Three Aussie refs reach top

Three Aussie refs reach top

Three Aussie refs reach top FIBA, the governing body of world basketball, has announced its selection of officials for junior world championship competition in 2007 - and three Australians have made the grade. Victoria’s Raoul Kirsten, Sydney-based Brad Giersch and

Three Aussie refs reach top

FIBA, the governing body of world basketball, has announced its selection of officials for junior world championship competition in 2007 - and three Australians have made the grade.

Victoria’s Raoul Kirsten, Sydney-based Brad Giersch and Novocastrian Scott Beker will be the Australian representatives.


Kirsten, who also officiated at the 2006 World University Games in Turkey as well as the 2006 defencejobs Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) Grand Final, was appointed for the 2nd FIBA U21 world championship for women in Moscow, Russia from June 29 to July 8. 

“I am pleased and excited,” Kirsten said. “It is a great opportunity to further my skills and it’s always a pleasure to represent your country.”

Giersch, who previously refereed at the 2006 World University Games in Turkey and at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, will officiate at the 8th FIBA U19 world championship for men in Novi Sad, Serbia from July12 to 22.

“I am very happy to be chosen,” Giersch said. “It is an honour to be recognized on a world level.”

Newcastle’s Beker, who was last Friday named Official of the Year at the 2006
Newcastle Sports Awards, will referee at the 7th FIBA U19 world championship for women in Bratislava, Slovak Republic from July 26 to 5 August. 

Beker departs for China today to referee the semi finals of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Basketball Australia would like to congratulate Brad, Raoul and Scott upon their significant appointments.