Mander calls it quits

Tim Mander has today announced his retirement from refereeing but will remain with the NRL in 2006 as a video referee.

The 44-year-old has refereed the last two NRL Grand Finals and was named the Referee of the Year in the 2005 Golden Boot awards. Mander said he was ready to focus on his career in Christian ministry as well as remaining close to the game of rugby league.