SPECIAL NIGHT: Cameron Shearer with 100 years of league life member referee Eric Waldron. The awards night will be held at The Grand Hotel on October 5.
SPECIAL NIGHT: Cameron Shearer with 100 years of league life member referee Eric Waldron. The awards night will be held at The Grand Hotel on October 5. Matt Taylor GLA310818REFS

Without refs there are no games and they will be rewarded

RUGBY LEAGUE: There will be many recapped memories told in the upcoming Gladstone Rugby League Referees Association reunion function in celebration of 100 years of Rugby League in Gladstone on October 5.

Of the many who will be in attendance is respected referee and former player Eric Waldron who started as a whistle-blower back in 2003.

"Why did I get involved? I Love footy and I couldn't play any more so I actually was referee in touch but did a weekend course (league referee) and it started from there," he said.

"I started refereeing juniors as everyone does to the senior side of things and then got involved in the association on the committee."

Waldron was also the president in 2009 and he completed a referee coaches course six years ago.

His playing career is extensive and played bush footy in Toowoomba, Roma, Townsville and Gladstone Valleys, but said one of his high points was during Gladstone's boom.

"Probably the highlights was refereeing A-grade four or five years ago when the league here was really, really strong during the boom," Waldron said.

Now he assesses referees who officiate Intrust Super Cup games.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Gladstone Rugby League annual awards dinner.

Gladstone Rugby League Referees Association president Cameron Shearer said people can book for the night before September 21.

Bookings can be made by email on gladstonelra@gmail.com or to ring secretary Carmen Longmuir on 0448886865.