Rookie of the Year
The Rookie of the Year award is awarded to a referee who during their first season shows potential and significant achievement. In 2013, Parramatta Referees recruited over 30 new referees. However one referee was seen to be the cream of the crop with Robert Pahulu being chosen as the Rookie of the Year for 2013. Robert has settled into refereeing quickly, making his way to mod football and finishing the season with an U9/’s Grand Final. Congratulations Robert and we look forward to your continual development.
The Referees Referee is voted upon by the active members at the season’s end to highlight a referee who they believe has performed well and been a joy to run with. Daniel Luttringer was voted the Referees Referee for 2013. Daniel exhibits an irrepressible enthusiasm for refereeing both on and off the field. He epitomises the culture of Parramatta Referees as recognised by his fellow referees.
NRL Junior Achievement Award
The NRL Junior Achievement award acknowledges the on field improvement of a young referee who shows great development and potential. Shaun Madden, in his third year of refereeing has made great progress and as a result was named the recipient for 2013. Shaun refereed more international football throughout the 2013 season, finishing with the U13/4’s Grand Final which ended in a draw. Congratulations Shaun on your progress so far.
NRL Senior Achievement Award
The NRL Achievement awards are donated by the NRL to present to a senior and junior referee who exhibits improvement throughout the season and works towards the full potential. The 2013 recipient of the senior award was Jake Peters-McDonald. Jake had a highly successful year, making the junior representative squad, continuing his strong performances in senior football and then refereeing the U17/1’s & C1’s Tier A Grand Finals.
Junior Referee of the Year
Robert Morey & Robert Pahulu
The Junior Referee of the Year recognises a junior referee who is deemed to be the best performing throughout the season. In 2013, the appointments panel could not split Robert Morey and Robert Pahulu, who were named joint Junior Referee of the Year. Both softly spoken young gentlemen off the field, they have let their high quality of performances on the field do the talking in 2013. Robert Morey is in his fourth year of refereeing and continues to show plenty of potential for the future, this year refereeing the U14/3’s Grand Final. Rob Pahulu’s achievement is particularly significant as this was his first season of refereeing. Rob Pahulu quickly moved up the ranks into mod football during 2013 due to his willingness to listen and learn as well as his application to training each week.
Ernie Bull Trainer of the Year
The Trainer of the Year Award is named after the late Ernie Bull who was the trainer and a life member of the Association. The award is presented to a referee who turns up to training every week with the right attitude, doesn’t complain about the methods used and leads by example. Daniel Luttringer was the Trainer of the Year for 2013. He showed great dedication to training and put 100% effort into every session.
Bob Jones Most Improved Referee
The Bob Jones Trophy for the most improved referee is presented to a referee who has shown exceptional improvement throughout the course of the season, taking their refereeing to a new level. Ben McMurray was the worthy recipient of the award for 2013. Ben made his C grade debut during season 2013 and refereed 16’s & 17’s football on a regular basis. He was rewarded for his hard work with a trip to Bathurst to referee the under 18’s in which he performed very well. Although injury struck him towards the end of the season, he has developed a firm foundation to develop upon in future years.
Chris was appointed to the 2013 A Grade First Division Grand Final between Wentworthville Magpies and All Saints Toongabbie played at Ringrose Oval. The appointment to the Grand Final brings the status of being the number one referee in the Parramatta district. This was Chris’ 1stA1’s Grand Final after previous C Grade Grand Finals. Chris’ performances on the field throughout 2013 put him in good stead to start the Finals Series in the number one position and from there he did not let the spot go, refereeing some difficult fixtures very well. The referee who is appointed to the A1’ Grand Final receives the Jack Argent Patron’s Trophy. Chris was awarded the shield by current co-patrons Max Dunn and Ian McCall.