Just like that, the end of the season is here, and the coming two weekends sees the Finals for the region’s age grade rugby programme, the first such finals since 2019. Click here to view full details of the fixtures and who’s taking charge of which game. One of the finals will be overseen by one of our newest referees, Young Match Official Charlie Tucker, who takes charge of one of the Final matches in his first full season!
We caught up with Charlie to find out how his pre-match preparations were going:
What are you looking forward to most about refereeing the U14 Plate final?
I’m excited to have been chosen for the final in my first full season as a referee. I think it will be a good learning opportunity. It will be my first time in the middle as a part as a team of three. I’m looking forward to meeting the other officials on the day and finding out what I can pick up from their experience.
What got you into refereeing in the first place?
When I stopped playing I knew I wanted to stay involved in rugby. One of my friends had done the refereeing course a couple of seasons ago and I thought that was a great idea.
Who’s your biggest referee role model?
I enjoy watching the professional referees on the television, Nigel Owens and Wayne Barnes for example, and I particularly like the way Luke Pearce keeps the game moving and won’t put up with players messing around.
What’s your go-to pre-match meal and routine?
Most of my appointments are age grade games on Sunday mornings, so my pre match meal is normally just breakfast! My dad usually drives me to the game so during the journey I have the chance to refresh myself on the law variations that are being played that day.
How do you feel about refereeing as part of a Team of 3 with your dad?
I’m looking forward to having my dad as one of my ARs for the final: we did the refereeing course together and it’s great to have an activity we can do together!
Go well Charlie, and all our other Finals day referees! Special thanks also to Paul Scott our Sunday Appointer, who’s battled a referee shortage on virtually every Sunday this season and still managed to cover all necessary age-grade matches!
Of course there are still conventional age-grade Sunday fixtures to fulfil on Sunday 24th, but if you’re unable to referee then please consider supporting your fellow referees for the season finale!