Newly badged Tweed District referee Brian Byrnes gets some lessons from referees vice president and big brother Jim.
Newly badged Tweed District referee Brian Byrnes gets some lessons from referees vice president and big brother Jim.

Byrnes boys swell slim ranks of Tweed refs

By TANIA PHILLIPS

MURWILLUMBAH'S Byrnes brothers are a rare breed Tweed District Soccer's referees.

The Tweed District is currently looking for more referees and after almost 40 years of playing Brian Byrnes has answered the call. Although he has refereed plenty of social games and junior matches, Brian only earned his badge last year.

He has joined his older brother Jim as a man in black this season. Jim Byrnes, one of characters of Murwillumbah sport, has been a regular fixture in soccer games on the Tweed for best part of four decades and is also well-known in cricket circles.

Brian said he was also really enjoying refereeing and the challenge of staying fair and even. However the habit of 40 years is proving a little hard to break.

"The ball came past me the other day and I almost kicked it - it would have been a good cross," he said laughing.

The pair said numbers were short currently and some referees were having to back up for both reserves and firsts. Interested referees can phone Ken Mumford on 0412192031 or Darren Sterling on 0266793428.



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