League refs hope to make A Grade
BROTHERS Chris and Daniel Ryan have proved themselves to be successful authorities of rugby league as they prepare to step up into refereeing roles in the Toowoomba Rugby League (TRL) A Grade.
Chris has been refereeing rugby league for the past six years and hopes to move into a refereeing position in A Grade by the end of the year.
"At the moment I’m just doing touch judging (in A Grade) but I’m hoping to get into the middle," he said.
"My short-term goal is to referee in the Queensland Cup."
Chris, 19, said he enjoyed the responsibilities of refereeing games despite the occasional piece of criticism from disgruntled players.
"I enjoy the close matches and I strive to ref the game to the best of my ability to give the best outcome for the teams," he said.
"Every game you’re going to get asked if you’re biased."
"But you know you’ve got the authority over them and the penalties in place."
Younger brother Daniel, 18, has followed the lead of Chris and currently referees the 18-year-old division matches and is a touch judge official for A Grade fixtures.
Daniel has been refereeing games for the past five years and enjoys the challenge and fitness the role offers.
"It’s just a fun way to get fit and meet new people," he said.