Illawarra District Rugby Union Referees Association


Welcome to a new year in Illawarra Rugby and a hearty welcome to several new members Neill Greaves, James Martel, Michael Solomons and Glen Piazza. The Kiama Sevens Tournament is only two days away, the 23rd February, commencing at 8.00am and Tim Brosnan will be the co-ordinator for this year. It is bigger than ever and all are looking forward to our first major hit out for the year. Enjoy the day.

On Monday evening the 18th March at the Illawarra Master Builders Club, at 7.00pm Alex Richards, representing the NSWRU, will be delivering the GAME MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES 2013 for all referees, club coaches, administrators, players, directors and any other interested rugby devotees. There are Law variations in place for 2013 and this is the forum for all in this district to gain knowledge of how the laws will apply. This meeting is imperative for all referees at the very least. The new Laws will be explained and the guidelines to interpret the new laws will be discussed. Your author urges all clubs to be aware of this evening and invites all clubs to be there. New law Books will also be distributed on this evening. BE THERE ! ! !

The following trial matches have now been sanctioned and referees will be contacted very shortly by our president Tony Feiertag re officiating, because I will be away for the next couple of weeks. Here is a list of games, venues and/or times and please contact Tony if you can help out. His number is on the new website.


Saturday March 2nd at Shoalhaven Rugby Park

    • Colts at 1.15pm 4 x 15 minute quarters
    • Seniors at 2.30pm 4 x 20 minute quarters



Sunday March 17th at Shoalhaven Rugby Park


  • U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18 ( We will need many to help out)

Commencing at 10am until 3.30pm


Saturday 9th March at Ocean Park Wonoona

  • SHAMROCKS V MAITLAND                       times to be announced

Saturday 16th March at Ocean Park Wonoona

  • SHAMROCKS V BLUE MOUNTAINS                      times to be announced

Saturday 23rd March at Ocean Park Wonoona

  • SHAMROCKS V ENGADINE          times to be announced




The Smart Rugby course at the University of Wollongong on Wednesday was well attended and we thank Sean for his diligence. There are other courses over the next few weeks and as had been previously discussed ALL REFEREES MUST BE SMART RUGBY ACCREDITTED TO BE ABLE TO OFFICIATE IN 2013 as a pre-requisite issued by the Executive of the Illawarra District Rugby Union Referees Association. This is a legal requirement for all who officiate. I have relisted the dates below for all the major courses from a previously sent email.


SmartRugby courses

  •  4th March - Kiama 6pm
  • 11th March - Camden 6pm
  • 18th March - Vikings 6pm


Coaching Kids Rugby courses aimed at Junior Coaches and Referees includes SmartRugby qualification

  • 25th Feb - Bowral 6pm  
  • 27th Feb - Shoalhaven RC 6pm
  • 20th March - Wollongong University Juniors 6pm
  • 25th march - Shamrocks Juniors - 6pm


FOUNDATION Coaching/Refereeing course  - intro to coach/ref pathway to level 1 for both

  • 10th March - Wollongong University 8.30am - 4.30pm
  • 16th March - Bowral 8.30am - 4.30pm




Jim Scardanas


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