Parramatta District Rugby League 
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  • 27 Apr 2014 6:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that the Parramatta Referees Association has just received news of the passing of Life Member Peter Dunn. Peter passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, February 18.

    Peter gave many years of dedicated service to Parramatta Referees. He spent numerous seasons on the appointments panel (at the time led by fellow life member Ernie Bull) and he also lead the committee that oversaw the 50th anniversary activities which included the 50th year function & the production of the 50th anniversary yearbook. These contributions were largely the responsible for him being awarded the Darkie McCall award that year.

    Peter was life member no.47. He was bestowed this honor in 1993. Peter served as executive officer from 1966 to 1970. Peter found his way back to the association in the last couple of years, attending the 2012 Life Members Presentation Evening & the 2013 event. It was at the 2012 even where he received his Life Members Medallion.

    Peter was 81 years of age.


  • 27 Apr 2014 6:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    You can download this month's refs call from our Members Only site.
  • 10 Apr 2014 10:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a change from previous seasons, Parramatta Referees took their now traditional season launch away from the Parramatta Firehouse Restaurant to a new venue; La Mono Lebanese Restaurant. The exciting new venue certainly lived up to the hype. The annual season launch aims to gather referees together to let the hair down & officially launch the new season. La Mono was the perfect setting for the occasion allowing for a relaxed & vibrant atmosphere.

    A strong forty plus group was present for the season launch, which included 2012/2013 NRL Grand Final Referee Ben Cummins, who was the guest speaker for the event. Ben gave a very encouraging recount of aspects of his refereeing career thus far & stress the importance of resilience to our young group of referees. Ben was highly informative & took the time to answer a great deal of questions, giving each a thorough response.

    The food was something to behold. Upon arrival the tables were decked with breads, salads, humus, tabouli & loads of other impressive sides. It’s fair to say that a few of the referees may have made the mistake of filling up a little too much on the first round of food as once the trail of food began to come out, it didn’t stop. A huge thanks must go to Jake Peters-McDonald & the social committee for their work in organising the event with particular thanks going to Sarkis Wakim who used his family connections to help ensure that everyone who attended felt most welcome.

    With two weekends to go before the start of the 2014 season, all referees are chomping at the bit to get out there & officiate in the season proper. It promises to be another year of change & continual development of referees within the Parramatta Association.

  • 07 Apr 2014 10:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Monday 7th April saw Parramatta Referees hold an information evening for club coaches, secretaries & managers to develop their understanding of the laws of the game & to strengthen rapport between all involved. The information session was held in the classrooms at Parramatta Marist with upwards of twenty club representatives in attendance. The structure of the evening went as follows:

    * Introduction/Welcome

    * 2014 Law Changes

    * The Safeplay Code

    * Tough Love in League

    * Referee Development

    * Forum for General Questions

    All parties were respectful in presenting their opinions with clarification provided across a number of key areas in the game. The session was not just a sit & listen exercise, with video footage being presented & a healthy forum of discussion developing. Parramatta Junior League President Wayne Smith was in attendance & provided a further dimension to discussions, often being prompted to answer particular questions from a junior league perspective. Thanks to Jason Ndeira for his development of the concept & work in organising the session as well as those that presented on the night in Andrew Essey, Patrick Mackey & Daniel Luttringer.

    The association put on a BBQ for the attendees which facilitated further discussion & good will at the completion of the information session. A huge thanks must go to Jake Petes-McDonald & the social committee, particularly Isidor Orland & Bernard Biala for their preparation of the BBQ on the evening. The initiative is one that Parramatta Referees hope to expand on throughout season 2014 & future seasons.

  • 13 Mar 2014 7:15 PM | Anonymous member

    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.

  • 12 Mar 2014 6:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Trials Week 2 and Membership Forms are now available from the website.

    Click here to view appointments

    Click here to download forms

    Members cannot be appointed until all paperwork has been completed.
  • 05 Mar 2014 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Association members can now download their appointments online through the MyRefs site. To download them, click here.

    This facility is only available to association members. If you are a member and dont have access, please email the webmaster.
  • 27 Feb 2014 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The 2014 laws of rugby league are now available from the Rules page for download.

    The latest update of the International Laws as well as the Mini & Mod Laws are available to any member of the public.

    To download the laws, click here.
  • 16 Feb 2014 7:35 PM | Anonymous member
    In a great start to the season for Parramatta Referees, Gavin Reynolds officiated in the inaugural NRL Auckland 9's as a Touch Judge. A crowd of 45,403 were in attendance to watch the finale to the inaugural tournament. It was another impressive performance from Gavin who had two tight & crucial calls to make, which he got spot on. In the first half he correctly put his flag up to signal that Broncos enforcer Sam Thaiday had stepped out whilst trying to tippy toe down the touchline to score & similarly in the second stanza where Cowboys youngster Javid Bowen put his left foot on the whitewash as he too attempted to score a try. 

    The appointment was a very positive finish to a good weekend for Parramatta Referees. Gavin also officiated in two fixtures as the central referee, the first being the Storm vs the Panthers & then the Eels vs the Bulldogs.  
    The tournament also allowed us to get a glimpse of the potential of Kasey Badger, who performed to a very high standard as both a touch judge & in-goal touch judge in a number of fixtures on both Saturday & Sunday. With the tournament being her first appointment since joining the part time NRL Referees squad as part of the Female Match Officials program.  
    Fellow Parramatta Referee Alan Shortall also officiated in the tournament with two strong performances as a referee in the Saturday fixtures between the Sea Eagles & the Cowboys as well as the Rabbitohs vs the Storm. Once again Alan is showing signs of a strong season ahead.
    The full NRL Nines Grand Final team consisted of:
    Referee - Ben Cummins
    Touch Judges -  Brett Suttor & Gavin Reynolds
    In-goal Judges - Luke Phillips & Gavin Morris
    Standby Referee - Gerard Sutton


  • 16 Feb 2014 7:25 PM | Anonymous member
      Six candidates rocked up at Parramatta Marist High School for Parramatta Referees first face to face course of season 2014. With a few referees saying goodbye to Parramatta Referees at the conclusion of the 2013 it has been identified that we need a total of 15-20 new referees again in 2014 to consolidate the growth of previous seasons. Out of the six who attended the course today, two faces would be somewhat familiar to Parramatta Referees with Ellie El-Jammal & Samantha Skaros returning to refereeing after a number of seasons out of the game. With more prospective candidates still waiting to complete a face to face course, we again look in good shape to meet our recruitment targets for the season. The next course wil be held late March. So continue to spread the word about refereeing & encourage your mates to "Grab a Whistle in 2014!".


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