Ahead of our Annual General Meeting to be held in April, your feedback will help us plan improvements to the society for the 2018/19 season.
The planned meeting on 7th February at Edwardians RFC has been cancelled.
The next NMSRFR monthly meeting is planned for 7th March 2018 at Camp Hill RFC.
Sadly, one of our former members – Ken Pattinson, an ex International Referee -has passed away.
Dave Thomas has pulled together information on his career in refereeing.
Ken started refereeing for the North Midlands Society in 1964, after playing for four years at Dudley Kingswinford RFC.
In 1973 he refereed his first Five Nations game, France v Scotland. Unfortunately Ken pulled a muscle during the game and sensibly came off. Had a slight ” hiccup” in the reverse fixture the next year when he ruled that a player holding the ball upright for a kick at goal, because of the wind, was offside and awarded a scrum !!!
There are numerous references of Ken in the books “Roars from the back of the Bus” and “Captains back of the bus”. Mention is made by many famous players of instances where Ken has been involved. One instance refers to a game between Ireland v Wales and the Welsh are being rather roughly treated by the Irish players! At one stage the Welsh captain complains about being penalised yet agian and pointed to three of his players lying injured on the ground. Ken then calls BOTH captains to tell them to calm down, this did not go down well with the Welsh players.
Later years saw Ken acting as a “Citing Commissioner” for the IRB (now World Rugby ). I remember seeing him at a junior International at Sixways and he was complaining that he had recently been in South West Ireland for a Junior International on a Friday night and had to be in Dublin the next day for a Senior International (what a hard life!)
Ken was always a strong supporter of the North Midlands Referees Society, regularly attending monthly meetings. At times quite strong discussions between Ken and Laurie Prideaux, our other International referee, took place. He was also a trustee of Telford Hornets RFC and a past President of the Shropshire RFU.
Mike Vaughan has been appointed as the North Midlands Society of Rugby Football Referees Safeguarding Offer.
The Society has also released its Safeguarding Policy which can be accessed via the Policies and Procedures page.
Society members are often in a position of trust with regards to Under 18s and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility whether acting as a referee, advisor, assessor, or coach.
If any Society member has further questions, they should contact Mike Vaughan – email@example.com
Can I remind you please that if your game is cancelled you should email Mike Fielding (firstname.lastname@example.org) – the Society’s Club Administration Manager besides bedsides advising the reappointments manager Fraser Colley (Saturday Matches) or Paul Scott (Sunday matches) Damian Hampton (mid week matches). Click here for appointment team contact details.
This will ensure that the information on WTR is up to date and correct.
With winter closing in and the potential for games to be cancelled at short notice I thought it prudent to remind you all of your responsibilities according to the ‘Laws of The Game’ and the position the Society will adopt.
Law 1.1 States (Extract)
The surface should be grass but may also be sand, clay, snow or artificial grass. The game may be played on snow, provided the snow and underlying surface are safe to play on. It shall not be a permanently hard ……….
Law 1.6 States
Objections to the ground: –
(a) If either team has objections about the ground or the way it is marked out they must tell the referee before the match starts.
(b) The referee will attempt to resolve the issues but must not start a match if any part of the ground is dangerous.
Therefore, if the game is in doubt due to bad weather, in the first instant it remains the home club’s responsibility to decide if the game should go ahead. If the referee turns up and finds that for safety reasons he / she feel that the pitch is unplayable the club who requested the referee will still be charged the match fee.
When a game is cancelled (including on the day for such things as for bad weather or late cancellation by the away team) you FIRSTLY IMMEDIATELY TELEPHONE THE REFEREE and then contact the appropriate appointments / re-appointments officer (Fraser Colley / Mike Spencer) who will amend the fixture on the Society database. The latter may be done via email / text within 24 hours of the kick off time. Failure to do so might result in your club being charged.
Please note that if you do not advise the referee that the game has been cancelled and he/she travels, you will be charged a match fee irrespective of the game taking place or not.
IF YOU ARE AWARE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN APPOINTED AN EXCHANGE REFEREE A DECISION SHOULD BE MADE THE NIGHT BEFORE OR IN PLENTY OF TIME TO ENSURE THE REFEREE DOES NOT TRAVEL. IT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL OTHER GAMES AT LEAST 3 HOURS BEFORE KICK OFF.
Treasurer and NMSRFR WhosTheRef Admin Manager