Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month for October 2020 across its Zones.
“Riley, David, Gerald, Danny, Zoe, Raj, Paul, Chris and Darren have displayed all the attributes of not only a good Match Official but a good member of the Football Family,” NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said.
“Refereeing is often a thankless task but I am very pleased to be able to thank and recognise the efforts of this group of match officials and look forward to seeing them progress into the future.”
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 end of the season.
Newcastle Permanent chief customer experience and delivery officer Paul Juergens echoed Haynes’ sentiment and applauded the volunteers who received the award.
“Newcastle Permanent’s Referee of the Month award recognises referees and match officials across northern NSW for their important role in community football,” Juergens said.
“We hope these awards encourage greater respect and appreciation for the difficult job they have of ensuring a safe and fair playing environment for everyone.”
The October Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are:
Football Far North Coast
North Coast Football
David Thorne has been described as an excellent match official who makes decision confidently, has an excellent knowledge of the laws of the game and a great rapport with players.
This combination of skills establishes credibility and respect among players. Thorne also communicates effectively when players disagree with decisions which makes the game flow more enjoyably.
Thorne is also an excellent role model to new referees, has patience and speaks in a clear, soft tone to help the development of the next generation of referees.
Football Mid North Coast
Gerald Hoskins officiates matches for Football Mid North Coast and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
Gerald has a strong personality and is a confident referee. He has worked hard this year, particularly on his fitness and it has showed having stepped up to Coastal Premier League and reserve grade fixtures last month after years of officiating third grade men’s football.
Gerald has great communication skills and easily deals with on field conflicts. He is well respected by his peers and by the footballers he officiates
Northern Inland Football
Danny Laws officiates matches for Northern Inland Football and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
Laws played for Narrabri FC in previous years but took up the whistle full-time this year to help ensure fixtures in Northern Inland Football’s Namoi League were covered with match officials.
Laws communications well with players and has a great understanding of the game. He has also encouraged new match officials to step up this year and have a go. Law’s contribution to referees in the Namoi League this year saw him nominated for the award.
Hunter Valley Football
Zoe Archer and Raj Gandhi
Paul Graham officiate matches for Newcastle Football and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
As well as his dedication as a senior referee, Graham has taken on the responsibility of branch trainer, conducting training sessions for Newcastle Football referees every Monday night.
Chris Odgers and Darren Grubb
Chris Odgers is enjoying his first year of refereeing and has shown a great enthusiasm for duties on and off the field.
He has put his hand up to officiate whenever possible and enjoyed the mentoring and coaching that has come his way. He has moved up from lower age junior football to the quicker and harder older age juniors.
It is expected from his performances that Odgers will move quickly into the senior ranks as he progresses in his refereeing career.
Darren Grubb meanwhile has gained level three senior football promotion this year and has excelled at the challenge.
Grubb has shown a willingness to do more and his performances have been appreciated by the assessing panel, his peers and most importantly the players.