Improving refereeing skills for PNG referees

Senior Digicel Exxon Mobil Cup referee Paul Wani has been inspired to lead in running weekly training sessions for both current and young aspiring referees.

Refresher courses for coaches, refs

The workshop highlighted areas such as code of conduct and the laws of rugby league.

Facilitators included former Hunters assistant coach, Nigel Hukula, PNG NRLC competition manager Paul Joseph, PNGRFL chief executive officer, Stanley Hondina and former referees Guma Opi and Paul Wane.

PNG Hunters head coach, Stanley Tepend and assistant coach, Paul Aiton also made time out of their busy schedule to speak to the coaches and referees. They participated in discussions which was a huge boost for the participants.

FIFA-Sanctioned Course For Instructors

The course started yesterday and will end on Friday, 28th of January. TPNGFA Head of Refereeing, Jimmy Warai said the course is hosted in two different locations, Port Moresby and Lae.

The Port Moresby course is hosting participants from member association from NGI and the Southern region, while Lae is hosting participants from Highlands and Momase.

Warai said the Lae course has attracted 23 participants and 16 were engaged in the Port Moresby course, bringing a total to 39 participants.

Referee A Profession

Paul Wani, Aaron Kilo and Leonard Alphones have made their way from being rugby leagues players and gone straight into becoming referees are encouraging young players to look into becoming referees as a career pathway.

Senior Referee, Paul Wani said it’s great to see Digicel cup players now refereeing the competition in the game venues around the country.

Wani said: “Players who have come direct from playing to refereeing, has seen an improvement in the quality of the game.”