Refereeing a family act for the Norrises

by admin on July 13th, 2018

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ENJOYMENT: Father and daughter, Daniel and Verity Norris, after officiating together at a recent Herald Women’s Premier League round. Picture: Jeff Keating.
Nanjing Night Net

“Who would want to be a referee?”

It is a question you often hear in sporting circles and that is because officiating comes with its pitfalls.

Thereisthe “ugly” side of being a referee –the abuse that is sometimes directed their way from players, coaches and supporters.

Such is the problemthat there are now dedicated Referee Recognition Weekends in various sports.

This yeara new rule has also come into play that National Premier League first-grade teams willbe docked competition points if their teams -from under-13s to the top grade –are involved in three incidents of serious referee abuse during a season.

But none of that has deterred one Hamilton family.

Daniel Norris has been a football referee since he was a teenager.And nowthe 42-year-old has two teenage daughters working their way up the local ranks of officialdom as well.

According to Norris, his daughters Verity, 16, and Maxine, 13, “are the most dedicated referees”.

“They train three nights a week and referee all weekend,” he said.

But a love for refereeingwas not always the case for the two teenagers.

SISTER ACT: Verity Norris, 16, and younger sister Maxine, 13, are rising through the referee ranks in Northern NSW. Picture: Jeff Keating.

When Norris decided to get back into refereeingaround five years ago andstarted “dragging” his daughters to football they hated it.

It wasa shortage of referees one day that prompted him to tell the girls to,“Grab a flag each and run the line”.

Verity was at first horrified but found the more she did the more she liked it.

“Asmuch as I tried to be stubborn, I actually fell in love with the game and I can’t thank him enough,” she said.“My life ambition now is to become a World Cup referee, to become a full-time referee.”

The Hunter School Of ThePerforming Arts student is already refereeing beyond her years and has just returned fromofficiating at the international Kanga Cup in Canberra.

“It has given me a lot of confidence,” she said.

“You have got to have a thick skin because you have your ups and downs; it’s not always a fairy tale but it is very rewarding and all of the positives add up.”

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