Refs Call # 03 Noel Kelly, George Piggens, Peter Dimond and Ref Laurie Bruyeres as told by Roy Masters.

REF'S CALL - Is all about stories from or involving the 'Whistleblowers' from the Biff Era.

It is a fun thing as many of the 'Men in Charge' were characters, celebrities or as this old front rower of absolutely no repute considered them an unnecessary evil to spoil all our fun.


From a Roy Masters article in the Sydney Morning Herald, August 6, 2004

Noel Kelly (Western Suburbs Prop), recalling a game against Souths when he hit George Piggins as they were running to a position on the field where Wests' Peter Dimond had also been flattened.

Kelly said: "Referee Laurie Bruyeres asked me what happened as we both stood over Peter and I said Piggins had suffered sunstroke.

"I've forgotten the name of the Souths bloke who hit Peter but I told Laurie, 'If I was you sir, I'd send him off'."

Bruyeres says: "I took the report from the touch judge and told Kelly, 'If he goes, you're going with him."'

Kelly and Bruyeres agree on what happened next.

Kelly says: "I yelled out, 'Peter. He's going to send me off. Quick. Get up."'

As Bruyeres says: "I was never going to send either of them off.



NOTE: If you an old ref that has a fun yarn to tell or were an ex player or just a supporter that remembers an incident... why not share it with us..


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