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Mr. Consistency appointed to third grand final in four years

After being named the 2018 Referee of the Year it is no surprise that Peter Thomas will take control of the Blowes Clothing Cup First Grade Grand Final.

The former Dubbo Kangaroos break-away has settled in comfortably transitioning from playing to the officiating stables and will be supported by assistant referees Jarrod Simpson and Peter Egan for the contest. Thomas’ appointment for Saturday’s eagerly anticipated clash between the Orange Emu’s and Bathurst Bulldogs will be his third first grand final in the past four seasons.

Ian Richardson, President of the Central West Rugby Referee’s Association, says that it is Thomas’ understanding of the game that makes him a great fit for officiating. “Coming from a player’s background he has a very good feel for what the players are trying to achieve.”

“He talks to both sides very well, and is able to get them to understand what he wants very easily and quite quickly”

Peter Thomas accepting his Referee of the Year Award with Adam Freier. (Source: Nick McGrath)

Richardson pointed out that his calmness and his willingness along with his ability to make effective decisions in the big moments have helped his profile within the game.

“He is naturally just one of those guys that is very calm when he goes out there he is not really fazed by anything.”

It is this attitude that has gained the respect of fans, players and coaches throughout the region. Richardson added, “His ability to adjust his performances is second to none and this has helped him create a style of refereeing that has served him well along with rugby in the Central West.”

 “Ever since joining the officiating ranks, he has always been calm. It is one of his best assets”

Madden after his 150th refereeing appointment(Source: Pete Gutherie)

Meanwhile, in the lower grades Richard Madden will take charge in a repeat of last year’s second grade grand final where the Bulldogs will take on Emu’s.

Mitch Dwyer, fresh of his appointment in last week’s first grade New Holland Agriculture Cup final will run the line with Evelyn George.

George will also have sense of déjà vu as she prepares to take control of the Amanda Ferguson WestFund Cup grand final between CSU Bathurst and Bathurst Bulldogs.

Brandon Kreymborg and Vittorio Travan will help as her linesmen, in what shapes to be one of the fiercest contests of the day. George controlled the women’s final last year.

L-R: Travan in action during Week 1 of the finals. (Source: Central West Daily – Nick McGrath); Top Right – Simpson during last year’s finals. (Source: Matt Findlay); Bottom – Evelyn George will control the Amanda Ferguson WestFund Cup final. (Source: Mudgee Guardian – Ben Harris)

CSU Bathurst student Vittorio Travan will control his second final in as many years with the third-grade final between Emu’s and Bulldogs, with Murray Reay and Kreymborg running the line.

Jarrod Simpson will referee the colt’s final when the Dubbo Kangaroos take on Orange City, where he will be assisted by Mitch Dwyer and Peter Egan.

Richardson thanked all the officials for their involvement during the year and for the support they were giving rugby in this region.

He added, “I hope all referees to go out there and enjoy themselves and I encourage you all to make the calls that you have to be make.”

“But most importantly come off having done a great job and enjoying the finals experience and hopefully the players will decide the games”

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