Sunday 31 May 2020

In memoriam Brett Waterford

1 Nov 1972 - 28 May 2020

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that after months courageously battling illness, Brett has passed away.

Having served as an accredited club assistant referee at Power House Juniors since 2015 (where he also served as the club's Junior Coordinator) Brett undertook the referee's Foundation Course in 2016, and later that season received his accreditation and orange shirt. In 2017, he joined the VRRA Committee as Treasurer, and in 2018 moved to the role of VP Recruitment & Retention. He was then again elected to that position for 2019 and despite his illness he insisted on continuing in the role. It was this spirit of commitment that led him to being awarded the VRRA 2019 Best Clubman Award.

Aside from these formal roles, there was nothing that Brett didn't want to get involved in. A keen supporter of the Saturday Shuffle - he was very happy to cross town for a big breakfast even if it meant sprints with Shannon! Brett was first to volunteer for any tournament rugby. He would be there with not just a flag and whistle but enough sweets to keep everyone going all day or weekend. And his super powered camp chair was always on offer to all.

Brett was a strong supporter of the Victorian rugby youth, actively seeking out opportunities where kids could referee and play, no more so than with his own son Finn. Brett shared his love of all things rugby with Finn supporting him to be a better player and referee.

To read about Brett’s equal immersion in club rugby see this Power House tribute.

In memoriam David Bertram

14 Jan 1938 - 22 May 2020

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that David, a long serving and valued member of both the Victorian rugby and refereeing community, has passed away.

David was completely involved in Victorian Rugby in every capacity. From player to coach, to administrator and supporter, he was immersed in the game at all levels.

David was a member of the VRRA between 1965 and 1967 and continued to referee when needed after this time. When needed? David would often get a call from the appointments officer saying he was appointed to a game.... coincidentally a game he was intending to play in. With the choice of either refereeing the game or the game not going ahead, of course he would referee it for the benefit of his club and teammates.

For a great more detail about David’s playing and coaching roles and influences, please do read this great dialogue shared by the Moorabbin Rams.

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Education meeting for May - Application of U19 law

Join us next Wednesday 20th at 6:30pm ONLINE for our next education session. The session will be about the application of U19 law.

Similar to previous sessions, this is best attended on a computer, a tablet or phone can be used but may limit your participation.

When you join, please be respectful of others by initially muting your microphone and not showing your video immediately. Discussion and sharing may already have commenced.

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