Parramatta District Rugby League 
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  • 01 Aug 2014 9:21 AM | Anonymous member

    Another massive milestone has been achieved in the career of Parramatta Referee Ashley Klein. This weekend, Ash will bring up 150 games as an NRL referee, which equates to a combined total of 300 top flight rugby league appointments. He will referee the match between the Cronulla Sharks & the Parramatta Eels on Saturday.


    Noted for his time in England as a referee in the European Super League, Ash has made a smooth transition into the NRL since debuting in round one, 2009 in the match between the NZ Warriors & the Parramatta Eels. This was a significant occasion as it was the last time in first grade, that all on-field match officials were Parramatta Referees, with Ash being assisted by Alan Shortall with Paul Holland & Gavin Reynolds on the touchline.

    Ash’s journey to the top took quite a different path to most referees. He made his Challenge Cup debut on February 9th 2003 in the match between Wigan & the lowly ranked Simms Cross at JJB Stadium in front of a crowd of 3,790 (Wigan won 82-3 for those interested). His Challenge Cup debut was followed by a debut in the Super League later that season where he refereed the Huddersfield Giants & Wakefield Trinity Wildcats match at the McAlpine Stadium. From then onwards, he became a regular in England’s top flight competition.

    Ash’s list of achievements continues to get bulkier season after season. Having refereed Super League matches, NRL matches, Challenge Cup (including finals), State of Origins and World Cup / Test matches, Ash has stamped himself as one of the most experienced referees in the game.

    Ash’s strength is his decision making and ability to maintain calm under pressure. He is rarely flustered and portrays cool, calm and collected body language at all times. This has served him well in a number of big matches including the Super League Grand Finals at Old Trafford, the 2008 World Club Challenge, 2008 World Cup final, 2013 ANZAC test and a number of NRL finals series matches, including the 2012 encounter between the Bulldogs & Manly which was a game which required great control from the officials involved.

    Congratulations Ash on a fantastic achievement, very few go on to referee 150 NRL games, let alone the list of appointments that you have achieved prior to that.

  • 01 Aug 2014 9:20 AM | Anonymous member

    Parramatta Referee Gavin Reynolds will this weekend notch up a significant milestone in his first grade refereeing career when he referees his 50th NRL match. He will be one of the two referees for the match between the Canberra Raiders & NZ Warriors on Sunday afternoon at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

    Throughout season 2014, Gavin has proven to be a consistent performer, officiating in all but one of the twenty one rounds of the season, often officiating twice on a weekend both as a referee and as a touch judge. He is a referee on the rise, with a big future ahead of him. Gavin made is first grade debut in round 24, 2010 in the match between the

  • 24 Jun 2014 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NRL and NRL refs are running a free referees clinic for all referees on Friday July 11th (school holidays) in Olympic Park from 8:30-1:30. For more details and to register, please visit and click on the "get involved" tab, then the "referee" tab, then the "resource centre" tab.

    The day will have a video theory session, a "decision making under fatigue" gym session, and a skills session.

  • 08 Jun 2014 10:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    At the 2014 Parramatta Referees Life Members and Presentation Evening, Jake Peters-McDonald was named the 2013 recipient of the Darkie McCall Award for outstanding service to the association. Jake was presented with the award by Co-patron Ian McCall, appearing honoured and humbled in receipt. In accepting the award, he spoke of his passion for coaching young referees and the enjoyment he has in planning social events for the association.

    Well recognised for his on field achievements, his off field efforts often go unnoticed. Jake is a tireless and selfless worker for the association, always going above and beyond in his role as Director of Events & Functions. Throughout 2013 Jake served admirably on the Coaching Panel and the Recruitment & Retention committee. It was also his second year as the Director of Events & Functions where he consolidated the excellent groundwork that he had put in during the previous twelve months.

    Jake becomes the 30th individual to win the award, which is now in its 33rd year. In what has been an illustrious career as a Parramatta referee to date; it leaves Jake just two awards short of completing the Grand Slam of Parramatta Referee awards. Only the Patron’s Trophy and the Coach of the Year Award are left, if you discount the Rookie of the Year Award which didn’t exist when Jake first started out in 2006.

    Jake’s achievement highlights the swarm of younger referees not only making their mark on the field but who are also putting their hand up to contribute to the association. If Jake’s lead is to go by, then the association is in good hands for years to come.

  • 08 Jun 2014 10:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Ken McNaught has won his third Kevin Jeffes Coach of the Year Award, being presented with the shield at the recent Life Members and Presentation Evening. Ken won the inaugural award in 2009 and then followed that up by being named coach of the year in 2011. Ken is once again a most deserving recipient of the award, as he continues to lead the way in referee coaching and development within the association.

    Ken’s approach to his role as Director of Referees is diligent and methodical. He goes above and beyond his role as the Director, putting in an enormous amount of extra hours to ensure that our referees are progressing towards their full potential. His assessments on match days are always insightful and provide referees with a clear picture of what they are doing well and where they need to improve. Ken makes a conscious effort to always provide referees with information about the best avenue for them to rectify issues that they are having in their refereeing, whether it be tips for drills at training or routines that referees can practice at home.

    Ken not only provides guidance to our on-field referees but has also demonstrates outstanding leadership for the coaches on both the Senior and Junior Appointments Panel. He takes the time and effort to help each coach develop their repertoire as mentors for the on-field referees. He goes out of his way to ensure the welfare of all within the association.

    Congratulations Ken on this amazing achievement. The longevity and quality of your contribution in your role is appreciated by all.
  • 08 Jun 2014 10:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Anthony Ellard was presented with his Life Members blazer at the 67th Annual Life Members and Presentation Night on Sunday. Anthony becomes Life Member number sixty six, following in the footsteps of many names which he has looked up to during his time with Parramatta Referees. Well over 100 people were in attendance to see Andrew Essey present Anthony with his blazer on behalf of the association. Many of Anthony’s family and friends were also there including his wife Antonette, his mother and his brother and sister.

    Anthony has given many years of dedicated service since he first joined Parramatta Referees, completing the same course as Barry Cummins and Graham Inskip in 2002. Since that time Anthony has served on the Executive in three roles; Director of Recruitment & Retention (2007-08), Executive Officer (2009-10) and Director of Events & Functions in 2011. He has contributed a great deal of time and effort in coaching and developing junior referees, spending the best part of five years on coaching and appointments panels. Anthony has also contributed to the association through various other means as the Webmaster, Auditor and Parramatta Junior League Delegate.

    Upon acceptance of his blazer, spoke highly of his time in the association telling a number of anecdotes about his experiences in refereeing. He spoke in glowing terms about influential figures like Ken McNaught, Mark Bej and Alan Shortall, commending them on their contributions to the association and leadership through tough times. He marked the A1’s Grand Final Appointment for Chris Chalkley in 2013 as a keynote as to why he continuously puts his hand up to coach referees year upon year. He also spoke of the importance of the people that will take the association forward in years to come.

    Congratulations Anthony on an outstanding achievement and your ongoing service to this association. We look forward to many more great years ahead.

  • 28 May 2014 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All active referees need to be aware of the coaching memo regarding 2014 law changes in Mini & Mod football. You can read these in the appointments page.

  • 19 May 2014 3:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Members and visitors hould be aware that our website will be offline on 24 May 2014 for approximately 4 hours.

    This is to allow improvements to our online systems and databases.

    We apologise for any inconvenience.
  • 08 May 2014 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We’re excited to announce Shine Lawyers as a proud new sponsor of the Parramatta District Rugby League Referees, which will include their logo on the front of our jerseys.
    Shine Lawyers have been fighting for the rights of the Western Sydney community for 38 years and have 40 branches across Australia, including local branches in Parramatta, Fairfield and Liverpool.
    The Shine Lawyers team are compensation experts across a wide range of legal areas, including motor vehicle, workplace and public place claims, medical law, disability insurance and superannuation claims, financial advisor negligence, aviation law, coal seam gas and energy law, environmental claims and class actions.
    The Shine Lawyers logo can also be seen proudly displayed on the Dyldam Parramatta Eels NRL and Holden Cup jerseys, with the company also becoming corporate partners of Parramatta's NRL side in 2014.
  • 01 May 2014 10:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 3 to 4, Parramatta & NSW Junior Rep Referee Daniel Luttringer will be attempting to complete the 24 hour Relay for Life in its entirety. Daniel will be participating in the Hills Relay for Life which will kick off at 10.00am on the Saturday & finish the same time the next day. This particular Relay for Life event will be held at Wrights Road Reserve in Kellyville.

    Relay for Life is an annual overnight event open to people of all ages & fitness levels to come together and walk/jog/run for cancer awareness. Each year relays are held at various locations throughout NSW to raise money for the Cancer Council. Every five minutes, another Australian is diagnosed with cancer. While survival rates are improving every day, cancer remains a leading cause of death. To improve this statistic we ask you to sponsor or join a team.

    Daniel has set a goal that the team ‘One step at a time’ will complete 150km in the 24 hour time period. Along the way, he will be joined by family members, friends & fellow referees to keep him on track throughout the event. If you would like to either donate or come down during the event & get onto the track to walk a few laps with Daniel please go to the following link:

    Get behind Daniel as he leads the way with this inspirational effort for this great cause.


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