Keswick v Winnington Park, North West 2 L 7. 3rd v 4th , Neither can win the league but I've reffed both this year, two good teams so should be a cracking game.
Not too far this week just 100 mile round trip! which will cost as I can't get the train.
Damn you Dr Beeching!
Oops, I’ve messed up. Still recovering from an effing lung infection and saw a call saying ”need a ref for 0900 for a high school game in Fairfield CT“ so thought give it a shot and ease myself back in.
Wrong - HS tournament - 9 to 4. Still, multiple 30 min games taking turns on touch and in the middle with a couple of experienced refs to give this newbie some feedback over multiple sessions - actually looking forward to it.
St Benedicts v Tarleton , North West 2 L 7. Neither team with anything to play for due to league re-organisation. hopefully it's on as there have been a few cry offs recently as teams have struggled for numbers in this league
Bit of a season update considering I've not been in these parts for a while...
Spent the season playing for a team in L8 getting fitter and generally causing malice and mayhem to scrums across the North West. Record there: 15 games played, 7 won, scored 1 try.
I've also somehow reffed 21 society games this season and 4 or 5 club games as well - not a bad turnout considering I've had COVID, and had a few spells having to cry off due to injuries...
With some frustration at the set-up and the direction of the club, along with a sense that my training isn't being as successful when I'm spending most of the week rehabbing knocks to then go and make them worse the Saturday after.... I'm making a swing back to reffing again, hopefully to have a stab of getting as high up as possible with this new found fitness... and 5 stone weight loss...
This Saturday a lovely Lancashire ADM Division 1 game (L9) between Dukinfield and Clitheroe. A bit of a dead-ringer, in that Dukinfield have just won the league by virtue of another team crying off their game tomorrow, but Clitheroe is always a nice day out, and Dukinfield are usually a nice management challenge to sink my teeth into.
This Saturday - Assistant reffing the Northern International Gay rugby finals day in Preston. Was meant to be in the middle but the games have been cut from 6 to 4 so alas I will have to do with running the line for a couple of games….
Ended up managing to wrangle reffing Lancaster Uni's trial game today ahead of their varsity instead of the IGR finals.
Lancaster's 1st XV are at Level 7 - so was a good experience reffing 2 grades higher!
First 40 minutes was 'probable 1st XV vs possible 1st XV' - due to an odd 'injury' - coach had to call an ambulance and said 40 minutes ended up taking an hour and 15 to complete. By this point I was starting to seize up having continuously started and stopped and so the second 40 minutes was more 'challenging'... Second 40 minutes was 2nd XV vs 3rd XV... both games an utter joy to referee, and the levels of rugby is far better since I was a student there.
Was also able to take in Fylde 1st XV v Hull 1st XV afterwards for free and have a few pints with some society referees/exec floating around...
I'm aching, sunburnt but have had a cracking day!
Next weekend is a playing weekend - so Sedgley Park 3s v Vale of Lune 2s. Last game of the season and a nice run out against my old University coach to boot!