Group 19 referees end their strike

THE Group 19 Referees’ Association has ended a strike and promised no more for the season after a meeting on Tuesday night with the Group.

The referees were after greater transparency in decision-making and for the judiciary to clarify judiciary proceedings, following a judiciary decision regarding two Tingha U18s.

The two boys’ cases were not seen by the judiciary after it was ruled the referee’s form was outdated.

A week of drama ended with referees’ boss Charlie Kiehne calling a strike last weekend.

They did supply officials to the Goondiwindi and Boomerangs game as it was part of a state schools carnival in Queensland.

Group president Mick Lewis said  football was resuming this weekend and there would be no further strikes this season.

“A standard level of documentation was agreed on and they wanted more consistency and transparency in judicial decisions,” Lewis said.

“There was some plain speaking and both parties were honest and forthright.

“We agreed that games will be played all season and left on good terms.”

The missed games will push the regular season back a week, although the final may be on the same day.

This season’s program has the minor and major semi-finals played on separate weekends.

“We are looking at playing those two semis on the same day and keeping the final date,” Lewis said.

“That is just one idea and nothing was decided because all the clubs weren’t present.”

Group 19 will resume with a great round of match-ups in round 11.

The Boomerangs will host third- placed Inverell, while Armidale will go north to Goondiwindi.

Ashford was hot before the break and will be hoping to continue that when it hosts Moree, while Tingha will be in Uralla.


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