July Round-Up

July has been a busy month for our members…

St Helens Schools Cup Finals

The month started with the conclusion of the 2018 St Helens Schools Cup Finals when the Year 8 and Year 10 School Boys finals took place at The Totally Wicked Stadium.

Year 8 Final Appointments – Cowley International College v De La Salle
Ref: Ryan Cox, TJs: Shaun Pickering & Phil Anders, Res: Tolver Arnold, Timekeeper: Denton Arnold, MO Support: Brian Cummings.

Year 10 Final Appointments – Cowley International College v De La Salle
Ref: Tolver Arnold, TJs: Innes Arnold & Steve Floyd, Res: Shaun Pickering, Timekeeper: Denton Arnold, MO Support: Brian Cummings.

Champion Schools National Finals

The Society has a long tradition of providing officials for the National Champion Schools finals and this year was no different.  The Society was represented healthily yet again; three out of the eighteen officials appointed for the day was from St Helens; Tolver Arnold, Ryan Cox & Mackenzie Maddison. Phil Smith was appointed as a Match Officials coach also. All the officials involved took a step closer to the curtain-raiser at prior to the Challenge Cup final in August.

Year 7 Girls Final Appointments – Corpus Christi Catholic College (Leeds) v Wade Deacon High School (Widnes)
Ref: Tom Gibbs, TJs: Josh Goldie & Ryan Cox, IGs: Mackenzie Maddison & Thomas Mackey Res: Molly Hutchinson.

Year 8 Girls Final Appointments – Castleford Academy (Wakefield) v West Lakes Academy (Egremont)
Ref: Catlin Beevers, TJs: Frankie Connell & Lewis O’Brien IGs: Leyla Coban & Josh Scaife Res: Josh Goldie.

Year 8 Boys Final Appointments – Castleford Academy (Wakefield) v Corpus Christi Catholic College (Leeds)
Ref: Mackenzie Maddison, TJs: Thomas Mackey & Tom Gibbs, IGs: Ryan Cox & Leyla Coban Res: Molly Hutchinson.

Year 9 Girls Final Appointments – St John Fisher Academy (Dewsbury) v St Peters Catholic High School (Manchester)
Ref: Ollie Maddock, TJs: Josh Scaife & Josh Goldie, IGs: Catlin Beevers & Lewis O’Brien Res: Eoin Bowie.

Year 9 Boys Final Appointments – Brooksbank High School (Calderdale) v St Peters Roman Catholic H.S. (Wigan)
Ref: Luke Bland, TJs: Ryan Cox & Mackenzie Maddison, IGs: Frankie Connell & Eoin Bowie Res: Molly Hutchinson.

Year 10 Girls Final Appointments – Castleford Academy (Wakefield) v Astley Community H.S. (Seaton Delaval)
Ref: Tolver Arnold, TJs: Catlin Beevers & Leyla Coban, IGs: Lewis O’Brien & Thomas Mackey Res: Frankie Connell.

Year 10 Boys Final Appointments – Brooksbank High School (Calderdale) v Wade Deacon High School (Widnes)
Ref: Ryan Stansfield TJs: Luke Bland & Eoin Bowie, IGs: Ollie Maddock & Josh Scaife Res: Tolver Arnold.

Rugby League European Federation

Phil Smith travelled to Malta to deliver an RLEF Level 1 Match Officials course. While he was there Phil was also appointed as Reserve Referee for a Rugby League World Cup 2021 Qualifier game between Malta & Ukraine.


Both Innes and Tolver Arnold flew over to Canada for the first time to officiate at Toronto Wolfpack in the Betfred Championship. Innes was appointed as Reserve Referee when the Wolfpack hosted the Sheffield Eagles. Tolver followed the week after as Touch Judge for Toronto v Batley Bulldogs.

North West Counties Under 12s Cup Finals

While the Arnolds and Phil were travelling around the world, back at home Ryan Cox and Stuart Fraser were officiating the NWC Under 12s Cup Finals at Preston Grasshoppers.

North West Counties Under 13s – 15s Cup Finals

It was a clean sweep at the NWC Under 13s – 15s finals day at Golborne Parkside with members being involved in all three finals in different capacities.

Under 13s Plate Final Appointments – Leyland Warriors v Limehurst Lions
Ref: Mark Grady, TJs: Emily Grundy & Stuart Fraser, Res: Adam Johnson.

Under 13s Final Appointments – Bank Quay Bulls v Ince Rose Bridge
Ref: Liam Jones, TJs: Stuart Fraser & Emily Grundy, Res: Mackenzie Maddison.

Under 14s Final Appointments – Saddleworth Rangers v Woolston Rovers
Ref: Mackenzie Maddison, TJs: Stuart Fraser & Liam Jones, Res: Adam Johnson.

Under 15s Final Appointments – Leigh East v Waterhead Warriors
Ref: Adam Johnson, TJs: Mackenzie Maddison & Liam Jones, Res: Stuart Fraser.

General Meeting

The Society hosted Dave Campbell as a guest speaker at July’s General Meeting, continuing our good run of guest speakers after hosting James Child earlier in the year.

Professional Debut

Adam Johnson made his professional Touch Judging debut. Adam then continued in League One two weeks later when he was appointed to Touch Judge at London Skolars when they played Bradford Bulls. Society colleagues Craig Smith refereed the game, and Innes Arnold ran the other line.

Family History

Denton & Tolver Arnold made some more family history when they Touch Judged Hunslet v Doncaster in a Betfred League One clash. This game was the first professional game that the brothers had Touch Judged together.

Denton & Tolver pose with their teammates prior to kick off.

International Duty

Finishing off the month Denton Arnold (Referee) & Stuart Lloyd (Touch Judge) officiated Wales v Scotland Under 16s in an International Representative fixture held at Robin Park, Wigan. This marked Denton’s first International middle and Stuart’s International debut.

Denton & Stuart pose with the two captains prior to kick off. | Photo by Mark Stringer

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