Hall of Fame – Noel Bissett


Noel Bissett OAM was the first
Canberra based ref to control a New South Wales rugby league match and he was a
pioneer of the video referee system. He controlled international matches, refereed 275 local first grade games, 104 NSW rugby league matches, and
a record 11 grand finals. As referees coach he revolutionised local refereeing
ranks, introducing coaching and training while compiling the first-ever training
manual. Noel served on the Canberra Region Rugby League Committee from 1995 to 2005, becoming chairman in 2006, a position from which he retires in 2018. He’s been
awarded the New South Wales Rugby League Dennis Braybrook Memorial Award for
services to the game, with local referees awarded the Noel Bissett trophy for most
outstanding referee, and the Noel Bissett medal for the controlling referee of the
local 1st Grade grand final. The extent of Noel’s contribution is reflected
through his five life memberships, including to the Raiders and the
Canberra, NSW and Australian Rugby League Referees Association and
now his induction into the ACTEW AGL ACT Sport Hall of Fame.

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