Whitby trio set to officiate at county final

WHITBY Rugby Club has been given the prestigious honour of hosting the North Yorkshire Trophy final for the first time – and the three match officials are all from the town.

Paul Garbutt, a former Maroons player until having to retire due to a knee replacement, will referee Sunday’s match between Middlesbrough and Selby.

Paul, a member of the Yorkshire Society of Referees, will be assisted by touch judges Pete Stentiford and Daryl Grason of Whitby Rugby Club, whose first team clinched promotion this season to the Durham and Northumberland League second division.

It is a busy weekend at the Showfield as tomorrow, the club is hosting a 10s tournament as part of its 60th anniversary, with eight other teams playing.

Players should meet at 11.30am with the action getting under way at 12.30pm.

And the accolades keep coming as Whitby was voted the Most Hospitable Club in North Yorkshire in 2010 by the Yorkshire Society of Referees.

The players’ end of season dinner is on Friday 13 May with ex-Scotland international Doddy Weir the guest speaker. Put your names on the board if interested in going.