A TIME TO MEET
SOCIETY AGM THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
The NCRRS Annual General Meeting will be held at the Golden Gate clubhouse this Saturday, beginning at 10 AM and lasting probably until 3 PM.
The ‘beep test’ will be offered at 9 AM for those who would like to see where they fall on the fitness curve. This is a requirement if you hope to make the B panel (or above).
Morning refreshments will be available at 9:30. Plan to arrive then, and if there are traffic delays you’ll still be on time.
This is also a year for elections. Every other year we elect a five-member Board of Directors, who in turn select the president of the society.
The incumbent president is standing down after 14 years, so there is a seat open for those who might be interested in helping to further the best referee society around.
Our Society has had only four presidents in almost forty years. We’ve been blessed with hard-working volunteers. Now is the time to step up if you’d like to give back to rugby and refereeing in this way.
CONCUSSIONS FORGET TO GO AWAY
If in doubt, sit it out – that’s the latest advice from the IRB medical folks.
RUGBY GAMES DON’T ASSIGN THEMSELVES
Pete Smith tries to assign our matches, but he needs the raw materials to do so.
As an example, go to www.Pelicanrefs.com and click on Assignments. For November 23 you’ll see a need for about 15 refs and only four listed as available. We don’t query each potential referee about each weekend: there are several score referees that would need to be asked.
Consider this your query: can you referee November 23, and 30, and December 7 and 14? If you can, let Pete know: me
Then, come December, start thinking about January.
Stanford hosted two Sevens tournaments this past Saturday, national qualifiers for women’s and men’s teams, the men’s event doubling as a conference championship. There were eight teams in each tournament, with 40 games in toto.
Cal won the women’s qualifier, their second such victory, over Stanford. The automatic bid then falls to Stanford.
San Jose State won the men’s Pacific Western 7s Championship. They will also be making the trip with the Cal and Stanford women and the St. Mary’s men to the national finals in North Carolina November 23-24.
We had a dozen Pelicanrefs on hand at one point or another during the course of the day, all privileged to work with good teams and players at a well-organized event.
As a bonus, as the final game ended the Eagles were leading the New Zealand Maori at halftime, live on the bigscreen in the clubhouse. It was as close to a famous victory as the Eagles have come since they almost beat Fiji in a world cup way back when – 2003?
ALSO NOVEMBER 9TH
D3 Pre-season friendly
SF FOG 34 – Mendocino 10 Referee: Preston Gordon
30 minutes of tens following that
USF 80 – SF Fog 0 Ref: Gordon
DOES IT LIVE?
The Modesto Harlots hosted a round-robin of games at a lovely venue in Ripon on November 2. The centerpiece was a veterans game featuring several generations of Harlots filling out both teams.
Life West was the dominant team on the day, the chiropractic school in Hayward being well-organized and well-coached by Dr. Tez Molloy.
One team that was expected scrubbed at the last minute. Bits and pieces of other teams appeared.
Jerseys were mixed and matched and rugby proceeded apace.
Glimpses of the other world were seen that day, the day after All Saints Day. As a result, it is believed that the Harlot spirit remains abroad in the rugby world, and that a re-animated Harlot Fest will once again bestride the Earth next year.
CIPP REGISTRATION DUE FOR 2013-14 SEASONS
Go to USARugby.org and renew your CIPP membership for 2014. You’ll need to print out the liability waiver to send to our treasurer, Jim Crenshaw, when you send in your $10 annual Society dues, even though it doesn’t give you an apparent print option.
Click REGISTER which is over to the right, near the top.
Click on Unions
Scroll down and click on Former Pacific Coast Union
Click on Northern California
Scroll down to Northern California Rugby Referee Society and click on REGISTER.
Print out the waiver, sign it, and mail it along with $10 dues to:
c/o Delta Supply
1248 East Oak Avenue, #D
Woodland, CA 95776
LEVEL ONE REFEREE COURSES
Saturday, December 7, at Bellarmine in San Jose
Saturday, January 11, in Dixon
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Blast from the past: Donal Walsh in his salad days. Anyone recognize any of the players, or even which team?
Thanks to Matt Eason for trolling Facebook to procure this picture.
For the Senate