Touching New Milestones
In round 2 of the NRL, two of Parramatta Referees favourite men with the flag will reach milestones. Daniel Eastwood will officiate his 150th NRL game whilst Paul Holland will join the NRL 300 club. These are both fantastic & proud milestones for the pair who have shown to produce consistent performances week in & week out over extended periods of time.
Daniel Eastwood will bring up 150 NRL games in the match between NZ Warriors & St George Illawarra Dragons at Eden Park. Daniel’s career has been sprinkled with achievements since making his debut in round 5 2008 when St George Illawarra played the North QLD Cowboys at Win Stadium. Daniel’s best season so far would undoubtedly be 2011 where he officiated State of Origin as well as the NRL Grand Final between Manly & NZ Warriors, a match in which the other touch judge was Paul Holland. Being an astute student of Rugby League, Daniel has a great knowledge of the intricacies of the game, he goes about his business with minimal fuss whilst showing an infectious enjoyment for what Rugby League can offer. The potential for Daniel Eastwood to succeed in the game was shown when his career was just in its infancy when he won the Bob Jones Trophy for most improved Parramatta Referee in 2002. Only a few years later he made the step up to the grade squad & he has not looked back since. We hope to again see the name Daniel Eastwood listed amongst some of the big name appointments in 2014.
Paul Holland will chalk up 300 NRL games in the match between the Melbourne Storm & Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park. Paul continues to be the staunch model of consistency for Parramatta Referees. Paul made his debut in round 18, 2001 when the Canterbury Bulldogs played the Penrith Panthers at the then named Sydney Showground. Since that time Paul has had the most illustrious of careers, ticking off just about every achievement/milestone in the game. Paul’s CV consists of State of Origins, NRL Grand Finals, Test Matches & Rugby League World Cup fixtures with his 300 NRL games now being the latest on the long list. Paul becomes only the 5th Touch Judge in history to reach the milestone after the trio of Steve’s (Betts, Chiddy & Carrall) & fellow current NRL touch judge Russell Turner. As his career developed Paul showed a willingness to continue to contribute to Parramatta Referees & as a result is our 57th life member. Saturday’s fixture will be sweet reward for his hard work over a long period of time.
In a great weekend for touch judges, Illawarra’s Luke Potter will officiate his 100th NRL fixture on the touchline in the match between the Sydney Roosters & the Parramatta Eels. Congratulations to the trio & may you wave that flag proud touchy.