Refs & Coaches Corner

West Coast Rugby Referees
Rob Maitland

PO Box 31 Greymouth 7840
Phone 03 755 6860 hme / cell 021 143 708
email: rbmait@xtra.co.nz

[ West Coast Rugby Referees (Sporty) Click Here ]

Our next meeting will be Wednesday the 1st of May @ the Marist Clubrooms in Greymouth starting at 6.30pm.

Joe will be running a session on signalling so please bring your whistles.

Anyone interested in becoming a Referee is more than welcome to attend.


Do you know anyone who would be keen to “Have a Go” at refereeing through our 2019 Rugby season.

They may be Family – Relation – Neighbour, Friend, Work Colleague, Some-one who is just looking to alleviate boredom, Female, Male.

This is a great way to keep fit and keep in touch with the game and those playing the game. Assistance in development  will be given to establish confidence and the skills required for ongoing success.

If you are or know someone who would be keen to “Have a Go” please  contact or have them contact Rob on 03-755-6860 or at rbmait@xtra.co.nz:


FORMS & NOTICES

Referee Report Forms (password will be required for Online Forms T.B.A)

1. Form A – Report of Referee (Ordering Off)  –  (Online Form – updated) Click Here 

2. Form B – Report of Assistant Referee (Ordering Off)  –  (Online Form – updated) Click Here  

3. Form C – Report of Referee (Temporary Suspension)  –  (Online Form) Click Here 

4. Form D – Report of Assistant Referee (Temporary Suspension) –  (Online Form) Click Here 

5. Form E – Report of Referee (Matches Called Off) (PDF Download Click Here)

6. Referee Abuse Form  Click Here for PDF Download

7. 2019 Serious Injury Report Forms  Click Here for PDF Download

8. NZRU 2018 Black Book   Click Here for PDF Download


Referee Profile #6

  • Name:
    Jason Prendergast
  • When did you first decide to become a ref:
    In 2016 I was grabbing the flag to help at club games and realised there was a shortage so got involved fully.
  • Earliest rugby memory:
    Playing for the Grey Valley Under 9’s
  • Best moment in rugby:
    Too many to mention
  • Funniest moment in rugby:
    Scored a length of the field try in my first season, just it was the wrong direction
  • Most rewarding thing about refereeing:
    Being able to give back to the game that has given me so much joy.  Not just for the sport itself, but the lifelong friends you meet along the way
  • Most respected referee:
    Vinnie Munro.  He threatened to give me a Red Card for talking on the field during a West Coast final.  That shut me up really quickly and all the players from both teams.  He dominated that game with his authority and it flowed so well
  • Ambitions in Rugby:
    Keep giving back anything that I can, so that there is still opportunities for my son and many others to carry on playing this great game in the future
  • Favourite Rugby field officiated on:
    John Sturgeon Park – Greymouth
  • Most respected and inspirational person:
    My family, as they have always been part of volunteer groups that give back to the community
  • If you could be a super hero – who and why:
    Batman.  He has heaps of cool stuff
  • If your job gave you a surprise three day paid break, what would you do with those three days:
    Catch up on some chores and family time at home, and play some sport with my son
  • If you were moving to another country, but could only pack one carry-on sized bag, what would you pack:
    Passport, Adidas Apparel, External hard Drive plus Phone & Charger
  • Best advice your parents ever gave you:
    Show respect for others.  Especially your elders
  • Worst advice your mates have given you:
    Lots of drunken advice that seemed plausible at the time.  Hindsight is a great thing
  • If you could meet with one person of your choice, who would you chose:
    Have been lucky to meet lots of great NZ’ers, especially through sport etc. but would love to have a beer and yak with Brendon McCullum.  Not just a talented sportsman, but a great philosophy on how to be the best.
  • If I were to hire you for this job and I granted you three promises with regard to working here, what would they be:
    Friendly Team Environment
    Job Satisfaction
    Suitable remuneration package to ensure my family’s needs are catered for
  • The last book that you read:
    Can’t remember the name but it was a good read
  • Most favourite song:
    Anything really, but still can’t beat ACDC.
  • What would your most favourite pastime be in retirement:
    Golf

Referee Profile #5

  • Name: Willie McBride
  • When did you first decide to become a ref: Beginning off 2018 season 
  • Earliest rugby memory: U6 Rippa Rugby South Westland
  • Best moment in rugby: Playing U12 Rugby 
  • Funniest moment in rugby: Training Night for U12 South Westland, Coach went to get the lollies for after training but turns out one of the players had gone and eaten them all.
  • Most rewarding thing about refereeing: getting to meet new players and referees
  • Most respected referee: Rob Maitland as he does a lot of work behind the scenes of West Coast Rugby
  • Favourite Rugby field officiated on: NZ Institute of Sport V South Africa U19 Team
  • Most respected and inspirational person: Brendon Pickerill 
  • If you could be a super hero – who and why: Superman so I can fly 
  • If your job gave you a surprise three day paid break, what would you do with those three days: Go Spend some time outside or maybe go camping
  • If you were moving to another country, but could only pack one carry-on sized bag, what would you pack: Maybe some clean clothes?
  • Best advice your parents ever gave you:
  • Worst advice your mates have given you: –
  • If you could meet with one person of your choice, who would you chose: Nigel Owens
  • If I were to hire you for this job and I granted you three promises with regard to working here, what would they be: I Get to be the boss, get a work Ute, my own office.
  • The last book that you read: Book about Sir Tim Wallis 
  • Most favourite song: Life is a highway
  • What would your most favourite pastime be in retirement:-

Referee Profile #4

  • Name: Scott Bermingham
  • When did you first decide to become a ref: When I was at University – 2005
  • Earliest rugby memory: Playing for Westport’s U8 – around 1988!
  • Best moment in rugby: Representing the NZ fire service vs the NZ police at Lancaster Park around 10 years ago.
  • Funniest moment in rugby: Trying to play and communicate to non-English speaking players when playing in the Middle East
  • Most rewarding thing about refereeing: People appreciating the role you play in a game
  • Most respected referee: Liam Scanlon
  • Ambitions in Rugby: continue to find enjoyment. Potentially pursue coaching
  • Favourite Rugby field officiated on: Rugby Park – both Greymouth and Christchurch
  • Most respected and inspirational person: Nelson Mandala
  • If you could be a super hero – who and why: Superman – ability to fly
  • If your job gave you a surprise three day paid break, what would you do with those three days: Something to do with water – fishing, surfing, jet skiing.
  • If you were moving to another country, but could only pack one carry-on sized bag, what would you pack: A variety of adaptors! Family stuff
  • Best advice your parents ever gave you: We will always support you
  • Worst advice your mates have given you: It’ll only hurt for a little bit
  • If you could meet with one person of your choice, who would you chose: Barack Obama
  • If I were to hire you for this job and I granted you three promises with regard to working here, what would they be: ?
  • The last book that you read: Dom Harvey – running; A Love Story
  • Most favourite song: There will be time – Mumford and Sons
  • What would your most favourite pastime be in retirement: playing sport

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