Ben Thaler gives honest assessment on retiring Super League refereeing duo

Ben Thaler has had a good word to say about retiring refereeing duo Gareth Hewer and Tony Martin.

Gareth Hewer has been a familiar and respected official since he joined the Grade 1 list for the 2004 season, having emerged through the community game in his native Cumbria.

His numerous big match appointments included the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in 2016 – when Hull FC beat Warrington Wolves 12-10.

Gareth, who turned 40 last month, advised the RFL earlier this year that he would be stepping down from regular officiating at the end of the season because of a change to his shift patterns at Sellafield – although he will continue in a key role assisting in the development of match officials in Cumbria.

Tony Martin’s involvement with dozens of major matches has been as a touch judge – including the 2000 World Cup Final at Old Trafford, five Challenge Cup Finals between 2001-10, and 10 Super League Grand Finals between 2000-15.

He was a regular throughout the first 25 seasons of the Super League from 1996-2020 before stepping aside quietly at the end of last season at the age of 65.

And, now Thaler has given his congratulations to both for their services:

“Congratulations to two of my closest friends on their outstanding careers, it’s been an honour to work with you both I shall miss the crowds shouting “ME TO YOU” “CHUCKLE CHUCKLE GIVE US A WAVE” and “THERES ONLY ONE TONY MARTIN” when warming up prior to kick off! #respect

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John
4 days ago

CANT you retire with them thaler you made 11.000 fc supporters I’ll everytime you refereed us and the 24 points you robbed us of against kr
You remind me of an old washer woman from last of the summer wine yap yell card. Yap yells card yap yap yap ive been involved in coaching playing refereeing physio
Never seen a boy like you in rl sorry one ganson is he your dad