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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerCraig View Post
    Acme Thunderers for me. And always metal. My last one came with a sort of rubberised cover to stop the cold day issues, but I didn't like it and got rid of it.

    I can't stand lanyards, always use a whistle with a finger grip


    That would be a fine down here.

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    What, for being too much like your Aussie Rules brethren ?

    I was given a Thunderer with lanyard by my society when I joined but ended up giving it to my son when he started refereeing this year. Then he joioned the society and was given his own.

    I just can't get the hang of having to physically hold the whistle in my fingers

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerCraig View Post
    What, for being too much like your Aussie Rules brethren ?

    I was given a Thunderer with lanyard by my society when I joined but ended up giving it to my son when he started refereeing this year. Then he joioned the society and was given his own.

    I just can't get the hang of having to physically hold the whistle in my fingers
    Do you get good tone variations? If so - How? (AFL refs have 1 tone - and just blow harder and/or longer and that's all)
    I can see that you'd be able to use your lips and whistle slide in out to get tone - but it must look like you're swollowing the back of your fingers (almost Dr Evil style!)

    I often use combo of thumb/finger placement over pea as well lips to get tone variation...no way I could with those finger grippers!

    (at least you'll look the part at netball too!)
    Tell em it's Law 23 and smile

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    Quote Originally Posted by menace View Post
    Do you get good tone variations? If so - How? (AFL refs have 1 tone - and just blow harder and/or longer and that's all)
    I can see that you'd be able to use your lips and whistle slide in out to get tone - but it must look like you're swollowing the back of your fingers (almost Dr Evil style!)

    (at least you'll look the part at netball too!)
    Never really thought about it. I use lip position, but then change in tone is not really something our coaches and assessors really mention

    Funnily enough, as my daughter is 5 years older than my son I have spent a lot of time at netball - as a coach and as an umpire (and as an umpire coach)

    In fact a couple of years ago I think I would have set a world record as I :

    Refereed at Rugby State Championships
    Refereed a Rugby grand final
    Umpired at Netball State Championships
    Umpired a Netball grand final

    Have also coached premiership winning teams in both netball and rugby

    (and I'm also a cricket coach and umpire)

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    Tigercraig,
    Do you have any time to work or talk to your wife?

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    With suitable finger placement on the Thunderer's vent and a bit of practice you (I) can get the first few notes of "Tom Hark" out of it!

    Enjoy Pan's People kids!

    "Big beautiful Babs - no idea what her name is" - Norman Stanley Fletcher

    It's like a big tide of jam coming towards us, but jam made out of old women......Father Dougal McGuire 1998

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    Acme Thunderer every time. Hampshire kit officer Deeps only sells the Acme Thunderer to our members, and l think it is the standard issue at RFU ELRA courses.

    As an Assessor I am looking to hear clear whistle tones, differential tomes, etc for different aspects of the match - kick off, scrum, FK, PK, break up 'handbags', try, conversion, etc - I should be able to turn my back and just by whistle tones what is happening.

    Whistle tones, with signal, body language, and verbals are all key elements of successful management & communication.

    I cringe when I hear a wendyball whistle on neighbouring pitches.

    All of the SW Group Referees use a Thunderer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldman View Post
    Tigercraig,
    Do you have any time to work or talk to your wife?
    Did I mention I also play cricket and lawn bowls as well as Golden Oldies rugby (and am Treasurer of the rugby club)

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    did he mention that his divorce case appears before the court in march... to coincide with the 2 week window of change from cricket to football in Aus!
    Tell em it's Law 23 and smile

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Lifeson-Peart View Post
    With suitable finger placement on the Thunderer's vent and a bit of practice you (I) can get the first few notes of "Tom Hark" out of it!

    Enjoy Pan's People kids! "Big beautiful Babs - no idea what her name is" - Norman Stanley Fletcher
    LLP - made my day. Thank you.

    History of Pans people http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ25f...eature=related

    Five minute tribute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDIzTL8XuCM

    And these are some of my favourite Pan's People routines :

    Barry Blue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri59vTPDEQQ

    Fancy Pants (the original) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poEK_...eature=related

    The Hustle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcXHx...eature=related

    Barbados http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_nUyfjIHQg

    Mike Oldfield http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVR4q...eature=related

    and the first one I ever remember - Norman Greenbaum's Spirit in The Sky (1970)

    PS LLP - Babs these days does keep fit and aerobic-type classes around the West Wilshire area (Didds may know where ).

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