Harrigan to ref Casino v USA
By STEVE SPINKS
'HOLLYWOOD' will be refereeing the United States of America's emerging Tomahawks when they take on the Casino RSM Cougars at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, on February 1.
No, it won't be a Hollywood star from Los Angeles making the tough calls in the middle, but former top line National Rugby League referee Bill 'Hollywood' Harrigan.
Harrigan, who retired from professional refereeing in 2003, was seen at Coffs Harbour at the weekend playing for the Barbarians side in the International Sevens tournament.
The coup was organised through Stuart George who is a friend of Harrigan.
The Casino businessman, who is a supporter of the Cougars, rang him for a favour and the rest is history.
"It will be a buzz for the boys for sure," Cougars' committeeman Dale Caldwell said.
"I'm pretty sure that none of them will want to be sent off by him so I don't think there'll be any problems.
"It'll be a big 10 metres."
Harrigan is being flown to the area by Rex Airlines, while the Casino RSM Club is providing accommodation.
In other news, the Cougars have signed an English forward for the 2005 season.
Andy Jarrett plays for the Featherstone Roves in their first division team, which is one division down from the English Super League.
He is a teammate of Adam Hayes, who spent a year in Casino in 2003.
Hayes recommended Jarrett to his old club.
Former Cougars forward Clinton Torrens is another new signing for the club.
The match between the Tomahawks and Casino will kick-off at 6.30pm and the cost of entry will be $3.
The curtain-raiser will be between the Tweed Seagulls and the Casino Under-16s.
Full bar and canteen facilities will be available, not to mention a touch of Hollywood.