Loss for refs
By MITCHELL DALE
THE tragic death of 17-year-old Nicholas Alexandrou has reverberated around local rugby league circles, with the Group 2 Referee's Association losing one their most promising whistle-blowers.
Alexandrou, who was killed in a car accident on the Pacific Highway at Emerald Beach early Friday morning, had recently joined Group 2 RA and impressed many with his work-ethic and personality.
One minute's silence was held for Alexandrou at all senior rugby league matches over the weekend and Group 2 RA president Dave Dunn yesterday paid tribute to him as both a person and referee.
"Nicholas had a lot of potential as a referee," Dunn said.
"He only became a member six weeks ago after his family moved up here and he would have been a very good asset to our ranks.
"Unfortunately, he was never able to live up to that potential."
Alexandrou left a strong impression on Dunn.
"Nicholas was very well-mannered and well-liked," Dunn said.
"He was well-presented as a referee and an individual and was very highly regarded."
Dunn says the loss of such a promising referee couldn't come at a worse time for the Association, which is crying out for talented match officials.
"We are urging all former referees or new ones to put their hands up," he said. "So to lose someone like Nicholas is very sad for us, let along his family."