Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month for September 2020 across its Zones.
“Blake, Alex, Mim, Braden, Sam and Cory 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.
“Referees and match officials play a vital role in community football,” Juergens said.
“They are responsible for keeping players safe and making sure the rules of the game are followed. Most importantly referees help create a great experience for players and spectators.
“The local Newcastle Permanent team is delighted that a local referee has been acknowledged for their contribution to the game.”
The September Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Blake Penhey is now a senior referee with Football Far North Coast, having started as a junior and progressed through the ranks.
His commitment to officiating reflects his skills that have seen Penhey identified to attend TOP camps in previous year. He is a valued match official at Football Far North Coast thanks to his calm manner.
Despite moving to Queensland to study this year Penhey continues to make a contribution to local football in Football Far North Coast by returning to referee games each weekend while following all COVID-19 guidelines.
North Coast Football
Alex Maggio started refereeing in 2019 with great enthusiasm. This enthusiasm has grown as he has become more proficient and confident.
Alex often receives praise for his games from players, managers and other officials. He has progressed quickly to now be performing assistant referee duties at both NPL and CPL level.
Alex is also assigned with more junior referees so he can mentor them and is keen to progress further and complete his Level 3 as soon as one is available.
Football Mid North Coast
Sam Stewart was nominated by Wauchope SC members.
Sam is one of Football Mid North Coast’s young, up and coming referees that has started assisting at Premier League level. He referees in all Community competitive age groups and respects players no matter their age or skill level.
Sam has a professional manner and manages the game at a high standard. He is able to ensure the game is played safely during all conditions. His communication with players during the game to ensure they are playing safely and in accordance with the rules and guidelines is very accomplished.
FMNC look forward to helping Sam develop his refereeing career.
Northern Inland Football
Mim is a quality young referee who is willing to learn and handles herself in a professional manner.
She has a professional attitude towards each game she officiates whether it be an under-12s, women’s or NEWFM Northern League One fixture.
Mim has a strong relationship with fellow referees and players, demonstrated whenever she officiates matches.
Braden Sedgman is a young referee who handled himself with aplomb while running the line at an over-35s Friday night match.
He always kept up with play, controlled the line with confidence and showed maturity above his age.
His maturity and outstanding performances have seen Braden recognised with the award.
Cory Vizintin officiates matches for Macquarie Football and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
Vizintin has returned to refereeing following a stint as an assistant referee last year.
He has improved in all areas of refereeing and is a deserved recipient of this month’s award.