Harrigan expects warm Legends welcome
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
LEGENDARY referee Bill Harrigan is expecting a warm Gladstone welcome when he controls this month's Anzac Legends clash at Marley Brown Oval.
Harrigan, who is regarded as one of rugby league's best referees, is excited about looking after the traditional rivals in the February 25 match-up.
'I can't wait to head up there (to Gladstone), it promises to be a very exciting match,'' Harrigan said.
'I have been busy over the last few weeks refereeing some of these legends matches and they always are a lot of fun.'
A veteran of 22 Test matches and 21 State of Origin battles, Harrigan is certainly well-aware what the New Zealand and Australia rivalry entails.
'I was lucky enough to look after a few Trans-Tasman tests and they were more often than not intense games,'' he said.
'Even though the boys will be that bit older, I am sure they are going to have a good crack at each other.''
As for the old chestnut of keeping the teams the 10 metres apart, Harrigan believes any problems won't lie with him.
'Even though I am not as active as I was when I was refereeing, I think I will get back the 10, but I am not sure how the boys playing will go,' he joked.
Harrigan is also looking forward to the entire visit which involves a sportsman's dinner and charity auction along with junior coaching clinics on top of the match.
'I reckon it is going to be a great three days, to be involved in raising money for charity while having a good time in the process is great,' he said.
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