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Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Month Award Winners for August Announced

August 30th, 2018

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

“These referees’ 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 these referees have shown that they takes this responsibility very seriously,” NNSWF Community Football Manager Peter Haynes said.

“I congratulate them on their award 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. 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,” Millett said.

The August Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are as follows:

John Baker

Football Far North Coast

John Baker is a valued senior match official who continues to make a contribution within the zone despite having relocated out of the region as part of his position as a school principal. John has excellent communication skills and brings a positive attitude to the role of officiating. Despite his extensive professional CV, John continues to embrace ideas that support him becoming a better match official. John is also an accredited assessor and instructor and a mentor to other match offcials.




Aiden Hawkins

Football Mid North Coast

Aiden began refereeing this season after completing his Level 4 accreditation in Tuncurry. He has been willing to listen and learn and has attended numerous development gala days and school matches as a referee to gain more experience. He has done well in officiating on competitive junior matches and has also been an assistant on 13 senior matches. Aiden also plays on Saturdays in the U16 competition with the Gloucester.






John Hanlon

Hunter Valley Football

John is an excellent referee, firm but fair and always controls the game well. Along with refereeing John puts in a lot of time and effort into the association and takes a lot of time to check on the young referees and help guide and reassure them when needed. He is well respected by players often having a chat before or after the game. He does a lot for the game and is truly has invested a lot of time to refereeing.







Hugh Cummins

Macquarie Football

Hugh reffed has reffed competition games this year and does so in a professional manner. He is was very friendly with the kids but still maintains authority throughout the games.


David Hemsworth

Newcastle Football

David brings some officiating expertise with him to his role as a NF Referee; he is an Umpire with Newcastle District Cricket. From his connection with Mayfield United Jnr, Dave volunteered to be a Club Referee or Assist. Referee when the need arose at Stevenson Park; growing in confidence and with a commitment to his input as a Club Ref, Dave took the next step to ‘make it official’ completing the Level 4 Referee Course this year. Dave, quickly moved with assurance to officiate matches showing a control and authority ‘ahead of his years’, through applying the Laws and were applicable provide to players an unequivocal decision regards their ‘time spent on the field’. Feedback from Referees who have presided over matches with Dave, as a Referee or Assist. Referee, have noted his attention to detail along with a committed approach to the task at hand, each adding how pleasing it is to officiate with him.



Kori Eaton

North Coast Football

As a Referee, Kori not only does he continue to develop his skills each week, along with his positive attitude and willingness to be part of the Refereeing team on match days, he has gained the respect of his peers and the teams he officiates. From his home town of Maclean, not only does Kobe Referee Junior Competitive matches he has been entrusted with Centre Referee appointments for the Senior Lower division matches predominately in the Clarence area of the North Coast Zone. Further this year he has also been promoted to an Assistant Referees Role for both the NCF men’s Premier League and Reserve Grade. NCF is proud to have Kori as part of the Zone’s match official ranks and very much looks forward to his ongoing contribution.


Pat Dwyer

Northern Inland Football

Pat has returned to refereeing this year, after a number of years away from the game. Pat is showing continuous improvement every week and is working his way to becoming one of the top referees in our region. Pat has a great report with fellow referees and players when ever he takes the field, and is taking a leadership role for junior referees to follow.

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