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Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month Awards Announced for May 2018

June 6th, 2018

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month for May 2018 across the zones.

“The selected’s contribution to football through their role as a Match Official is outstanding. Match Officials are vital to the enjoyment of the game by players, coaches and spectators alike and they have shown that they takes this responsibility very seriously,” NNSWF Community Football Manager Peter Haynes said.

“I congratulate the selected on their awards and thank them on behalf of NNSWF and all players, coaches and spectators across the state.”

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 CEO Terry Millett echoes Haynes’ sentiments and applauds 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,” Millet 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 May Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are as follows:


Joshua & Jackson Yates

Football Far North Coast

Jackson (16) began refereeing with FFNC in 2016, with younger brother Josh (14) following suit the year after. In the relatively short time they have been involved, they have proven themselves to be very talented individuals. The mature attitude that each displays is a reflection of a desire to make a positive contribution to the game. Despite their youth, both Jackson and Joshua have already been identified as having the competency to officiate as Assistant Referees in Men’s and Women’s Premier Division. Jackson has progressed to officiating some senior games as a centre referee and it is anticipated that he will advance to higher level competitions soon. The efforts of these brothers are not only recognised because of their efforts on the field with the brothers being jointly acknowledged with a “Commitment to Refereeing Award” in 2017 at the Football Far North Coast Match Officials annual function. These boys are perfect examples of individuals who demonstrate talent, outstanding personal skills, maturity, motivation and already widely regarded as wonderful role models by their peers.


William Sawyer

Football Mid North Coast

William is proving highly competent as a centre referee or when officiating on the sideline. He is observant throughout all games and is constantly gaining confidence as demonstrated through improved body language and the increased eye contact he is making with players. He has ambition to further develop his skills and progress his development as a referee.




Haydyn Johnson

Hunter Valley Football

Haydyn is always being thanked by team officials from both teams when he has completed a match. The team management of both teams often ask of his name and compliment him on his fairness and professional ability as a referee and often remark that they wish they could have him referee each week. Haydyn started as an Instructional Referee with the MiniRoos at Maitland Junior Football and showed from the very beginning that he enjoyed what he was doing and could referee well. He has a calm and thoughful manner and this reflects in the way he manages his games as a referee.


Jake Banyard

Macquarie Football

Jake Banyard has been with Macquarie Football Referees for 3 years. This year he has decided to concentrate on being an assistant referee and has acted in this role, filling in for numerous referees so far this season and has been doing a great job provided valuable assistance.






John Petryk

Newcastle Football

Anytime there is a shortage of referees or linesmen for either our Zone League sides or Interdistrict competition sides, John is the first one to put his hand up and get the job done whether it be competition games or trial games, there’s no fuss and no problems! When he first arrives at the grounds John is first to help and stays back to make sure every thing is packed away before leaving. Support like this make games days run so much smoother and all the time John puts in to helping clubs is greatly appreciated.




Jayden & Kyle Wood

North Coast Football

The Wood brothers, Jayden and Kyle, are both very competent and enthusiastic young brothers who constantly request games whenever they can.  They both have a passion for football and refereeing and consistently accept their appointments and even request more tasks whenever they can talk their parents into driving them which often ranges anywhere from Corindi, in the North, to Macksville in the South. Both consistently attend and actively participate at referee training and their cooperation and passion is highly commendable.


James Tait

Northern Inland Football

James only started refereeing late in the 2017 season but has already made a significant impact. He officiates games in his home town of Glen Innes but has also voluteers at games in Uralla and other areas which are over an hours travel time from his home. James is an extremely talented young referee who is liked by all the players and referees. His knowledge of the sport is outstanding and he uses this knowledge to further his skills as a referee.

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