first_imgNew Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire created NTL history when he became the first CEO to referee at National Touch League level when he donned the white uniform and long socks and took to the BCU Sports Stadium in the opening round of the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament.Mr. Maguire, a level three referee, took up the refereeing challenge after a conversation with the Federation of International Touch Director of Referees and Touch Football Australia National Referee Panel member Ian Matthews about the issues facing referees at representative level.Flanked by level 6 referee Sharon Foster and level 5 referee John Turnbull, the former Australian Men’s 30 Years World Cup representative acquitted himself well according to Ian Matthews.“Colm’s playing background has certainly stood him in good stead and he understands what players are looking for from the referee. He is going really well and it’s a good to see him put himself out there to gain a measure of what it is to referee at this level.” Mr. Matthews said.Mr. Maguire enjoyed his time in the middle and at half time took the opportunity to reflect on the experience.“It was a lot of fun out there I enjoyed it. I really wanted to show the referee fraternity that they have TFA’s support and that if we can help out in any way we will. There were only a few good-natured sledges out there, so hopefully I did a competent job. It was all in good fun and I’d do it again if required, I’m happy to assist in any capacity and in any way possible. The referee arm is one of the most organized and hardworking and close-knit in our sport and it was great to work on the ground and make a tangible contribution. ” Mr. Maguire said.Former CEO of the Australian Touch Association Bill Kerr, is a Level 5 Referee who officiated in numerous tournaments during his time in the top job including the National Club/Teams Championships, so the tradition of CEO’s lending a hand to the refereeing arm continues with Mr. Maguire’s appearance in white on the infield this morning.The referees will work their way through 197 games over the next four days, with Dave Baggio, Damien Carlson, Jillian Donoghue, Luke McKenzie, Phil Morabito, and Karen Woods being elevated to super fitness status after backing up from a punishing Open and 20 Years schedule earlier in the week to clock up eight days of high-level refereeing over the 2007 National Touch League.last_img