Six WA referees heading to Dubbo for National Indigenous Championships

NRL WA would like to congratulate Brock Midson, Andrew Devene, Juraea Turner, Jaraiah Gatawan, Jasmine Hewat-Lawrence and Mysteque Pepper on their selection to be part of the Match Officials Team at the National Indigenous Championships (NIC) to be played in Dubbo, NSW this weekend.

Devene, Turner and Gatawan, Hewat-Lawrence and Pepper were chosen after progressing through the NRL Referees’ Emerging Talent Academy last year, while Midson came through the Referees’ High-Performance Academy.

Western Australia Co-ordinator for NRL National Structure of Officiating, Dr Jess Myers says he is delighted to have secured the funding needed to allow more WA-based referees the opportunity to travel.

“There are now plenty of opportunities [for referees],” Myers said. “It used to be three or four referees would get the chance to travel and referee something other than our local competition.”

“I wanted to significantly increase that.

“There will be a minimum of 12 referees travelling this year. Up to 18.”

The NIC – which runs between 9th – 10th March will pit the best talent from the Kurri Knockout, Murri Cup competitions and select invitational teams against each other across Men, Women and Junior divisions.

Held as a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, former NRL referees Pat Walsh, Willy Barnes, Brett Merhton and NRL Referees Referee Development Programs Lead, Steve Clark will be on hand at the championships to provide feedback to our travelling referees.

“They will get direct feedback from former NRL referees,” Myers said.

“Refereeing is definitely becoming more attractive.”

NRL WA would also like to send their congratulations to Byron Devene, who was selected as one of the original six referees to travel to Dubbo but had to withdraw due to Year 12 exams.

Following on from this, a further thank you must be addressed to Steve Clark and his team for their support of NRL WA Referees.