Parramatta District Rugby League 
Referees Association Inc.

Association Honours

Parramatta Referees has eleven honour awards that are bestowed on members annually. These honours reward members who demonstrate the values that the association holds dearly.


Life Memberbership 

The  2013 Annual General Meeting resolved that Anthony Ellard be awarded life membership. Anthony has made a  fantastic contribution to our association, as a coach and administrator member for many years. 

He was formally inducted as a life member at the 2014 Life Member dinner and Ladies  Night.

There was no nomination in 2014.



Darkie McCall Award 

The Darkie McCall award is presented annually to a member who has gone above and beyond in their contribution to the Association during the previous 12 months. The winner for 2013 was Jake Peters-McDonald.

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.



Jack Argent Trophy

The Patron’s Trophy is awarded each year to the referee who controls the A Grade 1st Division Grand Final for that season. The 2014 recipient of the award was Patrick Mackey. Pat controlled the 2014 A Grade 1st Division Grand Final between Hills District and All Saints Toongabbie at Ringrose Oval. The match was won by All Saints Toongabbie 30-12. Pat was officiating in first A1’s Grand Final as either a referee or a touch judge, doing both himself and the Association proud. The man in the middle was ably assisted by touch judges Danny Constantine and Tom Cambourn, who were also officiating in their first A1’s. He entered the finals series in very good form, after a stellar Junior Rep and NSWRL season. His position as the number one referee was a true reflection of how the season had played out. Unfortunately during the finals series Pat picked up a hamstring injury, which forced him to spend week two on the sidelines. He returned to the field a week later and didn’t relinquish top spot. Pat was presented with his jersey on Grand Final Day by Co-Patron Ian McCall and subsequently the trophy at the Grand Final Dinner by both Patrons, Ian McCall and Max Dunn. Upon accepting the award, Pat cited a number of experiences in the early stages of his refereeing career that gave him the drive and hunger to be the best possible referee that he could be.



Junior Achievement Award

The Junior Referee of the Year Award is presented to a junior referee who is deemed to perform best on-field throughout the season. Rob Pahulu becomes a back to back winner of the Junior Referee of the Year Award. He has taken to refereeing like a duck to water in relatively short period of time. In only his second season, Rob made his debut in International football, performing very well in multiple under 13’s fixtures. He refereed the U11/5’s Grand Final as well as the U11’s Convent Competition Grand Final. If Rob continues his development at the rate at which he is at the moment, then he may have to make a decision between playing and refereeing some time down the track.


Bob Jones Award

The Bob Jones Trophy is awarded to a referee who has shown significant development throughout the course of the season, ultimately being deemed the most improved referee. The winner for 2014 was Ben McMurray. Ben has had another very successful season, coming off the back of a very good 2013. Fortunately he went through this season injury free which allowed him to put his best foot forward. Ben has continued to be a big improver in senior football, refereeing C grade for the majority of season 2014. He cracked into the Sunday Grand Finals for the first time this season, refereeing the C Grade Division Two Grand Final. He performed very well in a tight match that went to golden point extra time.


Ernie Bull Award

The Ernie Bull Trainer of the Year Award recognises an active referee who puts 100% into every training session that they participate in. Danny Constantine was named the Trainer of the Year for 2014. Danny had a very good season on the field, making his A Grade 1st Division debut as well as being appointed as a touch judge to the A Grade 1st Division Grand Final. Undoubtedly, there was a correlation between his efforts at training and his on-field performances. Showing improvement in his ability to get into excellent positions to make crucial calls. Danny was able to make every training session during the season. He conducted himself with diligence and showed great leadership for the younger referees around him at training.



Rookie of the Year Award        

The Rookie of the Year Award acknowledges a referee who excelled in their first season with Parramatta Referees. Corey Fisher was one of many outstanding candidates and ultimately was named the winner of the Rookie of the Year for 2014. Corey joined Parramatta Referees from our second course of the year and has made quite an impression since that time. Corey reached mod football in his first season, which was largely due to his willingness to ask questions and listen to key coaching points. Corey capped off a very good season by refereeing the U8/1’s Grand Final.



NRL Achievement Award - Senior

The NRL Senior Achievement Award is donated by the NRL to recognise a senior referee who has continued to develop his/her refereeing throughout the course of the season. Todd Ripps was named the recipient of the award for 2014. This is Todd’s second NRL Achievement Award, after winning the junior category in 2012. Todd has come forward in leaps and bounds during season 2014. After solid progress in 2013, Todd got his first chance at refereeing under 16’s and 17’s matches. He refereed 16/17’s matches on a regular basis throughout the course of the season, performing consistently. Todd’s decision making and communication improved during the year, as did his confidence, which served him well in a number of keenly fought matches. He made his C Grade debut late in the season, which was a good reward for his impressive performances in both Saturday and Sunday football.



NRL Achievement Award - Junior

The NRL Junior Achievement Award is donated by the NRL to recognise a junior referee who has continued to develop their refereeing throughout the course of the season. Shaun Madden was named the recipient of the NRL Junior Achievement Award for 2014. Shaun is starting to make some big strides in his refereeing career. He made a good impression at the U11’s Primary School Championships played at Cronulla earlier this year.


Kevin Jeffes Award for Coach of the Year

The Coach of the Year Award is presented to a coach who has consistently provided quality coaching of referees throughout the season. The award is voted upon by active referees. Ken McNaught was the recipient for 2013 and in doing so becomes a third time winner. The longevity and quality of Ken’s coaching is a testament to his character.

The 2014 recipient is Ian Parnaby. Ian has returned to Parramatta Referees after a stint away from refereeing. His experience, ability to relate to his fellow referees and the quality of his coaching has made him a valuable commodity to Parramatta Referees.



Referees Referee

The Referees’ Referee was first awarded in 2007 to current graded Zbigniew Przeklasa-Adamski. The award recognises a member who is a leader both on and off the field. The recipient is determined from a ballot by the active referees. Daniel Luttringer becomes the second dual recipient of the award. His efforts throughout the year in supporting the development of referees across the grades as well as his consistency whilst officiating both within the district and in the junior representative competition has led to him being selected as the Referees’ Referee.


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