Two Griffith referees will have a jam packed week ahead of them when they jet off to Kuala Lumpur for the world cup in April.
Nick Altin and Frank Scarfone will be packing their bags and flying to Singapore, where they will spend a couple of days before heading off to Kuala Lumpur.
Mr Altin will be right up there among the action as one of the 120 referees on the day, and he’s looking forward to seeing some good games.
Mr Scarfone will be managing the 40s mens side, but he will also be ready to pull on his gear and join the fray as a standby player.
He’d be facing much younger players, but Scarfone has never said no to a challenge and doesn’t plan on doing so any time soon.
Mr Scarfone has been to overseas tournaments before, and he said they’re always great fun.
“The great thing about touch football is that you can go anywhere in the world and have a game,” he said.
It’s been a good few months for Griffith referees, who have been travelling to tournaments across the country including Wollongong and the state cup at Port Macquarie, Cootamundra, and Yass.
At Port Macquarie Connor Lane, Frank Scarfone, Mark Culla, Nick Altin, and Paul Lewis all ran well, with Altin getting a grand final appointment.
At Wollongong Paul Lewis and Nick Altin were awarded finals games after a couple of long days running around.
The tournaments at Cootamundra and Yass saw some scorching temperatures, but the referees mustered top performances.
Now the coaches are looking forward to the junior state cup at Wagga Wagga in late February.
Junior state cup will be at Wagga for the next three years, and they will be attended by a few teams from Griffith.
Then in March the referees Scarfone, Lane, Altin, and Lewis will be travelling up to Coffs Harbour for a four day national touch league tournament. Paul Lewis said the referees were in for a memorable trip.
“They will be run off their feet, but they will enjoy the experience and will be able to pass on some of the training back to the younger referees coming through the grades at Griffith,” Lewis said.
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