Steve keeps his cool as he moves up referee ranks

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

IT CERTAINLY has been a big couple of weeks for Gladstone's number one rugby league referee Steve Kanowski.

Kanowski's hectic campaign ended in Blackwater on Saturday night where he officiated at the NSW Country and Queensland Rangers interstate clash.

As with every game, there was a touch of controversy at the death after Kanowski disallowed a try to the Rangers.

The man in the middle kept his cool and said there was no doubt the Rangers five-eight Brendon Marshall's length-of-the-field try was in vain.

'There was a double knock-on, there is no doubt about that and both touchies called it as well as I did,' Kanowski said.

Even with the controversy, Kanowski was pleased with his own performance in the middle over the 80 minutes.

'I thought I had a solid game, it was a really old-fashioned game of footy, but I had to call a number of penalties unfortunately.

"To referee a game at that level is a challenge and I was happy with my own performance,'' he said.

The interstate clash was the third major appointment for the local whistleblower in recent weeks.

It started with a match as a touch judge in the Queensland Cup, before his biggest role as the interchange referee for the NRL clash between Brisbane Broncos and Wests Tigers.

'It has definitely been a big few weeks for me, it is great to be part of the game at an elite level.

'I had the best seat in the house for the Broncos and Tigers game, you just don't get it any better,' he said.

As for the future, Kanowski is focused squarely on the rest of the CQ Extended League season.

'It will be good to get back to the Extended League for the rest of the year, that is the focus for me,' he said.



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