TRY SIGNAL: Carmen Longmuir with sons Blair and Dylan have progressed as rugby league referees. Alongside them is Cameron Shearer.
TRY SIGNAL: Carmen Longmuir with sons Blair and Dylan have progressed as rugby league referees. Alongside them is Cameron Shearer. Nick Kossatch GLA060317LEAGUEREF

It's a family affair for these referees

RUGBY LEAGUE: It's a family affair down at the Tannum Sands Seagulls Rugby League Club.

Carmen Longmuir and her two sons Blair and Dylan will be officiating rugby league matches during this season.

And for Blair, 14 and 13-year-old Dylan, it's a string to their bow because both are talented league players and will be trialling to try to get selected in the Raiders' under-15 and U14 squads.

"Blair started refereeing last year and he was at the age to start doing that," Longmuir said.

"Being at the footy club all day, I was picking up on the things he wasn't doing right and so we decided to do refereeing courses.

"Andrew Neven is the vice-president of the Gladstone Referee Association and he asked if I'd be interested to do some of the courses," Longmuir said.

The course involved 10 modules that had to be completed online.

"Then we had to do five modules face-to-face and some of which were under match simulation where the refs coach would ask you questions when you are under fatigue," Longmuir said.

"You really have to think quickly on your feet and have a quick reaction time as well as being confident and not second guessing."

Longmuir said she officiated at the recent Nines competition in Rockhampton and grew comfortable with the role.

"I did U10 and U11 games and in the first game I froze at first, but a coach directed me on where to position myself and later did another game where I felt more confident," she said.

President of the GRA Cameron Shearer said the trio are progressing well and the addition of another female in the game is a boost.

"It's great to have another female and she is the second one behind Prue Maeyke," Shearer said.

"It's great because of how women's rugby league is growing."

Shearer said the pathways are there.

"There are plenty of pathways at the QRL and NRL level," he said.



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