Finals, Finals & More Finals!

As the 2018 season starts to come to a close Society Members are being rewarded for their high standard of performances, dedication & personal development throughout the year with appointments to major finals.

Champion Schools

August bank holiday weekend saw Mackenzie Maddison officiate at Wembley Stadium.
After being appointed the National Finals of the Champion Schools competition alongside Society colleagues Tolver Arnold & Ryan Cox at Warrington the previous month, Mackenzie was appointed as an In-Goal official to Challenge Cup curtain raiser when Wade Deacon (Widnes) beat John Fisher (Wigan) 18-10 in what was a very tense & exciting game.
Society Member Phil Smith was also on duty as a Match Official coach to the squad of six officials.

I shared this amazing experience with my friends, family, fellow Match Officials and mentors. The occasion started to sink in as we drove up to the Stadium. Walking out together onto the pitch before kick-off was an amazing feeling. Many years of hard work had led up to this game and the whole squad was excited and overwhelmed by the game ahead. We were all extremely proud to be appointed.

Mackenzie’s thoughts on the once in a life time experience.

Lancashire v Yorkshire Origin Matches

Craig Smith, Referee, and Adam Johnson, Touch Judge, officiated the 2019 Lancashire v Yorkshire U19s Origin game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. The game was shown live on the RFL’s ouRLeague app, with people tuning in to see Lancashire take the spoils and beat their Yorkshire rivals 36-06.

Craig & Adam pose with their teammates ahead of the game.

Adam Johnson then Touch Judged the Women’s Origin that took place straight after the men’s game, which saw another Lancashire victory this time by winning margin of six points, 16-10.

Adam poses with his colleagues prior to kick off.

Under 19s Academy Debuts

Towards the end of the season, officials get trailed on higher level games to be assessed for consideration of grading promotions following the fitness test in December. This year was no different as Denton & Tolver Arnold were both appointed to Referee their first Under 19s Academy matches.
Tolver was first up when he was appointed to Referee Wakefield Trinity v Warrington Wolves on 1st September. Big brother Denton then followed him to Belle Vue two weeks later, to Referee in the final round of the Academy season, Wakefield Trinity hosted the Widnes Vikings. 

Denton awarding a try in his first Academy U19s game. | Photo by Liv Morgan.

League One & Championship Debuts

Ryan Cox made his League One debut on 9th September as Reserve Referee. A week later Stuart Fraser was also appointed as Reserve Referee to his first Championship game.

Under 19s Academy Semi-Finals & Grand Final

Craig Smith & Adam Johnson were appointed to officiate one of the Under 19s Academy Semi-Final. Craig took charge while Adam assisted as Touch Judge when Wigan Warriors beat Huddersfield Giants to put them through to the final the week later. Leeds Rhinos beat St Helens in the other Semi-Final held at the Totally wicked Stadium meaning Wigan would host Leeds a week later in the final. 

Adam & Craig were both rewarded for their efforts in the semi as they were appointed to the final at the DW Stadium on 29th September. Wigan was crowned as champions beating Leeds 14-6.

Craig & Adam officiated the same two teams that featured in the final two weeks earlier at Wigan St Judes along with Society member Phil Rigby. | Photo by Kings Pix.

Lancashire Cup Finals

Four St Helens members were appointed to this year’s Lancashire Cup Finals held at Leigh East. Ryan Cox, Stuart Fraser, Mackenzie Maddison & Liam Jones officiated in different capacities throughout the day. 

Under 12s Final Appointments – Leigh Miners Rangers v Latchford Giants
Ref: Ryan Cox, TJs: Emily Grundy & Liam Jones, Res: Stuart Fraser.

Under 13s Final Appointments – Rylands Sharks v Saddleworth Rangers
Ref: Stuart Fraser, TJs: Emily Grundy & Liam Jones, Res: Ryan Cox.

Under 14s Final Appointments – Waterhead Warriors v Wigan St Judes
Ref: Mackenzie Maddison, TJs: Josh Beckett & Lewis Obrien, Res: Kieran Murphy.

Under 15s Final Appointments – Blackbrook Royals v Wigan St Pats
Ref: Kieran Murphy, TJs: Josh Beckett & Lewis Obrien, Res: Mackenzie Maddison.

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