Morris Step Closer to NRL Dream

And finally after 15 years of hard work in the Townsville and Districts Rugby League competition 28-year-old Morris has been appointed to referee premier league matches in NSW.

Morris began his career at the tender age of 13, refereeing under-7 matches.

And since then he has risen through the ranks all the way to the Queensland Cup, which provides feeder clubs to the NRL.

"You go through the grades in Queensland to get yourself in the Queensland Cup, you consolidate yourself as one of the top referees and then you get identified as someone who could make the next step," he said.

Morris made his premier league debut last week when he refereed the Newtown v Canberra clash and he is set to adjudicate his second match between Manly and Wests tonight.

"I've been doing it for about fifteen years, I went through the ranks from the under-7's upwards to Townsville rugby league and kept making steps forward," Morris said.

"Hopefully I will make the NRL ... I'm a few years younger than anyone else in the full-time squad but I make every post a winner."

If Morris can impress in the premier league he could be in line to join the ranks of NRL regulars Sean Hampstead and Steve Clark.

After going through his exams at a young age, Morris has risen up to becoming a grade three referee.

The next steps are grade four, which is NRL and State of Origin and grade five for international matches.

The Townsville Referees Association is looking for more enthusiastic referees.

To inquire phone John Newman on 0410 343 133.



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