At the age of 72, Tony Newsome will referee his final Big V games this weekend.

This weekend marks more than just the end of the regular Big V season for 2019 – it also marks Tony Newsome’s final Big V games as a referee.

Now 72, Newsome began refereeing at the Chelsea Basketball Association in 1980, obtaining his A grade in 1984 from the legendary Les Dick.

Around 1986 he transferred to Frankston Basketball Association and refereed there until 2012.  He remains a Life Member of the Frankston VBRA Branch today.

In 2012 Newsome joined Southern Peninsula Basketball Association, where he currently still referees today.

Deciding to share his skills and experience with the wider community, in 2016 Newsome obtained his Grade 2 Referee Coaching qualifications.  Currently he referee coaches at BVC events, as well as assists Murray Sydenham at Southern Peninsula.

Newsome is also very active in refereeing Masters basketball, having refereed at the past five Pan Pacific Masters Games, the past four Australian Masters Games, the past two Alice Springs Masters Games, and the World Masters Games in New Zealand in 2017.

Newsome has also refereed the past four South Sudanese National Basketball Association Annual Championships, as well as the Australian University Games, and the Combined Defence Force Games.

Newsome now plans to expand his referee coaching to VJBL and Big V level.

To have refereed at an elite level for so long and at the age of 72 is truly an outstanding achievement, and hence we are asking everyone involved to celebrate Newsome’s final Big V games this weekend:

Saturday 27 July – Somerville Recreation Centre – YL2M – Western Port v Wallan

Sunday 28 July – Patterson River Stadium – YL2W – Chelsea v Frankston

Thank you for your contribution to Big V Tony, and we look forward to you continuing to coach and mentor the next generation of Big V referees!