Hayne Enjoying First State Cup

While Shayne Hayne is a prominent referee in the National Rugby League scene, in the Touch Football community he is renowned for his administration and volunteer work with his affiliate, the Berkeley Vale Panthers.

This year he has made his debut as a referee at the 2012 New South Wales State Cup alongside his son, Keegan. nswtouch.com.au caught up with Shayne on day two of the event, to find out about how he is finding his first State Cup, his passion for Touch Football and his NRL refereeing career.

You were awarded the Hornets regional administrator of the year earlier this year, how did it feel to receive that award?

When you take on those kind of roles you don’t try to win those types of awards you just go about your business and do whatever you can for your association and club and that and when they come along it makes you feel like everything you are doing is worthwhile, not that it’s not, it just makes all of the hard work you put into it satisfies what you’ve been doing so it’s good to get an achievement like that.

Obviously you’ve been doing a lot of work with Touch Football in the Hornets region and with your affiliate, what is it that keeps you motivated to participate at the volunteer level of the sport?

I think because I played a lot of Touch Football back in Muswellbrook where I came from, I just want to give something back to the kids and get them playing the sport which I guess I didn’t get the opportunity to do until I was about 16 or 17, so to be able to give that back to the kids and keep the club going is good for myself and because when you have kids you want to get them involved as well and if you can do that and help kids get out there and playing sport it’s all worthwhile.

Speaking of children, you were just refereeing with your son, how does it feel to be able to referee with him on the park at an event like the New South Wales State Cup?

It’s really good, as kids get older sometimes you don’t get the opportunity to play sport with your own kids and obviously Touch Football is one of those sports where you can get the opportunity. We’re not playing but to be able to referee, it’s something really special you’re going to remember forever and that’s not going to happen down the track that often so you take the opportunities when you can so it’s a very proud moment to referee with your son.

You’re a dual sport representative, obviously the NRL is your flagship in terms of full-time commitments, how do you find comparing the two sports in terms of your role as a referee?

I think Touch Football is obviously a lot faster over a 30 minute period. I took some data yesterday when I was refereeing to see how far I was actually running compared to what we do in a full game and what the heart rates were and I suppose in a game of Touch we’re averaging around three kilometres a game and your heart rate is up about 150 beats per minute so if you equate that to the level of an NRL game, you’re looking at pretty much the equivalent but your heart rate is very high the whole lot of the game. So it’s certainly a lot faster but it’s certainly good fitness for myself at this time of the year too.

How do you manage to juggle your time with your NRL commitments during the season as well as Touch Football, with refereeing and administrating?

I guess for me, we don’t have a winter competition as such, when I’m there with the NRL it’s just all football but once you get into the summer months, I’ve got about six to eight weeks off at the start of the Touch season so it allows me the opportunity to get that up and running and obviously when it’s up and running it sort of runs itself. If I’ve got the time to do it because there’s no games so I’ve got all weekend to look after it as well so I don’t mind doing that stuff. It keeps me occupied, otherwise I’d be sitting around at home doing nothing and being a bit bored so I enjoy doing that while I can.

And your goals about refereeing in Touch, are you happy just participating at this level or do you have aspirations of refereeing at a higher level if you can balance the commitments?

I suppose this is the first time that I’ve refereed Touch at this level, I’ve always played. There’s no goals at this point in time it’s just a matter of coming for this year with my son and refereeing. Next year might be a different scenario now that I’ve got a taste of it I might come back again next year and try to get a level upgrade and go through the processes but at the moment I’m just enjoying being here for the first year and seeing what it’s like to referee and I’m certainly enjoying it and having a good time.

As it is your first time refereeing at this event, how have you found the tournament and the number of games and things like that?

I guess yesterday when I only refereed three games I felt not too bad at the end of the day and today I’ll referee five or six and I’d say when I sit down this afternoon after the fifth or sixth game I’ll think ‘gee this is a massive tournament’ and referees do have to do a lot of running around and a lot of game time on their legs as well so it is a massive tournament. In saying that, it’s an enjoyable one and I’m sure I’ll come back again next year and referee and help out as well.


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