Ethan Jefferson – Blowing Away the Competition

Ethan Jefferson admits he enjoys “a bit of banter” but after struggling to get the rub of the green from rugby referees he became an official himself in Year 9 at St Patrick’s College, Wellington.

The 17 year old has quickly risen through the ranks and is now a Level 2 referee, a level short of officiating Premier rugby.

Last season he refereed a Premier Colts semi-final between Hutt Old Boys Marist and Norths

“It’s important to stick to your guns and have a reason for your decisions. I keep fit which means I stay up with the play and don’t get fatigued which means I make better calls,” he said.

The slow speed and technicalities of the scrum are a challenge for Jefferson but encouraging a “free flowing game” and trying to “stay positive” have increased his respect among players.

“I don’t want to interfere all the time. I’m lucky to have good mentors. David Walsh helps me a lot with the rules and Mr Hudson is a stickler for fitness.”

The ability to focus and flow was evident in the summer when Jefferson was the leading run scorer for the St Pats Town First XI.

“I’ve been in the First XI for three years. We were disappointed to miss the final but were hoping to bounce back in the fourth term.

“Personally it was good to score some runs. I made 127 in the traditional against Silverstream. It was a controlled start and then I took advantage of some good batting conditions at the end.

Against Francis Douglas I made 105 and that was more challenging. The pitch was quite slow and that suited their bowlers who were pretty accurate.”

Town won both fixtures with Jefferson batting at four and also chiming in with right arm medium pace. He was cut from the Wellington Under 19 squad but is a contender to regain his place with increased production and extra motivation.

From Lower Hutt he enjoys spending time with his mates and works for Bunnings where his roles include online orders, stacking shelves, and the long Friday night shift.

-Story Courtesy of College Sport Media