Game officials quietly go about their business and try their best to blend into the background. That’s why as players took to the ice at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium on Saturday 4th May, a milestone quietly took place that most people within the stadium would not have realised. The game referee, Joe Mayer, was officiating his 100th AIHL game.
Joe commenced his AIHL officiating career as a Linesman in 2010 and progressed to Referee in 2013. Throughout his career thus far, Joe has officiated 30 games as a Linesman and 70 games as a referee. Joe has officiated in the AIHL Finals Series in 2014 and 2015, both times as a Linesman, and officiated the Goodall Cup (AIHL Grand Final) in 2014 and 2015 as a Linesman.
Joe is a mainstay of the officiating team in Sydney despite the pressure of officiating in the top league in the country.