Devine awarded referee scholarship

Devine awarded referee scholarship

The new year may be just five weeks old but Coffs Harbour basketball referee Mattison Devine has already gained high honours.

The 17-year-old has been awarded the NSW Country Referee Scholarship following his outstanding performance at the Australian Junior Country Championships in Albury in January.

With Mattison now identified as one of the top junior referees in Australia, he will be given the opportunity to officiate at tournaments under the supervision of some of Australia’s best referee educators.

On the local scene Mattison will now form part of the senior referees’ panel and will be a regular whistle blower on the youth league and State league games.

Referee Action Day a huge success

REFEREE Development Manager for Basketball Australia Bruce Keirs and former NBL referee John Rearden were in Coffs Harbour last Saturday to conduct a Referee Action Day.

Conducted at the new court at Southern Cross University, more than 30 referees were in attendance.

The day commenced with the FIBA Referee Fitness test, which is a compulsory test for all referees wanting to officiate at junior and senior representative level.

Following the test, the referees underwent a series of on-court sessions, discussions on game situations, game management, rule knowledge and judiciary procedures.

The day finished with all referees undertaking the theory examination.

At the end of the day, Keirs was very complementary of the participants.

“The referees have a very sound knowledge of the rules and they were keen to be involved in discussion,” Keirs said.

“Obviously the referees’ program in Coffs Harbour is in very good shape and it is producing some excellent referees.”

Story courtesy of The Coffs Coast Advocate