Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Group 2 Refs to Get a Pay Rise

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Group 2 Refs to Get a Pay Rise

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Byline: Greg White

GROUP 2's lower grade referees and touch judges are almost certain to receive a pay rise in 2010 and while no claim has been lodged at this stage, their first grade colleagues may also receive extra remuneration.

Chief administrator Jim Anderson has received a request from the Referees Association to increase reserve and under-18 payments and indicated club delegates will be asked to consider extending the bounty to the top grade at the pre-season general meeting on February 22.

"Referees have not been granted an increase for touch lines or centres for the past six years and if granted, reserve and under-18 match officials would still be the lowest paid in Country Rugby League," he said.

"I have perused the application and consider it not to be unreasonable and further, I feel the fees for first grade should be looked at with a view to keeping our fees in line with other Groups."

If approval is granted, reserve grade centres would rise from $55 to $65, with touch judges going from $25 to $30.

Under-18 referees would receive $60 and touch judges $30 under the new scale.

The recommendations come at a critical stage with Referees Association boss Bill Gibbons releasing information that a maximum of 16 senior referees remain to control fixtures this season.

Of these, one is still to pay statutory fees while another is restricted to touch judging only due to a recent knee operation.

Alarmingly, there are no referees available for centre appointments in the Hastings, just one on the Macleay and three in Bowraville-Macksville.

It means increased travel commitments, doubling up of duties and the certainty of split rounds so the most experienced referees are allocated to first grade.

Group 2 first grade referees are currently paid $100 for a centre and $40 for touch judging. …

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