Northern Swords Referee Fundamental and Beginner Course

Referee Fundamental and Beginner Course

Referee Fundamental and Beginner Course post thumbnail image


Referees and Touch Judges needed for the 2021 season!

Be a part of community sport and get the best seat in the house.

Rugby League Northland is hosting the New Zealand Rugby League Fundamentals course in refereeing.  This is a great way to start your involvement in being part of an exciting sport.  This training is also good for those wanting to be touch judge before deciding to referee.

Junior, Secondary School and Senior games all need officiating some on different days of the week if your Saturday’s are busy.

What: Fundamental (Level 0) and Beginner (Level 1) Referee accreditation.

When: TBC

Time:  TBC

Where:  Sport Northland Sportshouse, McKay Stadium, Kensington Whangarei.

Cost:  No charge

All welcome. WE NEED YOU!!

Contact Teri on 437 9640 or email  for more information.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Post

Pirtek NZRL National Premiership – Swords put out an SOS to Northland League PublicPirtek NZRL National Premiership – Swords put out an SOS to Northland League Public

The Northern Swords are calling out to all of Northland League public to get in behind the Swords to help them rescue their season this weekend at Toll Stadium after they were put to the sword by the Central Vipers in Whanganui on Sunday.  The Central Vipers continued their turnaround season in the Pirtek NZRL National Premiership, with a resounding 74-16 win over Northern Swords. After travelling through the 2013 competition without a win, the Hawke’s Bay/Taranaki/Manawatu/Whanganui combination have now registered two wins this year, having accounted for Wellington two weeks ago.

By contrast, the Swords now have one hand on the wooden spoon, still winless through four rounds. The equivalent fixture 12 months ago provided the Vipers with the best result of their schedule – a 40-22 loss – but they were quickly on top this time, running in seven tries to lead 36-4 at halftime.

Coach Mark Freeman, had very little positive things to say about the team’s performance, “I thought after last week’s run against the Auckland Development squad that we had prepared well going into the game, there were some who tried and others who shouldn’t have put a jersey on today.  We’re not going to give up though, we will address what it takes to play Rugby League and tackle this week and take on the next challenge.”

The Northern Swords have Wai-Coa-Bay this Sunday at Toll Stadium.  The Stallions are also coming off a big loss as they were thumped by Counties Manukau 68 – 0.  “In tough times Whanau support Whanau, these are tough times for the Swords, we need our Northland League public to get down to Toll this weekend and give them support from the sidelines.  Like all things in life, when things are tough, knowing you have your Whanau backing you, can be a tremendous moral boost!” said Alex Smits – RLN GM.

The Swords 15s and 17s will also have their final hit out against the Wai-Coa-Bay outfit before they head to Rotorua for their National Campaign.  The 15s and 17s were scheduled to play on Toll Stadium 11.45 and 1:00pm respectively – however, Toll has suffered some serious damage over the last couple weeks with the amount of rain we have had, added to the Rugby and League fixtures that have been played.  Toll is having some remedial work done, so it is hoped that it will recover.  If it is unavailable the 15s and 17s fixtures will be moved to Old Boys.


GATES WILL OPEN AT 11:30am if U15s are playing at Toll Stadium, otherwise 2:15pm for Premiers.

11.45 – U15s – Northern Swords v Wai-Coa-Bay Colts (Old Boys or Toll Stadium TBC)
1.00pm – U17s – Northern Swords v Wai-Coa-Bay Colts (Old Boys or Toll Stadium TBC)
2.30pm – Premiers Northern Swords v Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions – Toll Stadium

The Benson Selwyn coached, Northern Swords 17s, sit top of the table in the NZRL National ChampionshipThe Benson Selwyn coached, Northern Swords 17s, sit top of the table in the NZRL National Championship

Points Table


The Swords 17s, beat the Waicoa Bay Colts 36 – 34, in a points scoring thriller.  Leading 16 – 8, the Swords looked to be cruising.  Complacency is the biggest killer in Rugby League, with Waicoa Bay and the Swords trading blow for blow in the second half before James Dean Fisher-Harris crashed over the line, from a set move, with three minutes left to play, to secure victory.

James Dean Fisher-Harris and Hamish Pomare did their selection chances for an NZRL 18s jersey, a world of good, with both of them scoring two tries a piece.  The final squad for the NZRL 18s, will be named on Thursday, for the two test match series against the Australian School Boys with the first game being played at Toll Stadium on September 30thKey Dates.

This is the first time a Northern Swords team has:

  • Won back to back games in a season
  • Won back to back against an opposition team (the Swords 17s defeated Waicoa in 2012)
  • Topped the points table

The Swords 17s will be looking to stay at the top of the table as they take on the Central Vipers this weekend at Ohaewai.  The Swords won’t be taking the Vipers 17s lightly, as they shocked the Wellington Orcas 42 – 28 in Whanganui.

The Swords Premiers have yet to record their first win, losing 52 – 18 to the Waicoa Bay Stallions.  The Swords had a much improved performance.   The Swords looked down and out at 24 – 6 at half time.  They managed to fight their way into the game with the score 24 -12 with less than 20 minutes left on the clock, but the superior experience of the Bays took the game away from the Swords.  New comers to the team Corey Naera and Ash Harawira, both had strong performances.

The Swords Premiers will be looking for their first win when they take on the Central Vipers this weekend.  The Premiers currently sit in 6th place, just above the Central Vipers (7th place) on points difference. The Premiers will have the added advantage of Tom McCaffrey, High Performance Coach from St George Illawara, helping with training this week and the boys will up the training intensity, training three nights this week, with Tom’s assistance.