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The debut of Taylor Worth last weekend was a great example of the value of being able to hone your craft refereeing in your local A grade competition.

Hostplus Cup referee #72 took to the field on Saturday night in his latest step on the pathway, having completed much of his development in his hometown of Townsville. 

Massive credit has to go to the Townsville and District Rugby League Referees Association for the way they engage their members, as could be seen in the presentation they put on to celebrate Taylor’s selection in the week leading up.

The association has a phenomenal retention rate over 70% and it’s a big part of the reason why they have produced seven Hostplus Cup referees.


This weekend sees our Vice Chairman and one of our longest serving members Debut in the Hostplus Cup. Taylor will become...

Posted by Townsville & District Rugby League Referees on Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Taylor will be the first to say how much he enjoys just being a local, loves refereeing A grade, loves being part of his association – and that’s how we grow.

When I was in Gladstone, I just loved being part of that association and I was an up-and-comer winning awards, but I was also giving back as a coordinator for the juniors, which I really enjoyed, so it’s not only about refereeing, it’s about that connectedness and community.

It means in places like Townsville, officials are more eager to ply their trade in A grade for longer, knowing the potential path upwards remains available to them.

It's a big reason why it's so important for us to have established all of our regional hubs to up-skill officials in their local area.

We’re a true statewide competition. Our officiating program needs to be truly statewide as well. We need to reflect that, so that’s why we have those hubs and this year we introduced two more hubs so we can broaden our development squad and give more people the opportunity to learn, whether they want to officiate Hostplus Cup or local A grade.

We know this is a particularly challenging time for our local associations being in a crossover between junior statewide competition and the start of their seasons, but coming out of that I know we have better referees contributing at a grassroots level.

It helps with the standard of football, because if you’ve got a better match official that is going to apply the rules appropriately, you’ll hopefully get a better standard of football and you will bring players up to that standard.

The better the game, the better the discipline in that game and generally the better environment we can create for all.

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