Respect Round / Support for Kurt Portsmouth
The NSWRL Respect Round is an outstanding & important initiative of the NSWRL & the Balmain Junior Rugby League and is fully supported by the Balmain Referees Association.
As part of the Respect Round, Balmain Referees also wore Yellow Armbands to show our support & solidarity for Kurt Portsmouth, the young Cronulla Referee who was assaulted on-field last Saturday (see attached photos).
The Yellow Armbands (yellow was chosen as Kurt was wearing a yellow referees jersey on Saturday) wear worn to show our Association's solidarity with Kurt and our colleagues in Cronulla and to highlight our absolute commitment to seeing poor behaviour and abuse of Match Officials eradicated from Rugby League. There is no place for this kind of behaviour and we want to see it and perpetrators removed from the game forever.
That is exactly the message of the Respect Round. Hopefully the goodwill and positive messages from Respect Round will continue into the future