Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Referees of the Month for August 2020 across its Zones.
“Match Officials have one of the hardest jobs in sport,” NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said.
“Neil, Max, Matthew, Rylan, Josh and Campbell have shown that they 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 officiate.”
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.
“Through Newcastle Permanent’s Community Football Awards we recognise the important role referees play in creating fair play and respect on the field,” Juergens said.
“Our thanks to all the referees across northern NSW for their contributions to the game and congratulations to this month’s winners.”
The August Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Neil Flannery returned to refereeing in 2018 after a hiatus. The return to refereeing was inspired by his children, who decided to become match officials for the first time and so Flannery decided he would join them and return to the refereeing ranks.
Flannery is an experienced senior match official who shows a dedication to the role, ensuring his attendance at key coaching activities and travelling distances to games when required.
As well as his contribution on the field, Flannery is recognised for his devotion to support his children who have officiated, particularly his daughter Olivia, who is part of the Northern NSW Football Referees Academy.
Flannery drove eight hours with Olivia from Uki to Newcastle earlier this year to ensure that Olivia was present at the essential training that was provided to the academy participants, which is just one example of the support he provides to his children through his role in football.
Football Mid North Coast
Max is one of Football Mid North Coast’s younger referees. He has stepped up to centre NPL matches recently as well as assisting on Coastal Premier League matches.
Max is regarded as a talented young referee, keen to learn with a promising future.
Hunter Valley Football
Now in his second year as a referee, 15-year-old Matthew has enjoyed an outstanding improvement this year regarding his confidence. Not only in his refereeing ability, but also himself.
Rylan has refereed as a club Miniroos referee for a number of years now but wanted to challenge himself this year. He begged to be allowed to referee and at 12-years-old passed the Level 4 course. He has already jumped in with great enthusiasm and drive with real passion for the game.
His first appointment was running an All Age women’s line, with his grandfather having the centre. Rylan was congratulated by both coaches on the excellent job he did.
On one recent weekend, Mayfield United Junior FC were in need of referees so Rylan stepped up with the help of his grandfather and refereed the under-12s boys, All Age men’s D grade and under-14s girls.
Once again Rylan was congratulated on his professionalism and attention to detail. He has started his career in a very positive way.
North Coast Football
Josh Kerr officiates matches for North Coast Football and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
Josh, 16, appears confident but not arrogant. He is capable, well prepared and presents as a good role model for other younger referees.
Northern Inland Football
Wilkie is the first to put his hand up to travel away for fixtures and is willing to officiate matches across all days of the weekend.
Wilkie has continually improved since he started refereeing and has made himself a regular on Northern Inland Football Premier Reserve fixtures this season.
He always has questions for senior match officials about events that happen in his games and looks for ways to improve and become a better referee.