William Roache Referee Profile

By Matt Hughes (NRL Victoria Media)

With Referee Respect Round taking place this weekend it’s time we take a look at another one of our up and coming referees. William Roache is a 14-year-old local whistle-blower who is progressing nicely through the ranks.

William took up refereeing last year because there was no footy team in his age group. He immediately fell in love with it and hasn’t looked back since.

“I loved it,” he said. “It was a great way to stay involved in the game.”

According to his dad Bernard, William is quite a “structured” kid which is why he enjoys refereeing.

Crowd negativity has not been an issue for the young man, in fact it has been quite the opposite. Last year in an under 12s game he was officiating, the parents of the away team were so impressed by his performance that they kept complimenting him after the game.

For the moment William has been refereeing the under 12s and younger, because rules stipulate that you have to officiate at least two years below your age group. His short-term goal is to referee at an under 12s national carnival, while his long-term aims are to referee NRL games and international test matches.

“I want do develop my reffing and see where it takes me,” he added.

This weekend William will be down at Casey refereeing various junior games. If he keeps up the promising work, he will no doubt go on to referee at higher levels.

We ask all players and spectators to respect our referees, as without people like William we wouldn’t be able to play the game we love.


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