West Coast Rugby Referees Association
Steve Menzies
130 Golf Links Rd
Hokitika
Phone 03 756 9831 wk / 03 755 6969 hme / cell 021 509 821
email: stevem@westland.co.nz

Referee Profile #3

Name:Anthony Jones ( Jonesy) (AJ)

When did you first decide to become a ref? After I finished playing rugby for West Coast I started coaching Junior rugby. But every Saturday when my team were playing we had no ref to take the game so I put my hand up and vlounteered – the rest is history ..

Goals for the season: Just to enjoy myself and coach my Wests Under 8 team

Funniest moment in rugby: On Tour with the Rugby News Team in 1991 we were in Heildeburg Germany and me and four other guys forgot where we were staying! We ended up in another town which was over 2 hours away from where we were staying. The taxi driver didn’t understand English and thought we were a bunch of idiots! An American couple put us up for the night and helped us to find our way home the next day (no cell phones in those days!!)

Biggest dissapointment in rugby: Realising that although I was still committed, the body couldn’t handle the punishment of playing rugby

Earliest rugby memory: Playing rugby with the Minhinnick’s, Foster’s and Manera’s at the Ross Primary School.

Most rewarding thing about refereeing: Still being able to be involved in the game that I love and putting something back into it. Even though other people don’t appreciate the time you give up to do it.

Biggest challenge with refereeing: The abuse and also the players understanding the rules of the game.

Most respected referee: Dave Foster (good Ross man) By the way he played rugby and then put back into the game through refereeing. He refereed the way the players wanted the game to be played.

Favourite Rugby field officiated on: The new Ross Domain – it has the best facilites on the West Coast for a club (Ross Rugby Club)

Ambitions in Rugby: To continue gettiing enjoyment from the game through watching and coaching my son Mitchell and his mates and passing on the knowledge that I have gained from other great coaches

Best advice your parents ever gave you: Always respect your peers and always use your manners!

If you could have dinner with any three famous people, who’d you chose: John Sturgeon because he’s a legend and I respect him immensely, Colin Pinetree Meads for his famous stories he has as a player (he was my coach for the Rugby News Tour) and Evan Jones – although not famous he is a bloody good bugger who has a passion for West Coast rugby which I have inherited. I’d have to have a fourth person and that would have to by Adam the man Gilshnan for all the time he devotes to rugby – the knowledge guru!

Favourite T.V show: Goodnight Sweetheart and MASH

Last book read: The Cold Harbour – by Jack Higgens

What music are you into: Coldplay, and all the other shit I have to listen to that my daughters load onto my MP3!!

Apple or Android: Neither – too flash for me!

If you could be a superhero for a day who will it be: I wouldn’t be a superhero – I’d be a jedi warrior because my son would think that was way cool!!

Referee Profile #2

Name: John Whitcombe

When did you first decide to become a ref?
When I was about 10 I used to flick through the law books Dad got from coaching. Luke Thomas was talking about how he was refereeing at school one day and I thought it would be worth trying out.

Goals for the season: To be refereeing and playing better at the end of the season than I was at the start.

Funniest moment in rugby: Dave Mama was running the touch for a game and his son Reuben kicked for touch from a penalty. Dave saw it coming and just stood there and took the ball to the face!

Biggest dissapointment in rugby: Being too heavy for the Seddon Shield Under 52kg team and getting injured in recent seasons.

Earliest rugby memory: Playing under 7s against Kokatahi in Kokatahi and getting a good feed afterwards.

Most rewarding thing about refereeing: Finishing a game and being told by the players you did a good job.

Biggest challenge with refereeing: Trying to make the right call every time and staying focused after you make a mistake (especially when everyone else at the ground knows it was mistake).

Most respected referee: Jonathon White/ Jamie McGeady

Favourite Rugby field officiated on: I always seem to be stuck with Arthur Fong which is great when there is no wind.

Ambitions in Rugby: To either play or referee (or both) at a national level.

Best advice your parents ever gave you: Some people just aren’t worth arguing with.

If you could have dinner with any three famous people, who’d you chose: Sir Peter Blake, Alexander the Great and Miss Universe 2012

Favourite T.V show: Person of Interest

Last book read: The Affair by Lee Child

What music are you into: Anything from Classical to Pop.

Apple or Android: Apple

If you could be a superhero for a day who will it be: Iron Man

Referee Profile #1

Name: Luke Thomas

When did you first decide to become a ref?
Got sarcasticly asked by Steve Menzies that I wont get injured so much refereeing so I took his advice in 2009

Goals for the season: To get in the South Island Referee squad.

Funniest moment in rugby: Having people argue the laws with you when they would have been right about 20 years ago.

Biggest dissapointment in rugby: Referee abuse

Earliest rugby memory: Scoring my first try against Blaketown in my first rugby game

Most rewarding thing about refereeing: The kind coments, and encouradgement you get.

Biggest challenge with refereeing: Referee abuse when I’m trying to my best for the game.

Most respected referee: Vinnie Munro, I had the privilege to AR for him a couple years ago.

Favourite Rugby field officiated on: Marist grounds.

Ambitions in Rugby: Would love to get into the natonal squad for refereeing

Best advice your parents ever gave you: Do as your told.

If you could have dinner with any three famous people, who’d you chose:
Ritchie McCaw, Angus Young, Steve Walsh

Favourite T.V show: Gold Rush.

Last book read:. Death in a Dessert

What music are you into: Anything.

Apple or Android: Android

If you could be a superhero for a day who will it be: Spiderman