Dillon takes charge on the field
RUGBY LEAGUE: As the photo shows, Dillon Bartlett is taking a new direction in his rugby league.
The teenager was touted as one of the best and most fair officials at the recent Under-11 Queensland State Primary School Champion- ships in Bundaberg.
Queensland Referees Association president for Gladstone Cameron Shearer said Bartlett's progression was noted.
"We were very pleased with how he went and he was appointed to referee the grand final,” Shearer said.
"He was picked as the top referee of the carnival and they are the ones who get chosen to referee in the grand final.”
Shearer said Dillon had a good preparation for the championships.
"He also was referee at the U13, U14 and U16 Capras trials and also used the Jason Hetherington Cup last year as a stepping stone,” he said.
So does being a player helps with being a referee?
Shearer said being a player was an advantage in refereeing.
"He plays for Valleys and has also made representative teams and if a referee has played, this helps them to pick up the flow of the game,” he said.
"There are referees who haven't played the game and it takes time for them to get into the flow of the game.”
Shearer was not at the championships but the NRL referee development officer was.
"He was glowing in his praises and Dillon has done the association and Gladstone proud,” he said.
Shearer said Dillon's case was an example of dedication andof other roles in the NRL.
"If the guys are not motivated or committed, then they won't make it,” he said.
"You need to be fit.”
Focus now turns to the local games.
"All of the carnivals are finished for the year and now we look forward to local finals coming up and that's where the guys' focus will be,” Shearer said.
Most referees were male, and Shearer said females were slowly becoming involved in refereeing.
"We have two females who started this season and they are Carmen Longmuir and Emily Hall,” he said.
Meanwhile the Gladstone Junior Rugby League competition resumes this Friday night and Saturday morning.
Refer to the Gladstone Junior Rugby League Facebook site for details.