Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month for April 2019 across the zones.
“Match Officials have one of the hardest jobs in sport,” NNSWF Senior Officer Community Football, Ross Hicks said.
“The referees named Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month for April, have shown that they each take the role of Match Official very seriously and their dedication, passion and commitment contributes significantly to the positive football experience enjoyed by the players and spectators of matches they each officiate,” he concluded.
Each winner will be presented a prize pack including a jacket, cap, water bottle and a referee card set to assist in fulfilling their valuable duties on and off the field.
From the pool of monthly winners, a “Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Year” for each Zone will be recognised at the Northern NSW Football Annual Awards Night.
Newcastle Permanent Acting CEO Mark Williams echoes Hicks’ sentiments and applauds the volunteers who received the award.
“Through Newcastle Permanent’s Community Football Awards we are able to recognise the important role that referees play in reinforcing a culture of fair play and respect both on and off the field. Our thanks to all referees across Northern NSW for their contributions to the game,” Williams said.
The April Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are as follows:
Football Far North Coast
Connor Johnston, 21, has been a match official in the Far North Coast zone since 2011. He began as a talented Assistant Referee, quickly being appointed on our Men’s Premier Division competition and being awarded the Assistant Referee of the Year in 2014. He then moved through the grades as a centre referee, to become a regular Men’s Premier Division referee.Connor is an enthusiastic referee who has had many achievements, including receiving the Referee’s Referee Award (2015), Most Improved Senior Referee Award (2016) and he was selected to referee at the 2017 FFA National Youth Championships for Boys in Coffs Harbour.
Football Mid North Coast
Fiona became a Level 4 Referee at the start of 2018. That year, Fiona was selected to attend the Northern NSW Football Talented Officials Program in Coffs Harbour (TOP Camp). Fiona is a great example to other fellow match officials and always willing to help out. She did a great job at the Viking Challenge in Forster early in March and has already officiated as a centre Referee on a Senior Ladies match in 2019. Fiona is a great example for young match officials whom are just starting out.
Adam Neville is renowned among players, parents and footbal officials as a fair and honest referee. Due to his passion for the game, Adam is always integral in his responses and capable in explaining his decisions to players and coaches in a respectful and understanding individual. Those around him are extremely proud of the young man that he is and the fantastic referee that he is as well. Adam is a cherished member of the team at Macquarie Football.
North Coast Football
Luke has shown great promise since being selected for the Talented Officials Program in 201. He continues to improve his centre refereeing and Assistant Referee work to the extent he is one of the first picked as an Assistant Referee for FFA Cup this year and has already officiated at an NCF Premier League and Reserve Grade level in 2019. Luke is a good role model for new referees.
Northern Inland Football
Jackson is a young referee who has excelled as a match official, he is willing to learn and handles himself in a professional manner. He has a good relationship with the players who teams he officiates and he communicates why he makes the decisions that he does to the players