Teenage ref to keep game in check

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Jayden Bose, a year 10 student at Bruntcliffe Academy, felt the pressure and the glory when he was selected to officiate the year nine Rugby League National Cup match between St John Fisher School, in Dewsbury and St Wilfred School from Blackburn in Lancashire.

Jay wasselected due to his excellent weekly performances as a referee, officiating up to six games a weekend ranging from under nines to under 15s.

Jay has also been a touch judge at National Conference Level, in rugby league from Division Four up to Division One.

Jay produced an excellent performance when officiating this highly important match for both schools.

The game was tightly contested as it went to golden point to decide which school went through to the semi-final.

The score finished 28-29 to the away team of St Wilfred’s,

with Jay feeling exhausted after a tightly fought game. Jay’s crucial decision-making throughout the game meant that supporters of both teams left satisfied.

“The referee kept the pace of the game going exceptionally well and made great decisions. He is a credit to the game,” was the comment of one spectator.

Jay is not only an expert referee he is also skilled in the game himself, playing centre for his home club of Dewsbury Celtic. Jay only took up officiating 18 months ago and he is now a sought-after referee.

Staff and students at Bruntcliffe Academy are extremely proud of Jay’s achievement. PE teacher Richard Burgess said: “Jay is a talented young man who has a great future ahead of him in the world of sport. We wish him every success.”