Downs Referees have been facilitating rugby on the downs since 1887. Referees are coordinated and appointed by the DDRRA - an independent body with three key responsibilities:
- To promote a fair, safe rugby contest;
- To source and raise the standard of match officials; and
- To be an active member in the Downs rugby community.
The Association has wonderful history and has produced both international and state level referees, as well as a strong foundation of members of all ages. In 2017 we are proud that one of our best junior referees, James Bailey a Toowoomba Grammar student from Bollon, won an ARU School Referee Scholarship.
In 2017 the DDRRA will appoint referees to more than 1000 games including Teenage, Senior Risdon Cup, 7’s, 10’s, representative fixtures, international touring games and GPS games. We proudly value our diversity and inclusion. In 2016 we had 12 junior school age referees, 3 female referees and large battalion of “experienced campaigners”. We also supported a disabled referee.
New Leadership Team
At the DDRRA AGM last November President Mike Beeston retired and a new committee formed led by Scott Lindblom. The new committee is Scott Lindblom (President), Richard Bright (VP, Senior Referee Appointments), Geoff Kelk (Teenage Referee Appointments), Erich van Zyl (Treasurer), Brock Johnston (Equipment), Jason Doig (Secretary) and Nick Leggat (Judiciary).
Long Term Partnerships
Every club needs sponsors. Referees are no different. The new DDRRA leadership team had an immediate financial challenge to source a new set of sponsors. We are proud to announce six new sponsors for the 2017-19 seasons: our Platinum Sponsors are Wagner’s Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and Glencore Agriculture; Gold Sponsor Landmark; Silver Sponsors Wiedman Electrical, Condon Treasure Advisory Group & SPA Legal. To coincide the new partner announcement the referees are now transitioning to a new kit that reinforces our bright future.
2017 includes many changes in the IRB Laws of the Game and a range of new interpretations in the ARU Game Management Guidelines. This is the largest set of changes in a decade. All coaches, players and managers are encouraged to read the GMG document as it is the critical focus areas for all Australian referees this season. To launch the 2017 season the Senior DDRRA referees have completed a number of club briefings by conference call and visited more than a dozen clubs to run briefing sessions during club training. The Association focuses on development through our three ARU certified Referee Coaches and with the help of Wiedman Electrical who will regularly video games.
We need more Referees
We are actively on the lookout for anyone interested being a Referee or becoming an Assistant Referee. Anyone can referee from junior and teenage ranks, through to senior players, parents and club community members. The first step is to complete the online ARU Smart Rugby course. SR Link: http://www.aru.com.au/coaching/SmartRugby/ProgramFeatures.aspx . The DDRRA works with the ARU to run a range of referee courses including an AR programs. There will be AR courses held in May at various locations across Darling Downs. Dates to be communicated in coming weeks.
Are you Excited and would like More Information
If you are interested in refereeing, have some questions about the Laws of the Game, or simply have some feedback – the DDRRA are always available. Please contact Richard Bright for Senior Referee on 0428 981905, Geoff Kelk for Teens/Junior Referees on 0400 188908, or Scott Lindblom as President on 0418 775791.