HARRIGAN - Is like the matches he once controlled: fast-paced, free flowing and extremely memorable.
Whilst most people have an opinion on Bill Harrigan, arguably Australia’s finest sporting official, very few people really know him.
Although now retired Bill has been acknowledged as Rugby League’s best ever referee, he has a profile equal to the major players. It was once quoted in a magazine ‘Rugby League Week’ the four most prominent names in rugby league at the time were Brad Fittler, Andrew Johns, Gordon Tallis and Bill Harrigan. Having refereed a record number of Grand Finals, State of Origin, Test matches and first grade games he has been part of the most spectatular matches in rugby league history. Bill has seen the games best players up close -often in his face. But there is more to Bill Harrigan than the game.
From growing up in Sydneys western suburbs to dealing with hardened criminals and life threatening situations as an elite police officer with the tactical response group and special weapons and operations squad, he has seen the best and the worst life has to offer.
Upon retiring Bill spent twelve months in a ground breaking move with the Sydney City Roosters as a consultant. In season 2005 he returned to his current position with the NRL as a referees consultant. and spends the rest of his time as the Tournament Director of Australian Oztag as well as his many media commitments.
A family man of more complexity and sensitivity than the figure often presented in the media. he is a two time winner of the prestigious ‘Official of the Year” at the Australian Sports Awards and a best selling author with his autobiography ‘HARRIGAN’, here is your chance to get to know the real Bill Harrigan. Allow Bill to captivate you with his on field stories and motivate with his determination and commitment to be the best.
Unafraid of controversy and determined to speak the truth, he is just as much a character off the field as he was on.
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