Reminder: reviewer/developer meeting 22/5

A reminder:

The end of season meeting for all reviewer/developers will take place on 22 May, at Five Ways Old Edwardian RFC, Ash Lane, Alvechurch B48 7BD.

It will be an opportunity for feedback as well as information on changes for the future season. It will also be an opportunity to catch up with others that you may not have seen for a while.

Please arrive at 930-945, in time for a prompt 1000 start. Lunch will be provided

Please also confirm your attendance and help us to book appropriate catering by emailing Trish Bartlam-Clarke

Autumn International Tickets: Last Chance!

Last Chance!

This is the final reminder that to be in with a chance of ‘good’ tickets for England’s Autumn International fixtures, you need to send your request to Dave Thomas dave@yoyomail.co.uk BEFORE 9 MAY, to ensure that any requests go to the RFU in time.

A reminder also that you will need to pay the RFU directly for any tickets ordered, once your order has been confirmed.

Friday Bulletin 29 April: ‘That’s all folks’!

That’s a wrap, folks: the 2021-22 regular season is done and dusted, we hope that you all enjoyed the return to full rugby after the enforced breaks over the last couple of years. There’s just a couple of things before we go!

AGM

The Society AGM was held on Wednesday 27 April, and the meeting was also recorded so that those not present can observe proceedings: the video and the written minutes will be published on our Society Meeting Documents page as soon as they are ready. There were lots of useful discussions on developing our refereeing as we go into next season, so watch this space for news of specific ideas and how you can contribute

Age Grade finals

The age-grade season culminated in Finals day last weekend featuring among others one of our YMOs Charlie refereeing alongside AR dad Owen, and a few more of our regular Sunday referees in action. The adult and U18 finals take place in the next few days to round off the season

The off-season

Over the off-season the Friday bulletin will not be sent out every week, but there will be occasional bulletins over the summer including an AGM follow-up. In the meantime, keep checking into the website as we make updates and changes over the summer, and of course, keep fit and healthy during the off-season!

Friday Bulletin 22 April

AGM final reminder

This is the final reminder that the Society AGM will take place at Five Ways Old Edwardians RFC at 7pm on Wednesday 27th April.

Reviewers/developers: save the date

The date has now been set for all Reviewers to come together for a look back on the season, to take place on Sunday 22 May at Five Ways Old Edwardians RFC. It will be an opportunity for feedback as well as information on changes for the following 2022-23 season. Lunch will be provided on the day, and it will be an opportunity to catch up with others that you may not have seen for a while.

Further information to be provided nearer to the date.

Touch referee training

There are still a couple of places available on the ‘Introduction to Touch Rugby’ refereeing course. The date for this online course has now been confirmed as Thursday 28th April at 7pm, and will cost £10 per person. Please email Julian on webmaster@northmidsrefs.co.uk before the end of today Friday 22 April if you still want to participate.

Autumn Nations Series Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for the Autumn Internationals featuring England, which are as follows:

  • Sunday 6 November 2022 – England v Argentina – KO 14:15
  • Saturday 12 November 2022 – England v Japan – KO 15:15
  • Saturday 19 November 2022 – England v New Zealand – KO 17:30
  • Saturday 26 November 2022 – England v South Africa – KO 17:30

Ticket prices start at £23 for juniors and £49 for adults: click here for full details

If you would like tickets, please contact Dave Thomas dave@yoyomail.co.uk before 5 May with your requirements. Please note the system of payment changed for this seasons Six Nations. Members will now be advised directly by the RFU of the tickets allocated and how to make payment direct and not via the Society. The payment request should be sent to you towards the end of August.

Peter Evans

Peter’s funeral will take place at Gornal Wood Crematorium DY3 2RL on Monday 9 May at 1140am, followed by a gathering at Dudley Kingswinford RFC. If you plan to attend the post-service gathering please inform Mike Spencer mike.spencer@blueyonder.co.uk in order to gauge catering numbers.

It’s your website!

Julian is still accepting submissions for ideas to revamp the Society website duringthe off-season: please submit these to webmaster@northmidsrefs.co.uk by the end of April. Remember, if you don’t suggest it, it has no chance of being considered!

Ask the Expert question

A question about the catching of a failed drop-goal attempt has been answered in the Ask the Expert section, please click here to see the details

Community update

The latest RFU Community update can be viewed by clicking here. It contains important information about summer rugby.

YMO takes charge in Finals Week

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!