Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Luke Listens, Learns, Loves to Ref

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Luke Listens, Learns, Loves to Ref

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Byline: Dave Kirkpatrick sport@northernstar.com.au

LISTENING is the greatest skill a soccer referee can have, according to leading local whistle-blower Luke Mackney.

Mackney, 24, will take the next step in his sideline career when he walks out for the Newcastle State League reserve grade game between Wallsend and Thornton this weekend.

It's another stepping stone in a career that Mackney hopes will lead to bigger and better things like the A-League and perhaps even one day the World Cup.

"If I could get to the A-League that would be great, or the World Cup, but I'm not looking that far ahead," he said.

"I'm just looking to put in a good performance in Newcastle and go from there.

"It's good to get an opportunity like this and hopefully I can do well."

It must be remembered that Mackney was the referee at the centre of the infamous 2007 premier division grand final between Italo Stars and Richmond Rovers, where he was verbally abused by fans and had a beer can thrown at him after red-carding two Stars players. …

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