Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month for August 2019 across the zones.
“Our winners for this month’s Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Month awards have displayed all the attributes of not only a good Match Official but a good member of the Football Family,” NNSWF Senior Officer Community Football Ross Hicks commented.
“Refereeing is often a thankless task but I am very pleased to be able to thank and recognise their efforts and look forward to seeing them progress as a Match Official 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 Northern NSW Football Annual Awards Night.
Newcastle Permanent CEO Bernadette Inglis echoes Hicks’ 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,” Inglis 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 August Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are as follows:
Football Far North Coast
As a current senior player, Todd recognised that our game need more senior people to become a match official. So, when the opportunity came up to attend a referees course last year Todd decided to step up and be part of the solution, by becoming a match official himself. Todd has been able to bring his football and life experience to the role, as well as his positive and enthusiastic attitude, which has assisted him to progress as a match official this season. Todd recently attended a Level 3 Referee upgrade course that was run by FFNC and he continues to make himself available for games around his playing schedule and personal commitments. We applaud Todd for being one of a small handful of senior players that have taken up the challenge to become a match official and we hope he inspires other senior players to do the same next season. Congratulations to Todd, a worthy recipient of the Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Month award.
Football Mid North Coast
Ambrose is in his third season as a referee and has been a consistent performer yet again. He began officiating in 2017 after completing the Level 4 Referee course and is one of a number of good talented officials coming through the FMNC ranks. Ambrose broke into the senior ranks this season and has now been the centre referee on five senior matches (three men’s, two women’s). He has also centred three NPL Youth matches (U15/16) and been an assistant referee on three FMNC First Grade Premier League matches this season. Ambrose sets a fine example for new and young match officials just starting out.
Lucas is a first year referee who originally only wanted to do the duties of an assistant referee. As his confidence grew he started taking on centre refereeing which he has enjoyed immensely. His enthusiasm and passion for refereeing is evident in his performances each weekend. He constantly makes himself available and is a valuable assistant referee for the senior referees officiating on adult football. He has also had some difficult situations to handle throughout the season but he has overcome these and is now developing into a fine young referee.
Jackson has been a great asset to Newcastle Football’s ALDI MiniRoos referees over the last two years. In addition to running games on the weekend, he is also happy to fill in as a ball boy for senior games, or linesman for other matches during the day if none have been appointed. Jackson is a kind, well mannered young man who takes the time to educate players at the same time as refereeing them.
North Coast Football
Ben Winter is a Level 4 referee who is dedicated to improving his officiating. He has refereed to Under 14 years in the local NCF competition, and regularly referees SAP and NPL games. Ben has an assistant referee in the Premier League Men’s Division this year, impressing senior referees with his continued improvement and willingness to listen to advice.