Morris conducts touchiescourse

Normal, Sports

The National – Friday, June 17, 2011

THE PNGNRL Bid’s development officer Shane Morris, who is also the head coach of the current Port Moresby Stop N Shop Vipers, conducted a level one referees and touch judges course at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday.
Twenty-one participants mostly from the Port Moresby Suburban Sports association attended.
However, notable absentees were Port Moresby Rugby League  referees.
Morris went through with the participants on the importance of refereeing and its laws for both the referees and the touch charges giving basic outlines using examples in games played in Australia including the National Rugby League (NRL) on a projected screen at the Holiday Inn.
More interestingly, three females were among the 21 participants and went through all courses set for the day.
With the women’s rugby league just recently introduced, the participation of women will see them equipped with the necessary skills to be the first female referees once they graduatewith the level one referees certificate.
Morris was delighted to see a good number of participants from the suburban and grassroots leagues.
The former Brisbane Broncos trainer said referees were the most important people in the game and with good refeering in the country; the game would also develop to another level.
Simple drills were shown and after the meet, the participants went home satisfied with the course offered by the PNGNRL bid team.
The Bid team will travel to Rigo next week to run the All schools programme as well as the clinic run by Morris.