Congratulations Jeff Younis - 300 Not Out
On Saturday 2nd July, Jeff Younis became the latest member of the NRL "300 Club".
Pictured below receiving his commemorative match shirt from fellow "300 Club" member & legendary Touch Judge Paul Holland, Jeff was a touch judge in the Croinulla vs Cowboys match at Shark Park.
Like many great First Grade officials, Jeff started his refereeing career right here in Balmain.
After a successful playing career, Jeff joined the Balmain Referees Association and quickly rose through the ranks and establishing himself as a referee of great strength, charachter and determination. In 1998 Jeff refereed the Under 15's Grand Final whilst also making a strong contribution to the NSWRL Junior Reps Squad. In 2000, Jeff achieved his goal of joining the NSWRL Graded Referee ranks (Graded Member 869).
Once in Grade, Jeff's talents were quickly recognised and he progressed quickly to join the ranks of the NRL Match Officials Squad, joining fellow Balmain Referees Matt Cecchin, Sean Hampstead and Michael Jones in officiating at the highest level of the game.
Clearly Jeff is a cool, calm & relaxed person because despite his long, successful (and times stressful) NRL career, Jeff doesn't look like he's aged a day since his first Balmain Grand Final in 1992 (see below)
Whilst Jeff's achievements over a long & sustained career are a credit to himself, his family & his support network, Jeff's career (just like Matt, Sean & Michael) is yet another example of what can be achieved from a small District & Association like Balmain if you apply yourself to your goals and work hard.
Throughout his NRL career, Jeff has achieved every honour the game has to offer, including State of Origin, Test Matches & Grand Finals & I am sure all Balmain Referees will join in congratulating Jeff on his milestone achievement.