Jacko's Big Night

Congratulations to Illawarra Association's Ryan Jackson on his big night at the Brad Fittler Medal Awards Night on Monday where he was named the NSWRL Grade Referee of the Year. It caps a great year for Ryan who follows on from another Illawarra product in Liam Nicholls who won the same award over the past two years. It's interesting to note that Ryan's first Grand Final in Illawarra was back in 2001 when he controlled the local Under 16-2 decider and his touch judges were Liam Nicholls and current fellow NSWRLRA Graded Member, Darren Van de Moosdyk.
Ryan is also in the running to take another of Liam's batons when he runs out this weekend to control one of the Finals of the Intrust Super Premiership at Leichhardt Oval which is one game away from the Grand Final. Good luck, Ryan from all in the Country Refs.


Steve Clark Visits Training

A great roll up tonight for training tonight under special guest coach, Steve Clark from the NRL. Fantastic to see so many of the newer members mixing it with the senior ones. Steve provided some extremely useful drills on 5 and 10 metres, reaction time and goal line positioning mixed in with some fitness work.
Many thanks to Steve for coming down to run our session and he has said that it won't be the last time.
Well done to all who attended and thanks to the Association for the post training BBQ.



New Appointment

The Illawarra Rugby League Board of Management has appointed a new Referees Co-Ordinator in former Illawarra Grand Final and NRL Referee, Tony Delasheras who is also a Life Member of our Association. Tony will continue the great work of his predecessor, Scott Murphy, in identifying and developing new talent to reach the top in the Illawarra ranks.

Another new appointment has been made by the Illawarra Executive when they named Association VP Michael Chin as the Illawarra Referees Development Officer under the new CRLRA structure where each Association will have its own Development Officer funded by the CRLRA in place of having its part-time Regional Development Officers.

 



New Recruits

2016 sees some new faces among the refereeing ranks with most of them being newly accredited whistle-blowers thanks to the efforts of our Provider in Frank Leonard.

Last Sunday week we had the face-to-face course at Berkeley conducted by Frank with the support of Mitch James, Scott Murphy and Steve Brown where we put seventeen new referees through the course. They are William Cambourn, Dylan Boyd (yes, another one, brother of Bryce and Brayden), Cooper Winklebauer, Callum Blight, Clay Brett, Jackson Valk, Cooper Corcoran, Wil Heffernan, Jayden Tye, Ethan & Noah Galway (grandsons of Steve Brown), Brock Sepulveda, Jhet Steyger, Callum Reh, Emily-Jo Smith (who will referee in Gp 7), Michael Innes and Billy Parremore (who has returned to us after a break).

Already Callum Blight, William Cambourn, Ethan & Noah Galway, Wil Heffernan, Michael Innes, Billy Parremore, Brock Sepulveda, Jhet Steyger, Jayden Tye and Jackson Valk have joined our Association with some of them already having controlled their first games on the weekend.

As well s these newly accredited referees we also have a new member who joins us from Group 7 in the form of  Paul Lees who we will welcome into our senior ranks. Paul has considerable experience in refereeing seniors and will be a great asset to us in our own senior competition. We did a trade with Group 7 as long term Illawarra member, Larry Kent has left us this year for our southern cousins.

So if you see any of these new members around then please make them welcome into our Association just as you were welcomed when you first started. Give them the help and assistance that you would expect to receive if you arrived in a new place for the first time.

 



A New Mini DVD

Congratulations to Darren Van de Moosdyk and Nicola on the safe arrival of their beautiful little girl at the start of the month. DVD has had a grin from ear-to-ear ever since and it’s much bigger than the one that he normally carries.

It’s about time that we had a new addition to our kids Xmas Tree list as last year’s Santa gifts were few and far between due to a lack of nominations. So welcome Mini-DVD.

 



Astill Gets a Final

Illawarra Referees Secretary has been appointed to the Final of the CRL Tier 2 Championships to be played at Willow Glen Stadium Mudgee on Saturday 20th June 2015. Thisis the second year that Andrew has been appointed to the Tier 2 Final and places him as the number 2 referee in the CRL

Congratulations Andrew on such a significant achievement.



Illawarra Life Member on MOL National Board

Illawarra Referees' Association Life Member Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin has been appointed to the Men of League Foundation's National Board. Steve was an active member of the Illawarra Referees back in the 1980's when he served as the Association Treasurer for two years followed by Secretary for another two years. He controlled the Division's 1984 First Grade Grand Final then took his whistle to Federal Parliament where was the Parliamentary Speaker.
The CRLRA of which Steve was a member back in his active career congratulates him on this most important appointment.




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Notice Board

Some dates for your calendar:-

  • July 17 - General Meeting at Berkeley Sports & Social Club 7.30pm
  • July 22 - Trivia Night at Berkeley Sports & Social Club.
  • September 4 - General Meeting at Berkeley Sports & Social Club 7.30pm
  • October 14 - Annual Dinner & Presentation Night. Venue TBA

Training is held at Centenary Park at Cringila on Tuesday nights commencing at 6.20pm.

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