Newcastle Permanent Referees of the Month announced for May

May 30th, 2019

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

“This month’s winners 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 said.

“Refereeing is often a thankless task but I’m 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 Acting CEO Mark Williams echoes Hicks’ sentiments and applauds the volunteers who received the award.

“Through Newcastle Permanent’s Community Football Awards we are able to recognise the important role referees play in reinforcing a culture of fair play and respect on the field. Our thanks to all the referees across Northern NSW for their contributions to the game and congratulations to this month’s winner” Williams said.


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

Len Keith

Football Far North Coast

Len Keith has been involved as a match official for many decades and his contribution was recognised with Life Membership of Far North Coast Referees. As a senior referee, Lenis a passionate advocate for promoting opportunities for young match officials. Len is a progressive thinker and he was a vocal supporter several years ago urging the evolution of the match officials framework from the referee association to one that is managed by FFNC. He is a deserving recipient of the Perm’s Community referee of the month for May.


Lachlan Paynting

Football Mid North Coast

Lachlan started refereeing competitive matches for FMNC in 2017 and quickly rose through the ranks. Last season, he became a regular Assistant Referee on Premier League matches and centred on NPL and WPL fixtures before his season was cut short by injury whilst playing. Lachlan was rewarded for his consistency and improvement with his first senior centre on a Men’s match early this month. Lachlan is a great example to other fellow match officials and always willing to help out in any way.


Haydyn Johnson

Hunter Valley Football

Haydyn is always being thanked by team officials from both teams when he has completed a match and often remark that they wish they could have him referee each week. Haydyn started as an Instructional Referee with the MiniRoos at Maitland Junior Football and showed from the very beginning that he enjoyed what he was doing and could referee well, he always explained to the little ones why and they loved him. Haydyn also learned to be a club lines person and always held up his hand to be the assistant referee when none was appointed. He completed the Instructional Referee and club lines person for a number of years and then progressed to Hunter Valley Referees. Haydyn has a calm and thoughful manner and this reflects in the way he manages his games as a referee. Clubs all smile when we see that he is going to be at our ground to referee.


Will Donaldson

Macquarie Football

Will has an enthusiastic manner and carries out the job in a professional manner. He has started the season very well with good performances throughout April and May. He is a worthy recipient of this award.


Nate Dickinson

Newcastle Football

Nate has been an instructing referee for two seasons. He is confident in his ability and has a real fairness when reffing games. He is keen to teach kids whilst reffing games and brings a positive experience to these players.


Liam Kalanj

North Coast Football

Liam is in his third year of refereeing and has recently completed the Level 3 Referee Course. He has been one of the first selected for PL AR duties in the NCF competition, attends all training sessions and meetings. Such is his commitment he regularly referees at NPL level and in turn such experience is shared back through his games at a community level. He has aspirations for when he completes year 12 to referee in England. His refereeing goals are to referee A-League and perhaps EPL as he rises through the ranks of he referees.


Max Wayte

Northern Inland Football

Max Wayte has been refereeing for 15 years, he is a disabled referee who also plays. Max volunteers to referee games as needed both at Saturday games as well as carnivals within our zone. Max also puts out our mini roo goals every Saturday and assists with any other tasks that he is asked to do. Max has a great relationship with all other referees. He has represented Australia proudly at the Special Olympics.

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