Referee is off to Canberra
HIS old team-mates might accuse him of crossing to the dark side, but former Bundaberg Bulls campaigner Scott Muldoon has proven to be a dab hand with the referee's whistle.
Muldoon, 20, is one of three referees in Queensland to be selected to umpire at the upcoming National Basketball Championships in Canberra.
Muldoon impressed officials this season with responsible and fair adjudication of central Queensland pool matches but said plenty of people in the Bulls' members' bar would disagree with his selection.
“Copping abuse comes with the territory, so you learn to develop a thick skin pretty quickly,” he said.
“I've heard it all. They tell me I need glasses, they ask me whether I'm blind, and they remind me it's a basketball game, not netball.”
Muldoon will leave for the national championships late next month and plans to brush up on his refereeing skills in preparation.
“It's like anything,” he said. “There are thousands and thousands of rules and you need to know where to be on the court to do your job properly, so it takes practise.”
With only two games left in the Queensland Basketball League before play-offs, Muldoon will train under referee coach Terry Dougherty in preparation for the tournament.
“You've got to try to keep your skills fresh, so I'll be doing whatever I can to make sure I'm on point when I get up there,” he said.
“It's a big honour, so I want to make sure I impress.”
His brother Justin, 17, is following in his footsteps and has been selected to referee at the Open Schoolboys' Championships in Darwin.