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Flags and Whistles – May 2019

St Helens Rugby League Referees Society Newsletter – Edition 36

Denton, Mackenzie & Stuart Go To Blackpool

Three of our members were in action at ‘The Big One’ when the Summer Bash arrived at Bloomfield Road in Blackpool for its fifth year.

Mackenzie Maddison and Stuart Fraser were appointed to the curtain raiser on day one of the annual Championship flagship ‘Magic Weekend’ style event. Mackenzie acted as Touch Judge to Referee Aaron Moore (Wigan) with Stuart appointed as Reserve Referee. Lancashire took the spoils on the day meaning the 2 teams will head to Odsal, Bradford for the deciding tie.

Mackenize Touch Judging at Summer Bash

Denton Arnold also took to pitch at Bloomfield Road and was involved in a thrilling game between Featherstone Rovers and York City Knights. Featherstone ran away with the game in the first half but the recently promoted York team proved tough opponents in the second half, almost pulling off a remarkable comeback. This game was shown on Sky Sports.

This appointment adds to Denton’s established list of appearances at the Summer Bash event; in 2016 he Touch Judged the last League One Cup Final which saw Barrow Raiders lift the cup after beating North Wales Crusaders. He also Touch Judged the inagural match of the Women’s Super League at last year’s event when Bradford Bulls beat Featherstone Rovers.

Congratulations to all three members who performed well on the big stage.


St Helens Schools Cup Finals

The Society once again provided officials for the annual St Helens Schools Rugby League cup finals held at The Totally Wicked Stadium.

Year 7 Final Appointments – Cowley International College v St Cuthberts Catholic High (Paul Wellens Trophy)
Referee: Ryan Cox
Touch Judges: Nick Hart & George Johnson
Timekeeper: Adam Jackson

Year 8 Final Appointments – Cowley International College v Rainford High (Eric Chisnall Trophy)
Referee: Shaun Pickering
Touch Judges: Innes Arnold & Kristian Silcock
Timekeeper: Adam Jackson

Year 9 Final Appointments – Cowley International College v De La Salle High (Chris Arkwright Trophy)
Referee: Liam Jones
Touch Judges: Stuart Lloyd & Dan Bamber
Timekeeper: Innes Arnold

Year 10 Final Appointments – De La Salle High v St Cuthberts Catholic High (Keiron Cunnigham Trophy)
Referee: Shaun Pickering
Touch Judges: Denton Arnold & George Johnson
Timekeeper: Innes Arnold

Year 11 Final Appointments – Cowley International College v De La Salle High (Alex Murphy Trophy)
Referee: Ryan Cox
Touch Judges: Innes Arnold & Nick Hart
Timekeeper: Denton Arnold

Congratulations to each member involved!


Meet Your Referees – Frank Tickle

Name: Frank Tickle

Age: 73

Years Officiating: 40

Highest Levels officiated;
Division 1 (Referee)
Division 1 (Touch Judge)

Proudest Moment of your career?
‘Getting the letter to inform me I had been promoted to a senior referee.’

Funniest Moment of your career?
‘When I watched Mick Hesketh diddle Martyn Haigh out of a fiver.’

Why would you recommend becoming a Rugby League Match Official to someone?
‘Listen to experiences Referees’ advise and implement a routine.’

Frank Tickle – Life Member

‘Teammates’ with Nick Hart

Nick Hart Touch Judging an National Conference League fixture at Clock Face Miners ARLFC.

Who is the funniest member of our Society?
‘There are a couple of people that come to mind but Shaun Pickering always makes me laugh during training.’

Who is the most boring member of our Society?
‘No one really, everyone is a pretty good laugh.’

Who is the best trainer in our Society?
‘This year it is a tie between Shaun Pickering and Stuart Fraser. Stuart because of the sheer dedication, but Shaun too who puts 100% in every week.’

Who is the Society sicknote?
‘Recently this has to be Innes Arnold, who has had the same cough for the last 3 months! Or me, usually pull up with something new each week.’

Which member of our Society has the best changing room banter?
‘This is a hard one, but I would say Ryan Cox. I always have a great laugh when I am on games with him.’

Who is the best dressed member of our Society?
Denton Arnold. He always seems to be dressed smartly for everything that he does.’

Who is the worst dressed member of our Society?
Stuart Fraser. He has some questionable outfits on nights out.’

Which member of our Society would you least like to be stuck on a desert island with?
‘Our training coordinator, Craig Hill, he would probably think up some exercise for me to do.’

Nick Hart – Full Member

Stuart Completes The London Marathon

In previous editions of our newsletter we brought you the story about Stuart Fraser planning to run in the Virgin Media London Marathon, well he completed it posting a final time of 4 hours and 33 minutes. Stuart ran the marathon to raise money for the National Autistic Society, in the end raising a total of £1095.

Stuart Fraser running in the 2019 London Marathon
Stuart Fraser running in the 2019 London Marathon

After months of training and preparation, he joined 40,000 other runners in achieving what Stuart himself described as the ‘greatest achievement in his life’ and he has already got his name down for next year.


Shaun & Ryan Officiate The Rhinos Challenge

On Friday 17th May, Shaun Pickering and Ryan Cox headed to Skegness to officiate at the ‘Rhinos Challenge’ which saw thousands of young players descend on Butlins in Skegness for a rugby-filled weekend.

Shaun Pickering and Ryan Cox officiate at the 2019 Rhinos Challenge.
Shaun Pickering and Ryan Cox officiate at the 2019 Rhinos Challenge.

Shaun and Ryan were 2 out 3 referees who travelled down from Lancashire to join 24 other referees travelling from Yorkshire and London. Shaun and Ryan refereed around 16 games over two days, both enjoying the experience of refereeing teams from Yorkshire and London who they don’t get to officiate on a weekly basis.


Development Meeting Update

At this month’s development meeting we worked on movement around the field. We had one person refereeing with everyone else running through a set of six. This was good because it worked on our positioning and also decision making. We then did some work on TJ positioning. To do this we had one person Touch Judging while half the group attacked and the other half defended running through a set finishing with a decision in the corner.


Important Upcoming Dates

Match Officials Course – Saturday 1st June 2019 (contact Phil Smith via 07986295769 or email)
General Meeting – Tuesday 4th June 2019
Development Meeting – Tuesday 18th June 2019

Future Editions

Please send all future stories to Ryan Cox so these can be added to newsletters.
Please send all notable appointments to Denton Arnold so these can be added to the honours list.


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