Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Month Winners Announced for April

May 29th, 2017
PICTURED: Newcastle Football’s Referee of the Month, Jack Hagan.

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month for April 2017 across the zones.

“All of this month’s winners have displayed all the attributes of not only a good Match Official but a good member of the Football Family. Refereeing is often a thankless task but I am very pleased to be able to thank and recognise the efforts of them and look forward to seeing how they all progress as a Match Official into the future,” NNSWF Community Football Manager Peter Haynes commented.

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 Acting CEO David Harney echoes Haynes’ sentiments and applauds the volunteers who received the award.

“Referees are often unappreciated and under a lot of pressure. It great to see referees respected by their peers and players,” Harney said.

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


Newcastle Permanent Match Official of the Month - Corey Boag - April 2017

Corey Boag

Football Far North Coast

Corey continues to impress as a match official, with great dedication shown to his role and a friendly, honest personality that comes across in his refereeing. Corey is one of the top Assistant Referees in our Men’s Premier Division and is a talented young referee on junior fixtures. His ability to listen to feedback that is provided from coaches or senior referees allows him to continue to improve as a match official. Corey is keen to continue working his way through the refereeing ranks and we are sure that his positive attitude and ability will see him achieve his goals.


Jenna Kennedy

Hunter Valley Football

We are very fortunate to have Jenna with us again this year as she has such a busy and demanding schedule. Combining both refereeing, playing and training with her team in the 18 Years Herald Women’s Premier League as well as finding the time for her studies needed to complete her Higher School Certificate this year, is a testimony to her devotion to football. Despite her heavy workload Jenna always displays a great deal of energy and enthusiasm in her refereeing and is a great role model for our association.


Barry Nelis

Football Mid North Coast

Barry is a hard working referee who helps out and has a laugh with everyone whenever he can. He is always seen helping new beginners at refereeing and sometimes older ones, I should know. Everyone on the Mid North Coast knows and loves Barry he brings joy to every match he attends.



Stuart Hansen

Macquarie Football

Stuart has won the Assistant referee of the year in 2015 and Referee of the year in 2016. He referees both community and Premier competition football each weekend. Stuart is also involved with the administration of Macquarie Referees and its work with community clubs in the Macquarie Football Zone. He has a great prospect to advance to higher levels of football.



Jack Hagan

Newcastle Football

Jack is always happy to help whether it be ref or linesman. He is working alongside another Referee to train the junior Referees in our club and is patient, thorough and is always well mannered. He is the perfect example for the young ones to look up to and strive to be like.


Nick Lavender

North Coast Football

Nick is a keen, enthusiastic and motivated young Official who is very timely in his communications with the Zone Administrator to ensure Clubs get every opportunity to have his services on game days.


Ian Browne

Northern Inland Football

Ian isn’t a referee anymore but is the president of the referee association and coaches the young referees each weekend. He spends his weekends walking around speaking to all the young referees to ensure that they are okay if they have any questions and to reassure them they have support from the seniors. He is at the fields whenever there is a game no matter if it is 1 game or a full round.

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