TRU Men's Round 3 Wrap: Referee makes history in Hobart Lions' big win

Tue, May 14, 2024, 3:00 AM
TAS Rugby
by TAS Rugby

One of Tasmania’s top rugby talents has broken ground as the first woman to referee a premier grade men’s fixture.

Georgia Stewart, a three-time premiership winner with University, switched to refereeing last year and made her officiating debut during last weekend’s clash between Eastern Suburbs and Hobart Lions.

Stewart, who also represented University of Melbourne in the now-defunct Aon Sevens tournament, says refereeing has helped her “learn about the game through an entirely new lens”.

“It’s a really fun way to stay involved with the game when you want to take a step back from playing,” Stewart said.

“The thing I like about it is that it challenges you from an academic perspective as well.

“You learn and develop new skills with applications both on and off the field.”

Stewart oversaw the Lions’ 72-3 win over Easts with Launceston 1, Taroona, Hobart Harlequins, and Devonport also jagging bonus point wins in Round 3 of the TRU Men’s competition.

Quins fullback Mosese Naco shone with four tries in a 48-31 win over Uni while Rickardt Daniell and Taylar Scott-Webb bagged hat-tricks for Lions.

Glenorchy offered stiff resistance against defending premiers Launceston 1 before falling away in a 40-28 loss before Jamie Tanti’s four-try haul anchored Devonport’s 65-12 win in their Coastal Clash with Burnie.

Meanwhile Taroona flexed their muscles in an 82-19 romp over Launceston 2 to extend their lead atop the competition ladder after three weeks.

In further rugby news, Rugby Australia is this week touring the state with clinics to be held in Devonport, Launceston and Hobart.

Further details can be found here.