RUGBY LEAGUE: The Sunshine Coast whistleblower set to take control of his first Intrust Super Cup grand final expects fireworks in the opening quarter between Redcliffe and Burleigh on Sunday.
Peter Gough, 28, who earlier this year made his NRL debut as a pocket referee between grand final aspirants Canberra and Cronulla, was told on Tuesday he would be taking the lead role in the big dance.
Although the Sunshine Coast Falcons won't feature at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday (2.30pm) after falling short against the Dolphins last weekend, Gough believes fans can expect a bumper game.
While tickled-pink to be given the gig, Gough said he would prepare for the game like any other and thinks his influence shouldn't be required early.
"I imagine they'll come out very physical in the fist 10-15 minutes and feel each other out and try to get on top if they can,” Gough said.
"Once they get that out of their system it should drop back into a grinding game.”
Gough isn't one to get bogged down in pre-game videos or playing the game over in his head.
"I'll probably have a little chat to me assistant referee on Friday or Saturday,” he said.
"That's the way I go about it, with a clear mind. I know other guys in the NRL and Q-Cup who will look at vision during the week. I've always been one to have just a little look at a little chat to whoever's (refereed) them in the past.”
Gough moved to the Sunshine Coast when he was 17 and now resides in Sydney where he is a full-time NRL contracted referee.
He credits much of his success to the sink-or-swim opportunities given to him by referees' mentor Richard Johnston, who also lives on the Coast.
The region has become a hub for refereeing talent in recent years, with former Kawana player Tyson Brough also refereeing at ISC level.
Johnston earlier this year named NRL Rookie contestant and son of Origin great Dale Shearer, Jackson, as the brightest young referee to watch.
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