.I have researched and reviewed as best as possible to be accurate, if you have alternate feedback to what is listed please let me know, I am hopeful to have it locked in by Round 1 2015, further numbers to follow soon.more

The National League Net Database - Your Action Required

Is being heavily promoted by NRL Limited and comprises of Three Elements:
# Competition and Member (player, coach, offical, match offical, Referee)
Management system Fox Sports Pulse # National membership database and online clearence system # Websites, ACTION: It will be necessary for every Group 9 referee member (whether active or Non active) to complete and return the following forms(Read Onmore

Official Fitness Training Tuesdays 5.45pm Botanic Gardens

Official Training Tuesdays 5.45pm from carpark, BBQ area of the botanic Gardens off Macleay street, Wagga Wagga, All Members are Welcome to attend and highly recommended each evening.more

Diary Dates Up Coming Events - Your Availability

2015 Referee Development workshops:
Saturday 14th March 2015, 9am start at Wagga Wagga, South Wagga Public School.
Sunday 15th March 2015, 9am Start at Cootamundra , Cootamundra Country Club venue.
The Group 9 RL Board of Management has again reiterated that ALL G9 Refs need to attend one of these very import workshops in 2015, All information sheet detailing agenda to be sent shortly.Read onmore

Director of Referees - Tony Fletcher (LM) Details:

Phone: 02 6937 38 47
Fax: 02 69 37 38 77
Work Address Level 3, 76 Morgan street Wagga Wagga
Mobile 0427 237 121 or Home 02 69 31 25 16
Po Box 1332 Wagga Wagga NSW 2650more

20-20 Full Time NYC 20's Trial Match at Albury

Played in mid 30's Degrees Temperature a hard fast match was played with Storm racing in late tries to draw the match vs the Raiders. Played in 4 x 20 minute quarters with the following Referees controlling each Quarter (Scott Muir, Toby Popple, Mark Daly, Brendon Compton) with teams of x2 touch judges Connor Adamson & Anthony Hopper, Mark & Andrew Hooper. Great Day had by All !!more

4pm Sat 7th Feb Albury NYC Trial Raiders vs Storm

Please note (4pm)start for RL Pre-season Trial Game to be held at Greenfield Park, Albury on this SATURDAY, 7th February, 2015 at 4:30pm; and the Referee/Touch Judge appointments are as follows:-
Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm – NYC Holden Cup.
Referees: Scott MUIR/Toby POPPLE/Mark DALY/Brendon COMPTON.
Touch Judges: Connor Adamson, Mark Hooper, Anthony Hooper, Andrew Hoopermore

Further Pre-Season Matches - 2015

Director of Referees Tony Fletcher will provide further advice on this :
Riverina Academy v Melbourne Storm 16s and 18s in Albury on 21st February (2 games)
Tumut Nines from 6th February to 13th March
Riverina Academy v Canberra Raiders Development 16s and 17s in Junee on 7th March (2 games)
Riverina Academy v Melbourne Development 16s and 17s in Albury on 21st March (2 games)more

Coming Soon - Benny "Jack Reed" Whitby 5 for ...

Off Season cricketing achievements (still to come) details on Benny "Jack Reed" Whitby Firey Spell to take 5 wickets, MJK Opening the batting and Wicket Keeper , Seldo steady opener , and further News on Wayne Burgun & Sean "Crackles"Byatt Touch mudda Run, also CRLRA Wollongong News ...(Coming Soon)...more

Sam Went, Mark Daly & Tony McAlister Leaving G9 Refs...

Our Group Nine Referees will say Good Bye to key members for our up coming Season 2015, (See Below their stats and G9 Career Summary)
Sam will relocate to Manly for Employment, Mark will be Coaching the Albury Thunder League Tag Team, Tony McAlister has officially Retired (Never say never though) ...We Wish them all well and will be sorely missed (read on)more

G9 Refs Back Pack Travels O/Seas

Not content to touring the Outback in Sept/October, latest pics show and overseas trip to San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, Las Vegas Belligo and Caesars Palace Hotels...more

CMO Level 1 - Course Attended

Sat 22nd November Scott Muir, Mick Kirkman, Kale Popple, Sean Skeers, Brad Hart and Mark Hooper attended the CMO Level 1 accreditation course at Camden. Run by Pat Walsh and Willie Barnes a larger attendence of 29 featuring referees from Group 9, Group 20, Group 6 , Central Coast, Group 16, Canberra.
Special Guests NRL & NSWRL Referee Coaches Steve Clark, Steve Clapson & Phil Haines..further...more

G9 Refs Back Pack Travels - Further

After recently spotted at : Uluru, Olgas NT, Kings Canyon, Narellan now Camden...USA latest Outing ..more

G9 Refs Back Pack - Travels

G9 Referees is all about tradition, both official and unofficial...surely to take off is our G9 Refs "Back Pack - out and about" sure to send in your photos of your back pack travels, First Edition are Awesome photos taken by Dave Cullum on his recent outback travels ...Great Work Dave..more

Kapooka Nines ...

Under very hot conditions well done the following referees who contributed to making the Kapooka 9s and touchfooty day a great success: Kale Popple, Toby Popple, Nixy, Seldo, Terrence, Max, Crackles Byatt, Sean Bremer , well done !!more

2014 AGM - Positions for Season 2015

26 members and guests were in attendence for our AGM at the Wagga RSL Club last Thursday night..Read on for all Positions.more

G9 Refs 2014 Presentation Night Photos

Apologies for quality of some photos, these are the best out of 100 taken, Enjoy .,
Great end to a fantastic Season 2014....Fletch mentioned at last years G9 AGM that season 2014 was all about 'fun'and enjoying your to say we achieved that , and some...well done Enjoyable year, looking foward to 2015 !!!more

Congratulations Scott Muir G9 Refs Referee of the Year

Another great season and fantastic presentation night had by all with the following senior association awards as follows:more

2014 G9 Refs Presentation Junior Assoc .Awards

Congratulations to our Group Nine Referees Junior Association on an excellent year and special mention to Kale Popple and Terrence Jacobs for the terrific job they do each and every year, well done and great work to the following award winners.more

Sunshine Monday 2014 - Photos

Again all in good fun intended by all, great day, lots of laughs ...further photos to come...more

Photos GF 2014

All Photos taken in Good Humour and for the fun it was intended, Great Weekend and still laughing...still more photos to come...more

Congratulations Bernie Nix G9 RL Referee of the Year

Congratulations Brendon Compton G9 RL Emerging Referee Award
Well done and great effort, All the Best in your Respective GF Centres Tomorrow Sunday 28th Sept 2014more

2014 Grand Final Referee Appointments

Congratulations to the following referees for the Grand Final Appointments. (further details & Milestones see below),
Bernie Nix First Grade Grand Final
Scott Muir Reserve Grade Grand Final
Jake White 18's Grand Final
Brendon Compton 16's Grand Final
Zane Popple Ladies League Tag Grand Final
Well done and do well !!more

42 GF's Between them...History Snap shot..

McDonalds Park Equex Wagga Saturday 20th Sept 2014 were L to R , Bernie Nix, Tony Fletcher, John Hetherington, Scott Muir their history snapshot between 4 referees..100+ Years Exp refereed the last 20 Consecutive First Grade GF's, 42 G9 GF's, 1671 G9 Games, 1117 First Grade Games, 17 G9 & Association Awards, 2 life memberships..that's alot of GF Pewter Mugs ...(alot of tradition)more

20th Sept 2014 PF Photos..McDonalds Park Wagga

Pic 1 - LtoR Shane "Barty" Bartlett, Toby Popple, Brendon Compton, Terrence Jacobs
Pic 2 - Wayne "Boo Boo" Burgun, Jake White, Barty,
Pic 3 - Kale Popple, Matt "Seldo" Seldon, Dave Cullum
Pic 4 - Max Biles, Scott Muir, Seldo,
Pic 5 - Benny "Captn" Whitby, Bernie "Nixy" Nix, Mick "MJK" Kirkman
- Please read on --more

2014 Preliminary Final Appointments 20th Sept 2014

Congratulations to all involved and all the very best for this Saturday at McDonalds Park , Equex Centre Wagga Wagga....(Read On) ...more

Sunshine Monday 2014 - (Update)

Take a look at the playing roster for Sunshine Monday far THIS IS THE LIST that has come across the desk..IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON HERE PLEASE LET JAKE WHITE,SCOTT MUIR or SAM WENT KNOW ASAP!!
TBC - 15. Chapple , 16. Jaco (Read next page....)more

SF 2 - 2014 Sunday 14th Sept Snap Shot Photos Harris Park

Great x2 days of footy, great refereeing and touchjudge work and many laughs once again..who else... Benny "Christian Grey" Whitby & Matt "Eclipse" Seldon leading the way... read on for photos ...more photos to be added stay tuned..more

Benny Files - SF Edition,Sat 13th Sept 2014

..Please read on....Part 2 (Sunday) and Photos coming soon.....(read on) ...more

CMO - Coaching Match Official Course Registration

Level 1 at Camden on Saturday 22nd November 2014 ..further questions see Fletch DOR. (Read On)more

2014 Jnr Referee GF Appointments Nth & Sth Zones 2014

Congratulations to all Referees and Touchjudges and there GF appointments this past weekend, and from all reports some great games and excellent on-field performances from all involved - Well Done !! on..more

Appointments Semi Finals Week 2 - 2014

Congratulations and all the best for Semi Finals Week 2 of our 2014 Season. Appointments (see below)
Saturday 13th Sept 2014 @ Anzac Park Gundagai
Sunday 14th Sept 2014 @ Harris Park Waggamore

Appointments Semi Finals Week 1 - 2014

Congratulations all Referees all the very best this week,Special mentioned and well done to Referees officiating in the Semi Final Series for the first time on the respective appointment , Great Effort : Mark Daley 1st Grade Semi Final, Brad Hart 18's, Toby Popple 16's , Zane Popple & Sean Byatt League Tag Semi Finals, also very best to our Team of TJs making their Debut...more

Benny Files End of Season (of sorts)

Please enjoy the snap shots of our End of Season Dinner at the Kooringal Hotel and Rd 18 at McDonalds Park Wagga Bros vs Temora ...more

Jake & Scott Parenting 101

Please find photos and parenting tips by Jake & Scott , with both Ella and Amalee respectively ...(read on)more

Rd 18 - Brad Hart Assaulted .....

Not content for a dive bomb during Brad's warm up , the black and white prediator was not satisified until he had a couple of attempts during touchjudge work at kicks for goal ....satisfaction achieved when a piece of Brad was taken ...literally (see photos)...more

Congratulations Baby James Michael Hellowell Arrives

Message from Mick " Just thought I’d send a little update to all, as a lot of you I don’t have on facebook, or you just don’t use it,
So I’d like to announce that my fiancé gave birth to a beautiful baby boy at 1am this morning, we named him James Michael Hellowell, weighing in at 9 pounds 1 ounce and measuring at 55cm, I have attached a photo as I would like you all to see how beautiful he is "more

Rd 18 Milestones Congratulations !!!

Well Done Wayne Burgun for your 50th 18's Centre when you officiate the Coota vs Junee Match at Les Boyd Oval, Ironically the same venue Wayne refereed in his unexpected First Grade Debut (1994).
Well Done Toby Popple for your 50th Group Nine Match, when you officiate in the 16's match of the round Wagga Bros vs Temora,
Shane "Barto" Bartlett will make his Reserve Grade Debut Gundagai v Youngmore
No Sign of phantom & Burgo, now off to Tumut

Rd17 at Tumba Showground with photos updated...

Photo opportunity couldn’t be missed…when the travelling party took tourist shots of the 4 Bears Café, infamously know as a “Stop Over” point for those that are travelling to Batlow, No sign of Yogi Walker or Boo Boo Burgun, no sign of the 4 Bears Occupants either due to the closed sign , local sources tell us they are closed and away on holidays…(read on) ....more

Rd 16 Photos -- Gundagai v Albury at Anzac Park 2014

Excellent Days footy all round , slightly wet at Anzac Park , Please enjoy the snapshots....(read on for photo descriptions) ...more

2014 Annual Presentation Night Friday 10th October 2014

At Rivergum Restaurant - same venue as previous years, travelling members will be assisted with accommodation so Please advise Association Early,
Fletch - Secretary or Scott Muir Social Club when you see them at your next opportunity.more

League Tag Premiers Challenge 11th & 12th October 2014

As per Touchdown, Please notethe following: (From Tony Hardy DO Referees NRL)
The CRL is running Ladies League Tag Premiers Challenge on the weekend of the 11th & 12th October 2014 in Scone. Nominate through our Group Nine Referees Association. Referees must have been refereeing league tag in Group Nine this season, very good understanding of international League Tag laws as these will be ...more

Masters Rugby League Carnival at Young (October 2014)

Please note in your Diary the very successful Masters League Carnival is on again in Young in October , Referees will be needed...more

New Polo Shirts (information required ASAP)

Association Members, Please forward our Sizes to Fletch if you haven't already..more

350th Group Nine Match-Scott Muir Rd 16

First Grade Round 16 Gundagai vs Albury will be Group Nine Match 350,and 20 years Round (16)1994 since First Grade Debut Cootamundra vs Temora at Fisher Park - Les Boyd Oval. After some early years with injuries about 5 attempted retirements and 3 years in Sydney ,almost joining Group 20 for a season well here we are.....quick summary ..more

Extra yard ....MJK & Boo Boo Burgun and ...also...

Scene at Anderson Oval Tonight putting in the hard yards at training , MJK Kirkman and Wayne "Boo Boo" Burgun , Well Done Guys !!!
Belated Congratulations to Brad Hart and Toby Popple for their efforts at the NSWRL All Schools Carnival at Penrith recently, Brad was Appointed to the 14's Grandfinal and touch Judge for the 15's, Toby also performed very well (apologies for not having Toby's info)more

Young vs Wagga Bros Round 15 Snap Shots

Photos coming soon.....Also Congratulations Brad Hart on his Reserve Grade Debut Rd 16 Temora vs Junee at Nixon Park Temora.more

Benny Files V + Flash back photos

(Image) as the story goes the apparent expression of a traveling duo when they arrived at the Saturday venue to find all put a swinging metal sign in the wind (closed) and tumble weeds rolling across the ground...rumour has it the pair were sipping lattes across the road at the 4 Bears cafe awaiting for "Anyone" to turn up...the penny dropped they actually had to be a further 69 kms South West....more

The Benny Chronicles Final Edition Rd 14 Temora

Please enjoy the remainder of our Round 14 Temora Red Day photos....plenty more although focus as not great as the night went on...We have a New Mascot "Fred" ...will be easy to spot ...more

The Benny Chronicles ...Part V..Rd 14 Nixon Park

As Mentioned, A picture paints a thousand words, Well Take a look of these...words would not do justice to the Funniest, Fantastic day of football and socializing I've had in many season....look forward to the crazy captures...(read on) ...stay tuned more photos to come..more

Milestone and Benny Files (sort of) Part IV

Congratulations Mark Hooper for his 50th Group Nine Match achievement when he officiates the 16's between Tumut vs South City at Twickenham Sunday.

Benny Files of sorts (Benny is involved).... Red Day Nixon Park Rd 14
On the back of their last efforts at Alfred Oval Young earlier in the season ... (read on) ...more

Riverina Schoolboys RL Carnival Junee - Refs Needed

Referees needed for the Annual Riverina Schoolboys Football Carnival at Junee on Saturday 2nd August, 2014 - Referees will be PAID $15 per game. First Games start at 9am and continue throughout day, Venues will be Laurie Daley Oval, Loftus Oval, Junee Showground and Burns Park (Soccer grounds). Games will be 15 minutes each way. Referees please register on arrive at Refs Tent near LD Oval Canteen.more

Rd 13 Albury Thunder vs Wagga Bros

Great Day in Albury and Great Day of Footy , Snap Shots of Round 13 2014 at Greenfield Park ..please read on ....more

Dave Cullum's predicts the future....

After much discussion about a question Dave brought up at our Referees Meeting last Thursday Night ,by NRL Friday Night Football that very incident occurred . Question was posed that if a ball bounced in the ingoal and a defending player caught it over the dead ball line however it did not touch the ground who had made the ball dead ... fullback or the kicker..more

The Whistle Blowers Article - Courtesy WDA Website

Who'd want to be a referee - the man everybody loves to hate? Andrew McMillen talks to those prepared to make the tough calls.

North Queensland Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston has had enough. It's an hour into a rugby league game at Sydney's Parramatta Stadium one Friday evening in June and Thurston's team is menacing Parramatta's defensive line when they make a mistake, which prompts ...more

200 Club Greg Smith + Milestones

Congratulations to Greg "Smithy - Beau" Smith for his 200th Group Nine Match when he officiates South City vs Cootamundra Reserve Grade at Harris Park on Sunday. Well Done Smithy Do well,
Congratulations Terrence Jacobs upon his Reserve Grade Debut Sunday, Tumba vs Tumut at Tumba Showground, Well Done !!
Pic 1 - Smithy
Pic 2 - Terrence RHS of Zane.more

General Meeting Thursday 24th July 2014

7.30pm Start, Wagga RSL Club in the Bowlers Meeting Rooms,
All Members welcome. For those that can make it, Social Dinner just prior 6 for 6.15pm start at Bistro all welcome.more

Rd 12 Junee vs Tumba at Laurie Daley Oval 2014

Great Day of Footy, Up Tempo, Intensity, Passion, and Great Team work , Shout out to Shane "Barto" Bartlett and Benny "Too many nicknames to mention" Whitby for their Excellent assistance during First Grade ....see pics attached.....more

Benny Files IV - Snow Plough

With the Hybrid "Whitby" Express making tracks toward Cootamundra both Pilot "Captain Schooners" and Co-Pilot Sam "Liam" Went were oblivious
between them that a road sign warning Livestock ahead , may actually mean exactly that and perhaps de-accelerating may be of value ... Not until they almost had a New Occupant in the front seat that it was a warning to perhaps slow down... (read on)more

Referees Needed - Now Wed 23/07/2014 - U/14 's Cochrane Cup RL program

Referees are needed for 8 x games of RL of the 2014 Cochrane Cup RL Program at Parramore Park, Equex Centre, Wagga Wagga on THURSDAY, 17th JULY, 2014 with games commencing at 9:00am and going thru to 2:30pm.
If you are available to referee on this day; please contact me as soon as possible. Games 2 x 15min halves and finals 2 x 20min halves,10am start. Tony Fletcher - Director of Refereesmore

Update Tues 15th July + Benny Files (inc Benny) III

Congratulations Benny "Captain Schooners Diet Coke Dry July" Whitby..will referee his 50th Reserve Grade match Rd 12 when he controls the Junee vs Tumbarumba Match at Laurie daley Oval...With CMO Fletch and joining Scott Muir for his First Grade touch Line it is almost winding the clock back 10 years for Benny & Scott to the "infamous" Field Goal event...but thats at story for another onmore

Rd 10 Harris Park 2014 - Snapshots + Benny Files ...

Pic 1 - Dilemma ? Does Seldo finish his freshly purchased Ganmain pie with Sauce and Mustard before he runs out for his emergency call up for the Reserve Grade touch line, Nixy is making his decision so much easier...encouraging at least one bite...
Pic 2 - Kale and Starry , doing the best warm up stretches or shaking the tremoundous amount of Harris Park mud off their boots ....(read on)..more

95% Match Stats now completed - 108 Years of History

After almost 7 Years of research I am happy to say that I currently have around 95% data from 713 members who have centre referee in at least 1 match over the last 108 Years. With No local Competition as suspended during World War 1, and Junior football only and occassional intertown match during World War 2, it has become great reading. Next Step will be a Committee meeting ...(Read On)more

Group Nine Refs Links to Referees for SOO III 2014

Drive through Group Nine and we will claim you, however we can back the claim up on this occasion...
Congratulations to Gerard Sutton for his State Of Origin Debut when he officates in the third and deciding match next Wednesday in QLD along side Ben Cummins....Please read On....more

NRL Referee Gerard Sutton offers advice to our Group Nine Refs Assoc


NRL Referee Gerard Sutton - Interview for G9 Refs

My advice to any New Referee would be above all else to have fun and love the game, Be strong, not arrogant, listen, learn develop a professional attitude and always hold yourself to the highest standard. The players you’re refereeing, regardless of the grade deserve no less....(more please read on)more

Refereeing decisions - At Least an 80 Year old arguement

During continued research of our Refereeing History I stumbled across the following, put to print 80 years ago, ( 29th June 1934 )to be exact...makes interesting reading...(please read on) ..more

Alfred Oval Young Rd 9 2014 - Boys in Action...

Prior to setting off for the 1hr 45 min trek (Rumours only of course...1.0hr with Hybrid Express Webber Whitby)to Young, the Wagga conditions were 8 Degrees, windy and wet....not sure how the conditions may improved as I drove in the direction of Canberra. Surprisingly, No Snow...just drizzle,light winds enough to ensure you couldn't feel 100% of your on...more

July Holiday Clinic for Referees

A Free clinic is being held for Referees in July.more

150th Group Nine Match Sam Went

Congratulations Sam on your Milestone of your 150th Group Nine Match when you blow time on at Laurie Daley Oval, Junee with his First Grade encounter between Junee vs Gundagai , Do well Sam and well done !!
I was there for your First Grade Debut when Tumba played Gundagai at Adelong, time flies....more

Benny Files - Part III 2014 (Without Benny)

Passed on by one of the many ETTG Sources.....
One Hint regarding the Referee in Question ..."Play On ".....more

Matt Seldon & Jon Burgun 18's Debut - Well Done !!

Matt will make his 18's Debut between Gundagai vs Wagga Kangaroos at Anzac Park Gundagai on Saturday 21st June 2014.
Jon will debut for his first 18's competition match in Group Nine when he officates Tumut vs Junee at Twickenham oval on Sunday,
Congratulations on your appointments , do well !!more

The Ultimate MJK Bake Off RD 7 !!! Results Are In....

..Muffin Mits at 20 Paces...Read on for the Re-Cap and the all important
Controversy" and "Video Ref" Decision ......Actually No Controversy but Now I have your attention please read on for the Re-Cap and the all important results after Round 7.....more

Benny Files - Part II 2014

Feature Piece on the latest Benny Files....Please Read On .... 2 Minutes Spare ....more

Max Biles 400th Group Nine Match Round 7 - Congratulations

Only 3 referees have Eclipsed the 400 match honour , (Tony Fletcher 688, Bernie Nix 411, Jack Castle 403) and Now Max Biles Game 400 , when he officates in the Top of the Table Clash in the 16's when the under defeated Temora Dragons play undefeated Wagga Bros. So much importance placed in this match to have a leading referee with such experience to officate in this match.... Please read on ....more

Rd 7 Nixon Park ....Snap Shots...

The Day Max "400" Biles fittingly recieved a corridor of applause as he entered Nixon Park for Game 400,well done Mate and a great day had all round, Please find snap shots attached.....Mick MJK Kirkman, Dave Cullum, Nathan Starr, Toby Popple....I was the one with the none of me...Great Day, Lots of Laughs, Great Footy, Bring on Round 8....more

Referee History Snapshot/s

17th July 1938 - "An Historic Whistle" - Connected with Early Days.
Times of the Early days of Rugby League in Wagga were revived when the Referee of the Magpies - Waratahs match, Austin Jones, used a Whistle which had been presented to him by the late William Archer. Mr Archer with the late Tom O'Farrell and the late Edward Tonkin, founded Rugby League Football in Wagga....Please Read on ....more

Getting in Early - Post Grandfinal Mystery Bus Trip

Our Group Nine Referees Social Committee are getting in early for our planned Season Recovery,(Post Grandfinal Mystery Bus Trip) or loosely known as Mad Monday planned for Monday 29th Sept 2014...(Please read on)more

It's Back Unofficial Ear to the Ground Alias Benny Files

After some time the unofficial ETTG or also know as the seemingly Benny Files.....(please read on) also refer disclaimer .....Please note that Ear to the Ground is generally a witty, non serious joke of stories as told by members of the association.
It is in no way reflects the views of any individual or the association and should be taken in a light hearted unoffensive manner.more

MJK Bake Off .....what have we created ......

A journey to Memorial Park, Batlow on a winter’s day started all this....please read onmore

Mark Daly 100th First Grade Game + Milestones

Congratulations Mark Daly - 100th First Grade Match Gundagai vs Tumbarumba at Anzac Park , Gundagai (See live Stats for 100 Club and milestones)
Jon Burgun - 16's Debut Tumut vs Young @ Twickenham Oval, Tumut
WELCOME BACK - Sean "Crackles" Byatt , Resuming his Refereeing Career in his League Tag Debut with Tumut vs Young... Good Luck !more

NSW Country vs City Police Match @ McDonalds Park Wagga

Congratulations to Bernie Nix Referee and Touch Judges Brad Hart & Toby Popple for their Representative appointment when officiating in the Country vs City Police Match in Wagga on Wednesday. From all report Very Well Done !! Great Effort !!more

14th Referees Debut 2014

Congratulations Mark Hooper League Tag Wagga Bros vs Young, Shane Bartlett for his 18's Debut Tumut vs Albury and Matt Fitzgerald League Tag Debut Temora vs Kangaroos. Both Mark & Matt require one more leaguetag game to overtake Rookie LTag Referees Bernie Nix (2) Jake White (2) Scott Muir (2) Kale Popple (1) Andrew Smith (1)more

CRLRA Appointment for Toby Popple and Brad Hart

Congratulations to Toby & Brad for their respective Country Championship referees Appointment. Well done and Good luck on the 7th & 8th of June 2014 at Figtree NSW.

U'16s East Coast Dolphins vs Newcastle - Referee Toby Popple

U'16's Loser of Bidgee Bulls vs Southern Redbacks vs Loser of Western Rams vs Central Coast - Referee Brad Hartmore

Unofficial Travelling Refereeing Wilburys

Courtesy of the Wagga Motors Taxi, Wagga's newly formed unofficial members of the "Travelling Wilbury's" Departed 7.30am on Mothers day (that's another story)for the 150 kms Journey North East in search of Alfred Oval Young ...(Please read on)more

Bidgee Selection Referee Appointments (Congratulations)

Congratulations and all the best to the following Referees on their Representative Appointments:
(see Next Tab)more

G9 Referee/s of the Round (3) 2014 + Milestones

Huge effort once again from All referees due to shortage of numbers and late changes.

(Website Editors Personal Opinion only upon viewing last weeks rounds.)more

Anderson Oval 6pm Tuesday's Refs Training Update

All Welcome to Refs Training which has now kicked off at Anderson Oval, Glenfield Rd. 6pm start, Finish around 7-7.15pm.
We Appreciate there is plenty on with Touch footy, work commitments etc so if you can make it all good. Tonights Session were great, actually not quite correct ....Read On...more
MJK Batch of Betty Crocker Triple Choc Brownies Rd 2

MJK Batch of Triple Choc Brownies Rd 2

MJK alias Mick Kirkman batched up his special Betty Crocker Triple Choc Brownies for Round 2 for the Boys at Equex on Sunday, Well Done Mick 9.5 out of 10.
Sorry but there can only be one "Nadia Moment" in our Group Nine History.
Speaking of History there was almost a Phantom Hot Chips ,Gravy and Coke EWO Moment....(read on) ...more

2014,9th Referee to Debut Matt Shannon Congratulations

Well Done to another of our Wagga Junior Referees who have stepped into our Senior Group Nine Competition with Matt Shannon Centre Debut when he Referees the Temora vs Albury League Tag match, Well Done Matt !!more
Sam Went Scott Muir Ben Whitby

Rd 1 Game 1 2014 Anzac day at Robbo Oval

Fantastic Day and well done to the organisers for the dual event with both Group Nine & RFL Games.
Special Note Scott , Sam & Ben donated their Match Fees to the Charity of the Day, Wagga Sub Branch of the RSL.
Brian Walker and John Hetherington Vietnam Veterans enjoyed their day with John Umpa Hetherington Tossing the coin for the Kick off of the Wagga Kangaroos vs Wagga Bros match.more

A Refereeing topic 110 Years on.....

An Observation upon my Association History research as I piece it together, a topic of conversation 110 years on... (Please Read On)more

Vale - Nevyl Hand

Our Condolences to the Family of Nevyl Hand former First Grade Referee and Maher Cup Referee. Nevyl Refereed 265 matches with 207 of those in first grade, 32 in Reserve Grade and 26 combined Junior games.
Nevyl was also North Sydney Front Row forward and Captain and played for NSW in 1947-48. Played for Australia during the Second Test NZ in 1948, 1948/49 Kangaroo Tour and played ..more
MJK Muffins Batch 1

MJK Muffins Batch One 2014

The "MJK" Blueberry Muffins first batch of the season were experience at Equex on Saturday. Mick Kirkman rolled out his Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffins for the first time this season, CWA Endorsed I have to say a very high standard has been set for the season....Sensational ...Unofficial Rating of 9.5 out of 10.....more

Referee Appointments Rd 1 - 2014 Group Nine

Please find our Group Nine Referees Appointments for Round 1, Starting Friday 25th of April , Saturday 26th April and Sunday 27th April 2014...(read on)...more

6.30pm Rules Session Wagga Bros prior to Refs Meeting 17th April

Wagga Brothers RLF Club have booked in Game/Rules segment as part of their Thursday Night Training Session - 17/04/2014 at Parramore Park, Equex Centre, Wagga Wagga with Director of Referees Tony Fletcher Attending from 6.30pm-7pm , IF you are available your attendence is welcome - then proceed to association meeting at 7.30pm at Wagga RSL Club.more

Mud Sweat and Beers - Gundagai Referees get amongst it

our Association Members Wayne Burgun and Sean Bremmer where 2 of many who took the challenge again this year of the Gundagai Mud Sweat and Beers.
Different type of Pre-season but sure after the bumps, bruises, cuts it was all good ! Well Done !!more

New Date 17th April 2014 Association General Meeting

Please NOTE that due to a number of the Association Executive being away or not available; there has been a need to POSTPONE the planned Association Meeting from this Thursday until next Thursday week.
1.The next Association General Meeting will be held on THURSDAY, 17/04/2014 at the Wagga RSL Club – in the Bowlers Meeting Room – at 7:30pm.

And NOT on Thursday, 10/04/2014!more

Referee Appointments 12th April 2014

Please note the following appointments this weekend from Director Of Referees Tony Fletcher...(read on)...more

29th & 30th March Referee Appointments

Saturday 29th will see Murrumbidgee Championships for Under 18's and Ladies League Tag with first appointment at 9am.
Saturday 29th, Wagga Kangaroos interclub trial game at McDonalds Park.
Saturday 29th, at Albury 2014 Reconciliation Cup at Greenfield Park.
Sunday 30th, at Temora Nixon Park, 2014 Kelly Cup Temora vs West Wyalong.
Read on for Referees appointed.....more

New NRL Referee Recruitment Video

Please click on link below to view the New NRL Referee Recruitment Video,more

29th March 2014 - Saturday 18's and League Tag Carnival

Venue will be Anzac Park Gundagai.more

23rd March 2014 G9 RL U 16 Selection Trials

Laurie Daley Oval Junee will be the venue for these 16's Selection Trials.more

2014 Group 9 RL Pre-Season Trial Games details

Currently the Planned Pre Season matches for 2014 Group Nine Season are as follows: (further details contact G9 Referees Secretary & D.O.R Tony Fletcher)more

Hardy Shield 2014

HARDY SHIELD DRAW 2014 VENUE: Paramore Park ( round 1only)
/ McDonalds Park
GAMES are 25 minute halves with no time off for injuries. Round games can end in a draw at fulltime. The Grand Final game will be 30 minute halves with no time off except for a serious injury..continue ..more

Referees Workshop 15th & 16th March 2014

Wagga 8.45am at South Wagga Public School Saturday, and Cootamundra Country Club 8.45am Sunday. Contact Pat Walsh or Fletch for further details
New Referees, Junior and Senior Referees your attendence is encouraged,
Wagga Saturday 15th March 2014, Cootamundra 16th March 2014 .(read on..)more

Referees History Snap Shot 1924-1954-1994-2004

Plus Honorary Mention Mr JT (Tom) O'Farrell (Read on) ...more

Welcome Two New Members Brad Hart and Matt Shannon

Brad Hart Joins Group Nine from Group 11 and Matt Shannon progresses from our Junior to Senior Group Nine Ranks. Welcome and all the best for the season.more

On line Registration Link - Referees for 2014 Due

Please access and complete your On Line Registration for 2014 with Secretary and G9 Referees Director Tony Fletcher asking for your assistance to have completed by Saturday 1st of March, See below....more

Referees Gear Steward Update - New Gear to be Issued

Currently our Gear Steward Scott Muir has been Issuing to association members our New Group Nine Referees Back Packs, New Caps and On-field Socks. Please contact him to let him know when your attending Training, Pre-Season Games, Meetings so he can assure your issued with this gear. Also you will need to have with you your Communication Gear to be returned for Servicing/Maintenance prior 2014 Rd 1more

Referees Members Form Due ASAP

Please complete and return to Fletch your 2014 Group Nine Referees Directory Form. Return to Group 9 Referees Association Inc. PO Box 1332, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 or Fax to 02 69 373 877 or Hand Delivery to Fletch.more

Deepest Sympathy to Craig, Trent and Webster Family

Our Deepest Sympathy to Craig and Trent Webster and the Webster Family on the recent passing of their Father, George Webster. Our Best Wishes.more
Jake White & Scott Muir

Trials Games at Albury 8th Feb 2014 39.4 Degrees

Congratulations to all involved in the Riverina Academy Games and U/20's Trial between Storm vs Raiders. Storm Coming home 26-24, played over 4 x 20 minute quarters with the Temperature Peaking at 39.4 Degrees. Well Done again to all involved
(Pic Jake & Scott prior to U/20's Kick off)more

31st January 2014 CRLRA Referees Seminar at Fairy Meadow Wollongong

See also Upcoming Events- Tab on our Website for detail:
(31st January 2014-2nd Feb 2014) .....more

Official Pre-Season Fitness Training 2014 - 4th Feb 2014

Official Pre-Season Fitness Training will commence on Tuesday 4th February 2014 at the Botanic Gardens BBQ Area (off Macleay St Wagga Wagga) at 5.45pm All welcome to attend.more

2014 Director of Referees and Coaching Staff

Tony Fletcher (LM) has been appointed Group Nine Referees Association Director of Referees for Season 2014.
Assistants to the Director of Referees : Alan Jacobson (LM), John Hetherington, Tony Young (LM) and Graeme Coulton NB: with approval to add additional persons if available.
Brian Walker (LM) was again elected as the Group 9 RL Treasurer 2014
Mick Rudd (LM) G9 RL Judiciary Panel 2014more

NRL LeagueNet Database

ALL Referees should be registered on the national database before they take the field in any year. Note all referees registrations from 2014 onwards will be ON-LINE
B) If you are interested in undertaking and completing Level 1 or Level 2 Refs Coaches courses planned to be held in 2014 at venues previously advised - if there are sufficent nominations recieved Please contact Tony Fletcher ASAPmore

CRL Referees Association AGM Summary

Group Nine Referees Tony Young (LM) re-elected Patron of CRL along side Mick Stone & Nick Best. Kevin Forde Deputy President......more

Off Season Fun Scott & James Muir

Scott & James Muir participated recently in the Canberra Beast obstacle event over 11kms of running, crawling, climbing and plenty of bumps and bruises , awesome fun was the feedback.more

Sunday, 08/12/2013. Referees Coaching Clinic Pat Walsh

Please find the following Invitation from Pat Walsh , Your attendence is Encouraged and will certainly be of Benefit...Please Read on ....more
Jakes Fishing Trip Bermagui

Jake White Bermagui Fishing Holiday Nov 2013

Pre Season Skill Training Programme

Benny & Sam Pilot Programme for Pre Season Skill Testing


Referee Insight - Former Group Nine Referee Luke O’Brien

Luke joined our Group Nine Referees Association from Group 16 at the end of the 2004 Season.
Officiated in Group Nine during Seasons 2005-2008 before relocating for Work Opportunities for himself and wife Jenna,
Joined the Central Coast Referees Association under Referees Director and NRL Referee Shayne Hayne from season 2009.more
Masters Tournament Young 2013

Young Masters 2013 - Mick MJK Kirkman In action

MJK in a Adelong Bears Jumper, Legend Tom Spain Refereed his one of game, Dave Cullum refereed all weekend, Tony Young was Referees Co-Ordinator for the weekend, Great Work !!!more

Off Season Update November 2013


2014 Group Nine Referees Association Executives & Committee

Group Nine Referees Executives for 2014.more

AGM Summary from 31st October 2013 – G9 Referees

Group Nine Referees 2013 AGM was held at the Wagga RSL Club with the following Summary to follow.more

9th & 10th November ARMY RL 9's at Kapooka Army Base 2013

Our Group Nine Referees have been invited to officiated in the ARMY 9's carnival on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 9th & 10th November 2013. Your Attendence will be appreciated.more

3rd November Invites out for Referees coaching Clinic Temora 2013

Pat Walsh NRL Referees development Officer Southern State NSW has issued invitations to referees to partipate at a Referees Coaching Clinic at Bob Aldridge Park, Crowley Street Temora on Sunday 3rd November 2013....Please read further....more

31st October Group Nine Referees AGM 2013

Thursday 31st October 2013 at 7.30pm at the Wagga RSL Club in Meeting Room 1. Any Notices of Motion, Consitution amendments, correspondence, proxy, voting forms etc MUST be lodged to the Secretary by Wednesday 24th October 2013.more

19th & 20th Oct G9 Refs Participate at Young Masters RL Carnival

Congratulations to Dave Cullum who refereed over the past weekend at the Young Masters and from all reports did very well !! Former renowned Referee Tom Spain made a One game Comeback, Former referee Wayne Prosser, Tony Young was Referee Co-Ordinator and our own Mick Kirkman played ....(Read further) ....more

Rugby League World Cup Referees Link to G9 Refs

The Rugby League World Cup 2013 Officials have been appointed with
14 from England, 4 Australia, 2 New Zealand, 2 France.
Australia will be represented by Ben Cummins, Shayne Hayne, Ashley Klein , Grant Atkins...and the link to our own Group Nine Referees on ....more

2013 Referees Presentation Night

Another year and fantastic night at the Australian Homestead Motor Lodge Gumly Gumly were Life Members, Invited Guests, Referees, and friends attended. Thank you to Sam Went & Ben Whitby for there terrific efforts as organisers and hosts to ensured the night was a success.
Congratulations to Jake White for achieving our highest award
2013 Group Nine Referee Association - Referee of the Year.more

Game 400 Bernie Nix 2013 G9 1st Grade Grand Final

CONGRATULATIONS NIXY – GAME 400 – First Grade Grand final Albury Thunder vs. Gundagai @ McDonalds Park Equex 29th Sept 2013.
Well Done Nixy on an outstanding Achievement and to Celebrate this milestone during your 12th First Grade Grand final is Deserving of a Fantastic Milestone.more

Successful CRLRA Seminar 2013

Group Nine Referees attended another successful Country Referees Development Camp & Seminar on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd February 2013 at Wollongong.
Saturday included a Fitness Session by Cam Black - NRL Strength & Conditioning Co-Ordinator, Address by CRLRA President William Drury, Key Note Speaker Daniel Anderson - NRL High Performance Manager, Laws Review - Referee D/O's, On-Field Coaching by NRL Referees Gavin Badger, Ben Cummins, Grant Atkins, Dave Munro,
Sunday continued with Laws Quiz with NRL Development Officers, Social Media Talk with Melissa Sevil AFP, CRL Report - Terry Quinn & Bert Lowrie, Guest Speaker - Trent Barrett, Presentation of Tony Young Shield. Well Done to all those attending from all reports it was another invaluable experience and Great Success.more

Season 2013 Kick off Group Nine Referees

Season 2013 will kick off on Saturday 9th February, when Group Nine Referees will officate at Greenfield Park Albury.
The Match played will be a Toyota Cup U/20's Fixure between
Canberra vs Melbourne.
The Touring Referees Party to visit the Border City for the first Trial Match of the season will included:
G9 Referees Director & LM : Alan Jacobson, Senior Referees 1 on 1 Mentor & LM : Tony Fletcher,
Referees : Scott Muir & Jake White
Touch Judges/Referees: Mark Daly & Sam Went.more

Referee Survey Required Please

To assist in the Progression of our Group Nine Referees History Booklet
please take time to complete the following survey and Return to
Scott Muir (unofficial historian)? at

Former Referees Contact Required

If you are a Current or former referee please contact Scott Muir to assist in
our Group Referees History booklet, Scott requires your Refereeing Resume,
photos, and stories during your time as a Group Nine Referee.
Please Contact Scott on or 0420 774 115 (text or ring after hours)
## If you Also know how to contact Peter Hay, Lindsay Regent
and Wayne Marshall or any former referees please advise Scott. Your Assistance is appreciated.more


Congratulations Bernie Nix for Life Membership 2012

Bernie Nix was nominated and endorsed by the Group Nine Referees Association
at our AGM as our Newest Life Member.
Nominated Scott Muir, 2nd Nomination Alan Jacobson
Bernie having previously received his referees ticket and introduced to Refereeing in the late 1980's with the Balmain Referees Association. Then Joined the Group Nine Referees Association at the start of season 1996.

During this time Bernie's refereeing resume is of the highest standard and not just within Group Nine but within Country NSW and any Refereeing association around Australia.
To date as of Grand final Day 2012, Bernie has refereed a total of 376 Group Nine Matches, of these matches (299) First Grade Appointments, (50) Reserve Grade, (15) under 18's and (12) Under 16's Refereeing centre appointments. Season 1998 was Bernie's Introduction into the Grand final refereeing appointment arena, along side fellow touch judge Scott Muir and headed by Centre Reserve Grade Referee Cole Levy. Season 1999 Bernie Achieved his first centre Grand final appointment upon controlling the U/16's of that year. Season 2000 Bernie debut as First Grade Grand final Touch judge along side Brian Alston with Tony Fletcher controlling the First Grade Grand final match between Wagga Kangaroos vs Tumbarumba. The Following Season (2001) Nixy as commonly known progressed to his debut First Grade Grand final centre refereeing appointment.And the rest as they say has now become history'. Currently Bernie is seated 3rd of our current all time official association match appointments with Jack Castle 403 and Tony Fletcher 688 heading the list. Of Bernie's 299 First Grade matches, currently he is in the company of just 7 Referees to have reached the milestone of 200 plus First Grade refereeing appointments and
just 1 match short of achieving 300 First Grade Matches, with Tom Spain 300 and Tony Fletcher 393 First Grade appointments ahead of him. Topping Bernie's further personal achievements within our Group Nine Referees association include but not limited too:
Bernie is credited as the 2nd most Capped First Grade Grand final Referee in our Group Nine 41 Year Association History with 11 First Grade Grand final appointments ,
just Tom Spain heads the list with 13 and Tony Fletcher 6 First Grade grand final appointments. Bernie holds our association First Grade Grand final record of having referee 11 consecutive first grade Grand finals, with Tom Spain 2nd with his 10 consecutive First Grade appointments. Further refereeing achievements continues with Bernie currently 2nd in our Group Nine history, having being appointed to 12 Group Nine Grand finals with Tom Spain 14 heading the list and Scott Muir 3rd on the list with 11 Group Nine Grand final centre appearances. Bernie's contribution both on and off the field has been of an outstanding level. And his list of achievements continues with Group Nine Referees Association Referee of the year award in Season 2003. Group Nine Board's Referee of the Year in season 2004, 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010 Bernie has also been our Leader as President of our Group Nine Referees Association both on and off the field upon his this official role during seasons 2009/2010/2011/2012. Bernie has been the yardstick of what was required to achieve at the highest level of on-field performance within Group Nine for over a decade, and certainly the catalyst for peer referees to increase their own personal refereeing standard and increased standards of refereeing throughout our association amongst many members.more


Presentation Night Group Nine Referees - Success

Over 75 Guests attended our Group Nine Referees Presentation Dinner
at the Rivergum Restaurant at Gumly on Friday Night 5th October 2012.
An Entertaining & Successful night was enjoyed by all.
Presentation Awards:
Referee of the Year - Scott Muir
Presidents Award - Tony Fletcher
Most Improved Referee - Sean Byatt
Tony Young Award - Sean Byatt

Junior awards
Most Improved Mini League - Lee Ashworth,
Mod League Most Consistent - Toby Popple,
Most Consistent International - Kale Popple
Most Improved - Dave Cullum
Encouragement Award - Nathan Starrmore

Group Nine Grand Final Referee Appointments 2012

1st Grade - Referee Scott Muir T/Judges - Mick Kirkman & Jake White ,
In Goal Ben Whitby & Brett Cowan

Res Grade Referee Bernie Nix T/Judges - Greg Smith & Chris Mannion,
In Goal Kale Popple & Terrence Jacobs

League Tag Referee Matt Seldon T/Judges Sean Byatt & Toby Popple

18's - Referee Mark Daly T/Judges - James Well & Ben Cramp,
In Goal Doug Hellowell & Mick Hellowell

16's - Referee Sam Went T/Judges - Wayne Burgun & Zane Popple,
In Goal Craig Webster & Mark Hooper

Stand by Referee Chris Mannion (16's)more

Group Nine JRL Southern Zone Grand final Referees 2012

Under 10's - Kangaroo Blue vs Brothers - Referee Terrance Jacobs , Tjs - Lee Ashworth/Lachlan Jones

Under 11's -Turvey Park vs Magpies Black - Referee Kristy Clegg , Tjs - Daniel Harply/Nathan Starr

Under 12's - Turvey Park vs Kangaroos White - Referee Sean Byatt , Tjs - Kristy Clegg/Dave Cullum

Under 13's - Kangaroos vs Magpies - Referee Toby Popple Tjs - Dave Cullum/Sean Bremer

Under 14's - Turvey Park vs Brothers - Referee Kale Popple Tjs - Sean Byatt/Toby Popple

Under 15's - Turvey Park vs Brothers - Referee Mick Kirkman , Tjs - Damon Kaylock/Toby Popplemore

Round 17 Milestones

Congratulations to the following Referees for their Refereeing milestones
150th - Group Nine Match Mark Daley (1st Tumut vs Tumbarumba @ Tumut)
50th - Senior Match Chris Mannion (Res Junee vs Gundagai @ Junee)
30th - League Tag Match and currently Most Matches as League Tag Referee
Zane Popple (South City vs Coota @ Harris P)more

NSW Country Bulls Vs Victoria Referee Appointments

Referees Development officer Southern Region Mr. Pat Walsh, has received
confirmation from the CRLRA appointments Board and is happy to announce the
following appointments.
Congratulations to the following referees for their First Grade appointments
for the NSW Country Bulls vs. Victoria match on Saturday 21st July.
Referee : Scott Muir
Touch Judges: Jake White and Mark Hoopermore

General Meeting Thursday 26th July 2012.

Our Next Association General Meeting will be held on Thursday 26th July 2012.
This meeting will be held at the Wagga RSL club at 7.30pm (start)
and will be held in Meeting Room Number 1.more

Trivia Night 22nd June 2012 - Wagga Jnr Referees

This Coming Friday 22nd June 2012, The Wagga Junior Referees
are holding a Trivia Night at the Rules Club Wagga.
Starting 7pm with Tables of 8 at $10 per person.
Some Excellent Prizes have been organised so Please contact
Terrence Jacobs on 0402 705 973 , BOOK NOW !!!!more

CRLRA Appointment this weekend for Scott Muir

Scott will Referee in the 1st Grade CRL Championships on Saturday 19th May 2012 at Bathurst .This match follows Jake White's appointment in last months U/18's Championship. Scott's match will be played between Group Rivals Group 10 vs Group 11.Scott's Appointment in the CRL Championships will the first for our Group Nine Referees after about a 10 year absence with the last First Grade Referee being Warrick Bowden in the early 2000's. All the Best Scott.


Kevin Riolo, Message of Congratulations to Warrick

Mr Kevin Riolo CRLRA Secretary passes on his Congratulations to Warrick (see below)more

Warrick Bowden NSWRL SG Ball Grandfinal Appointment

Former Group Nine First Grade Referee Warrick Bowden has been appointed to the Number (1) Game in the NSWLRA Junior Reps.more

First Grade Debut - Sam Went

Congratulations to Group 9 referee Sam Went (pictured - centre) on his appointment to debut in the top grade in Round 3 of 2012, this coming weekend on Sunday May 6th.

Sam makes his debut in the match featuring Gundagai & Tumbarumba at Adelong. It is a nice reward for Sam who has refereed the last three Under 16's Grand Finals and is a member of the Southern NSW CRLRA Development Squad.more

Muir to Join 300 Club

Scott Muir, (pictured) Group 9 Referees Association 'Historian', and Active Member, is set to reach a huge milestone in 2012.

Muir will join an elite club in the ranks of Group 9 Rugby League should everything going according to plan. Round 1 will be Muir's 199th First Grade fixture. Meaning in Round 2 (presuming he is appointed to 1st Grade again) it will be his 200th First Grade fixture....

But there is more, Muir will become only the 10th member of very special group of people, as it also doubles as his 300th Group 9 match. Congratulations Scott, hopefully there is another 300 to come..

To see a list of all the members that are a part of the '300 Club' please view more.


Refereeing Milestones & New Members for 2012

Group 9 Referees Association members will be celebrating many milestones in the first few weeks of the Group 9 Rugby League Season, including some Group 9 'Debutants'.

To see who is achieveing what, please click more.


Former Members Climbing the Ranks

Congratulation to former Group 9 Referees members Luke O'Brien (pictured) & Warwick Bowden.

To see their achievements please click more.


TLiL Reminder

With the start of the Group 9 Rugby League season this coming weekend, we would like to remind all players, clubs, officials and supporters that the Country Rugby League have endorsed the Tough Love in League policy for implementation across the CRL.

The TLiL program was launched to curb unsportsmanlike behaviour from all parties involved in junior rugby league and applies to all underage matches (i.e. U/18's and below). For further details on the TLiL program please view the article further below on this page.


Time for Kick Off!

With the pre-season now officially over, Round 1 in Group 9 Rugby League kick's off for 2012 this coming weekend 21st & 22nd April 2012. Group 9 Referees Association would like to welcome all of it's new members for the year, and wish the best of luck to all clubs this season. For up to date news on the referees association, please keep coming back here. You will find articles, appointments, and many other interesting reads throughout the season. To view the 2012 G9RL draw please visit the G9RL website:


Referee Course Wrap-up

A big thanks to everyone who helped out on the day with the referees course in Wagga on 25th March. Pat Walsh and Tony Fletcher for running it and Terrance Jacobs, Kale Popple and Zane Popple for providing lunch and drinks throughout the day. Please click more for a brief report.

If you're interested in refereeing and weren't able to attend the course please email Ben Whitby - or call him on 0487 786 184.


Upcoming Trials

Trial Match Appointments for weekend of 31/03 and 01/04 as well as Thursday 05/04 (Kelly cup @ Temora)



Tough Love in League

The Tough Love in League policy which was introduced in a trial in NSWRL junior competitions in season 2011 has been fully endorsed by the Country Rugby League and will apply to all matches in the CRL (including Group 9) from Under 13's through to (and including) Under 18's. Please click more to view the PDF file.


"Refereeing is Not a Job for the Meek"

Jack Underwood is a past Illawarra international referee who went on to become a journalist with the Illawarra Mercury.

The following extract is from an article that Jack wrote about refereeing on Saturday July 22 1961.

Please click more to view the article.


Ear to the Ground 2012

The first edition of Ear to the Ground has been released and is jam packed with some good stats, news, and funny stories to start the season. Please view by looking under the News & Events menu at the top of this page.



For those current, former or family and friends of referees who may have information, stories, photos, programmes of 

anything relating to Rugby League Referees in the Riverina, Scott Muir would like to hear from you. Currently Scott has been chipping away on a referees history booklet over the last 6 years and although he still has an array of information he would like to had some finer details to his research. Currently he has weaved his way through around 50 plus years of history and has a bit to go, so if you can help please contact, or send through details to Scott Muir on email: , Thank you for any assistance. 


NRL Footy Tipping Comp 2012

Any members, family and their friends who are wanting to participate in the Group 9 Referees 2012 Footy Tipping competition please take note that the competition will be run this year via the website rather than by Scott processing the tips individually on a weekly basis.

To get details of the new format and to register please email Scott Muir at and Scott will send you the invitation link to join.


Pre-Season Training Commences

Pre-Season training for the Group 9 Referees Association commenced Tuesday 7th February around Willians Hill. The turn-out was average with around 8 members present.

Group 9 Referees encourages anyone who is interested in becoming a referee (young or old) to join us each Tuesday, meeting at the BBQ Area at the Botanical Gardens, 6.00pm.


New Sponsors for 2012 & Beyond

Group 9 Referees Association are proud to announce two new sponsorship deals for the 2012 season and beyond, with Hume Building Society coming on board as a major sponsor and Metroll - Wagga Wagga as a sleeve sponsor. We look forward to our partnerships with both of these organisations and thank them for their support. Steel Supplies Wagga are still proud sponsors and have now became major sponsors also.


AGM Notice

Group 9 Referees will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 27th of October 2011 at the Wagga Wagga RSL Club, starting at 7.30.

All active and non-active members are invited to attend, as well as anyone interested in discussing anything during the General Meeting to held immediately afterwards.


Referee of the Year - Jake White

The Group 9 Referees Association annual presentation night was held on Saturday, 8th October 2011 at the Australian Homestead Motor Lodge, Gumly Gumly - where Jake White was awarded referee of the year for 2011. Congratulations to him and this is the second year in a row Jake has won this award. Many thanks for the hospitality shown by the people at the Australian Homestead it was once again a great night for all. A big thanks also to association members Scott Muir and Sam Went for organising and hosting the night. For list of all the award winners on the night please click more.


New Wesbite

Welcome to Group 9 Referees Assocation new website. It is currently under construction and you begin to find recent new, events, newsletters, appointments and all matters relating to refereeing being updated on this website. Please be aware that some pages may have no content at this stage.

If you require any details please send your request to the webmaster by clicking this line.

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