Newcastle Permanent Referees of the Month Announced for July

August 1st, 2019

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month for July 2019 across the zones.

“Match Officials have one of the hardest jobs in sport,” NNSWF Senior Officer Community Football Ross Hicks commented.

“These match officials have shown that they take the role of Match Official very seriously and the 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 Northern NSW Football Annual Awards Night.

Newcastle Permanent CEO Bernadette Inglis echoes Hicks’ sentiments and applauds the volunteers who received the award.

“Referees and match officials play a vital role in community football,” Inglis said.

“They are responsible for ensuring players are safe and the rules of the game are followed, but most importantly they help create a great experience for players and spectators. We are delighted that a local referee has been recognised for their contribution to the game.”


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


Arky Ryall

Football Far North Coast

Arky began refereeing last year and despite her seemingly limited experience as a match official, she has very quickly proven herself as an up-and-coming talent. In just her first season, Arky proved herself to be capable as an Assistant Referee on higher grade senior fixtures and at the end of the season her ability meant that she was appointed as an Assistant Referee on the FFNC Women’s Premier Division Grand Final. Now 17, Arky has impressed many with the professionalism and positive attitude she dedicates to the role. Arky is hopeful to be available to attend the upcoming Northern NSW Football Match Officials TOP Camp in Coffs Harbour, which will provide her with an opportunity to progress further as a referee. Arky is a great role model for other younger match officials to look up to and is a worthy recipient of the referee of the month.


Jordan Blick

Football Mid North Coast

Jordan has been a consistent performer for FMNC Referees this season. 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 ranks. Jordan has officiated as an Assistant Referee on 5 First Grade matches this season as well as a Centre Referee at WPL level only recently. Jordan sets a fine example for new and young match officials just starting out.


Teagan Day

Hunter Valley Football

Teagan completed her level 4 course earlier this year. Being a player herself, Teagan understands the need for match officials and the important role they have in our game. She is always pleasant and enthusiastic and it is obvious to all she is enjoying her match officiating. The benefits of Teagan’s willingness to watch listen and learn are evident in her performances as she continues to improve with each game, she is a valued member of Hunter Valley Football Referees Association and very much a worthy recipient of our Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Month award


Kenneth Cummins

Macquarie Football

Ken has been progressing well over the past few years to senior football and has excelled over the past month. His dedication to his officiating has been impressive and he has been enjoying his refereeing.



Timothy Hamilton

Newcastle Football

Tim participated as a Match Official at the recent Boys State Titles and from his own words ‘ learnt a lot and gained a lot of experience over the weekend’. Tim has grown in confidence from his involvement with the TOP Camp at the Titles and its showing dividends on the pitch since returning.



Elijah Thorn

North Coast Football

Elijah Thorn, 16, from Urunga, has been refereeing for 3 years and has progressed admirably over this period. He centres junior matches up to 14 Years and is competent in AR ing up to Premier League Men’s games. Elijah also currently officiates at NPL level. He has impressed senior referees with his dedication and commitment, especially this season, and Elijah is now aiming to progress to becoming a Level 3 Referee in the near future.


Lachlan Smith

Northern Inland Football

Lachlan is a great referee that continually controls matches to a high standard. Lachlan has great player management skills which is vital with refereeing senior football. Lachlan would be one of the best referees in the Northern Inland Football region. He is certainly someone to look up to.

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