Sunday, 18 May 2014

Today I attended a foundation (coach & referee) course at Eltham Rugby.

An incredibly educational day where Nic Henderson and Marika Vertzonis brought me and other fellow 30 odd participants on a journey in the inside of rugby rules.
It doesn't matter how may years you have played, how many games you had watched on TV or at an obscure ground in the burbs, the technique evolves, with it the rules, the styles and approaches to the game.
After an afternoon of basic technique for all, we split in two groups in the arvo to deepen into coaching or refereeing. I choose the latter, a reminder of my days in a black jacket on the soccer pitches of Italy and a way to espy my sins on the sideline and on the keyboard.
Nic and Marika's first hand experience and teaching were great and being back on a pitch getting tackles, tackling or just having the egg in my arms was wonderful, even being, for the first, and most likely last time, in the front row of a scum was a pleasant experience.
I left with a lot of new knowledge and the firm belief that such days should be compulsory for everyone who wants to attend rugby games.
Thanks to the Melbourne Rebels, Victoria Rugby, Victoria Referee Association and Eltham Rugby Club for organising the day.
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