To ref such a mean set of Derby lasses I needed a crack team of Refs to aide me in the coming battle. None other than SWATS own Alex "Tee Hee" McKenna and Viki McKenna stepped up as loyal friends and helpers of the league. PCRG's own Jeddy and Toto Write off also stepped up. From the states we had Jake Phillips, Jess Mooney from Kernow and 2 new Refs Andrew and Clive from SWAT. Including myself this gave us 9 refs for one game. As this was Clive and Andrew's first game Viki and Tee Hee skated as ghost refs, shadowing their game and giving excellent advice throughout.
This left me as Head Referee on the inside rear, Viki with Andrew on the inside front, Jeddy and Mooney on Jammer duty and Toto on the outside with Alex, Jake and Clive. With 9 refs what could go wrong? the answer ... nothing!! The game was well paced, with the skaters finding their feet and building confidence. This allowed for the new refs to really gain some self confidence and watch the game unfold under the warm dragon like wings of their mentors ghosting behind them.
Along with the refs we had PCRG's A-team players as the NSOs and bench coaches. A rowdy bunch at the best of times, this reckless little crowd of no good, downright bad ass girls created quite a stir as they shouted, clarified, updated and tallied their way through the game. Having a pile of penalty wranglers in the middle is always a plus, but with a crowd of spectators even they had trouble hearing the mighty calls of Team Z. Suffice to say, the game flew by, calls were made, confidence grew, skaters went down, disputes were had and Time outs were taken ... all in a days work for Team Z. These friendly mixed Scrimmages are awesome for confidence building and question asking.
My referee philosophy centres on the idea of zero stress = maximum fun and we really created a supportive atmosphere for referees and derby girls alike. Judging by the reports after the game everyone had a blast. Alex set the track up in 15 minutes practically single handed so kudos to you and your track making tool.
From a personal point of view I had a great game. Made some strong calls, felt a little hazy in some areas, but I'm only a baby Z really, still finding my feet. But with the good book under in my hands I was armed with the rightous power of the rules and I felt confident. My call of the night was identifying a destroyed pack, penalising the initiator of the break, and then penalising the appropriate girls for failing to reform. Pack destruction for me is a weaker area so I felt pleased with my call and had it backed up by other refs which is always good for your confidence. Good times.