FROM THE REFEREES MOUTH…

first_imgFrom the referees corner… A word from the mouth of South African Zibi Ferreira here for his first International Tournament as a referee (please note this is not a picture of Zibi, but another referee attending the Youth World Cup.) Q: What are your impressions of the tournament so far Zibi? A: “The organisation is huge behind an event such as this, I never realised how big it is. This includes the organisation behind the referees, which is huge. I have also found the tournament and the referees to be extremely professional in the way the referees behave. I have learnt not to be late for a game or late for the bus, you get laughed at!” Q: In what ways is this experience different to tournaments and refereeing in South Africa? A: “Everyone knows what to do and what happens, they are disciplined and organised in getting everything set up, the team meetings, communication and support is awesome. Everyone is very focused, they have a job to do and they want to do it well.” *Please note it has taken Zibi a little while to realise he is not allowed to stroll across the fields when a game is happening, despite the fact he is wearing a referees uniform! Q: What is the atmosphere like amongst the referees? A: “The team support and atmosphere is very positive and enjoyable. Everyone’s supportive, despite the fact that we are from different nations. We’re a team, just like the players that are here competing and I am enjoying meeting so many people and making so many friends.” “Also, despite the fact we are competing for place to referee the finals, there is still such a camaraderie between everyone.” “The coaching that I receive before, during and after the games from people like Jenny Madders is excellent. It is very beneficial for me because I don’t have the same experience or knowledge and we are trying to develop this in South Africa. I want to be as focused and determined as they all are.” Q: What are you going to take back to Touch in South Africa after this experience? A: “I think that from where I came from in South Africa to here, it’s chalk and cheese, there’s so much difference, so much input for the referees. I need to take it in and work on it. It certainly just doesn’t come naturally, I need to keep working very hard after this tournament.” “The games here are so much tougher, faster, intense and more skilful. The Womens and the Mixed are even more so than our Super League back in South Africa. So not only do I take back the experience of this but I also go back 10 kilos lighter after working so hard!” By Rachel Moyle and Zibi Ferreira LINKS: Youth World Cup stories will be on the homepage, www.austouch.com.au as well as archived under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the homepage. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. For other Youth World Cup stories check out the Federation of International Touch site using the following link: FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL TOUCH For all the latest results check out the SportingPulse site using the following link:SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGElast_img

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