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  • 14 Mar 2016 11:11 AM | Anonymous member


    Parramatta Referees are excited to announce that the next new referees course will be held in the upcoming school holidays on Thursday 21st April from 9-4pm. GET ONSIDE IN 2016!!! You won't regret it. Go to to register or for more info contact on
  • 18 Jan 2016 10:14 AM | Anonymous member

    Have you ever stopped midway through a match of the greatest game of all and wondered what would it be like to be the man or woman in the middle with the whistle? This is something that very few would contemplate from the position on their lounge chair, the side line of a junior league match or in the middle of a State of Origin decider.

    Refereeing is a unique rugby league experience and one that you could so easily immerse yourself in. Unlike many other roles in the Junior League, it is not a volunteer role either, with some financial reward for your efforts.


    The Parramatta District Referees Association is holding numerous courses in the lead up to the 2016 Junior League Season. Sporting the slogan “Get Onside in 2016”, the Association is looking to further strengthen its ranks by recruiting some enthusiastic, fresh new faces to commence refereeing in mini football. Their first course will take place on the weekend of the 13th & 14th February.

    Refereeing provides an array of avenues for lovers of the game to give back or to make it to the big stage. Parramatta Referees have a successful history of developing officials that have made it to the NRL including current referees Ashley Klein, Gavin Reynolds & Alan Shortall as well as arguably the most famous referee of all time Bill Harrigan.

    “The opportunities for referees to progress through the grades in Parramatta are immense”, the Association’s Recruitment Director Daniel Luttringer explains. “We have extremely dedicated people with a great deal of knowledge to pass onto new referees”.

    One of the most appealing aspects of refereeing is its inclusive nature. Refereeing is for those of all ages from thirteen years on, for males and females with plenty or little rugby league experience. Association referee Bianca Santi believes refereeing is something that has changed her life for the better. “On top of the fitness levels that I have gained from refereeing and the achievements on the field that I have experienced, probably the most important benefit that I have found in refereeing is the lifelong friendships that you make”.

    “We try to foster a real close, family like environment here at Parramatta Referees, whereby we are serious about the job that needs to be done but also have lots of fun along the way” says Luttringer. Evidence of this can be seen in the large number of families that have taken up the whistle in Parramatta, with the first ever group of triplets joining Parramatta Referees in 2015.

    Santi has been refereeing for six years and says the most important benefits of refereeing are the friendships, an enhanced knowledge of the laws, improved fitness levels and the feeling of making a positive contribution to the game.

    To find out more about the opportunities in refereeing visit the Parramatta Referees website or drop them an email at

  • 02 Nov 2015 11:53 AM | Anonymous member

    Vale – Don “Kiwi” McMillan

    It is with great sadnes that the Association greets the news of the passing of Don “Kiwi” McMillan. He passed away Sunday 1st November at 5.50pm. Don was a Life Member of the Association and heavily involved in the coaching & development of referees. He was a funny man who was always good for a story and a laugh. More details will be sent to members in the coming days regarding his funeral. Below is a list of some of his achievements and contributions.

    Life Member #48 (Awarded 1994)

    Joined the Association in 1974

    Appointments Board Secretary 1988

    Appointments Board Assistant Secretary 1990-1994

    Coaching Panel Secretary 1991

    Appointments Board 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987 & 1989

    Coaching Panel 1984, 1992, 1993 & 1994

    Training & Development 1992


  • 19 Aug 2015 12:04 PM | Anonymous member

    Fourteen years after joining the Parramatta Referees Association as a Junior Referee, Zbigniew Przeklasa-Adamski will make his NRL debut as a touch judge in this weekend’s fixture between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders. The referees for the match will be Parramatta Referees’ Life Member Gavin Reynolds and former member Chris Sutton. Zbigniew will become the 141st NRL match official.

    Known to most as “Ziggy”, this milestone is a significant achievement for any aspiring referee. Ziggy’s refereeing first started making noise when he selected in the 2006 NSW Junior Representative Squad. He was Parramatta Referees’ first Referees Referee in 2007 as voted upon by his peers. In 2008 he won Parramatta Referees Senior Achievement award. His most successful season in the Parramatta District came in 2009, when he refereed both the U17/1’s Grand Final & the A Grade 1st Division Grand Final.

    Following on from a successful Junior Reps season, where he refereed the Grand Final of the Harold Matthews Cup Competition, he was graded to the NSW graded squad in 2010 as NSWRLRA member #948. It was in this same year that he won the Michael Ryan Medal for Referees Referee in the Junior Rep Squad.

    In 2013, Ziggy was appointed the referee for the NSW Cup Grand Final between Windsor Wolves and the Cronulla Sharks. As a result he was awarded the Bill Harrigan Trophy. From here, he moved into the NRL Part Time squad where he continued to referee Holden Cup and NSW Cup on a regular basis.

    He has always displayed a driven approach to his refereeing, consistently putting in the hard work over an extended period of time. He has dealt with setbacks and adversity with grace and dignity over the years. Ziggy leads by example and in doing so has shown many current Parramatta Referees the way forward both in and out of the Parramatta District.

    Ziggy becomes Parramatta Referees fifth member to officiate on-field in an NRL match this year, joining Ashley Klein, Alan Shortall, Gavin Reynolds & Kasey Badger.

  • 01 May 2015 5:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Parramatta Referees Alan Shortall has been appointed as one of the two referees that will control the 2015 City vs Country fixture in Wagga Wagga. Alan will assist Adam Devcich in the annual fixture that marks the end of the Rep Weekend.

    Alan made his first grade debut in round 12, 2008 in the match between the North Queensland Cowboys & the Penrith Panthers. He made one more appearance in his debut season controlling the match between the Parramatta Eels vs Canberra. Since that time he has not looked back, becoming one of the most consistent referees in the top grade. Since the 2009 season (inclusive), he has refereed more than 20 NRL games each season.

    The appointment to the City vs Country fixture adds to an ever expanding list of achievements in the career of Alan Shortall. He has refereed the 2003 SG Ball Grand Final, the 2005 Arrive Alive Cup Final (Schoolboys Cup), the 2006 NSW Residents vs QLD Residents and the 2006 Jim Beam Cup Grand Final. Alan has also had significant success as a Touch Judge, officiating in the 2009 NRL Finals Series, the 2009 Four Nations Series and ultimately being appointed as a Touch Judge in the Final of that competition.

    We are sure that Alan will continue to maintain his consistency in the years to come as he heads towards 150 NRL games as a referee, with more representative opportunities ahead on the horizon.

    In further good news for Parramatta Referees, Ashley Klein has been appointed as Video Referee for the fixture and Gavin Reynolds has been appointed as Standby Referee.

    Parramatta Referees would like to congratulate these gentlemen on their appointments and am sure the game will be officiated in a first class manner. 

  • 16 Apr 2015 4:31 PM | Anonymous member

    Parramatta Referees Kasey Badger will make her NRL Debut as a Touch Judge in the round 7 match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Penrith Panthers at CBUS Super Stadium on the Gold Coast. Kasey will become the NRL's second ever female official and the first from NSW after Queenslander Belinda Sleeman made her debut in round 26 of the 2014 season.

    Kasey has risen quickly through the ranks since taking up refereeing back in 2004. Along the way she has had an abundance of highlights and milestones. In 2005 and 2006 she won Parramatta Referees Trainer of the Year Award. This was an early indication of her application to her preparation off the field. In the years to follow, she joined the NSW Junior Reps squad. One major highlight from her time at Parramatta was being appointed as a Touch Judge for the 2008 A Grade 1st Division Grand Final, where she gave outstanding assistance to the central referee and good friend Stephen Ellison. Kasey continued to work hard on all aspects of her refereeing throughout this time and as a result was recognised as the number one referee in the Junior Reps Squad which culminated in her refereeing the SG Ball Grand Final in 2010 between Canterbury and Newcastle. From here she was graded into the New South Wales Graded squad in 2011. A year later, in 2012 she made her debut as a central referee in the then named Toyota Cup (National Youth Competition) in the match between Manly and the Gold Coast Titans.

    In 2014 she became part of the Women in League Match Officials Program and has not looked back since, making every post a winner along the way. She was an official at the Inaugural Auckland Nines Competition in 2014 and later that season officiated as a referee in the Holden Cup Finals series.

    Saturday’s debut will see Kasey run with fellow Parramatta Referee Alan Shortall. Her appointment takes Parramatta’s contingent of first grade on-field officials to four.

    Whilst her career is gaining momentum on the field, off the field Kasey still contributes to the Association, currently serving as our NRAS Co-Ordinator. Whereby she runs face to face courses for new refereeing candidates and monitors the ongoing accreditations of our referees.

    Congratulations on a fantastic achievement Kasey. We hope it is just the start of more big things to come in the future.

  • 01 Mar 2015 1:51 PM | Anonymous member

    Preseason Seminar - 8th March 9.00am Parramatta Marist

    1st Weekend of Trials PDJRL Season - 14th March

    Parramatta Referees Season Launch - Thursday 7.00pm 26th March La Mono `

  • 28 Jan 2015 3:26 PM | Anonymous member

    Parramatta Referees are excited to announce that we have locked in our first referees course for 2015. Sunday 22nd February will be the date of our first level referees course for aspiring new refs. Our second course will be over a series of Tuesday nights in March. Sign up & start your online modules at the link below:


  • 22 Aug 2014 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members are advised this weekends semi-finals (23-24 August) are proceeding as planned.

  • 05 Aug 2014 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of former graded & Parramatta Referee Greg Boyd. Greg passed away on Saturday 2nd August after a long battle with Leukaemia.

    His rise through the refereeing ranks began when he referee the 1983 Parramatta A Grade 1st Division Grand Final with touch judges John Dennis & Barry Munro. Greg became NSWRLRA graded member #735 in 1984. He then went on to make it all the way to the top, refereeing 6 first grade games (1986).

    Greg's funeral will be on Friday the 8th of August 2014 at 3pm at Centenary Crematorium Chapel, Wacol Station Road, Sumner Park, Queensland.

    No flowers please. Donations to Leukaemia Foundation appreciated.

    Our deepest sympathies go out to the Boyd family in this tough time.

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