Pratt gets back in touch ahead of league season start
AS THE rugby league season nears, referee Mitch Pratt is training hard to get match fit to stay in touch with the games.
Pratt signed up to play for Murgon's Mighty Ducks in the Kingaroy touch football competition on Monday nights to get him into shape fast.
"That's why I play - to get fit," Pratt said.
"(As well as touch) I train twice a week and do PT."
With more than six years experience as a referee, Pratt knows full well the importance fitness plays in officiating 80 minutes of rugby league.
Touch became the perfect pre-season training for Pratt after he was unable to play cricket following an operation to remove pins from his arm, which he broke as a child.
It was this injury which incidentally prevented Pratt from playing rugby league.
Instead of letting the sport go entirely, Pratt said he wanted to become a referee to stay in touch with his mates on the field and the South Burnett competition.
With little pre-season training, Pratt said it would be hard to get on the field.
He put his fitness and refereeing skills to the test at Gayndah U14 and U16 rugby league trials at the weekend.