Sydney South Rugby Referees Association Annual Presentation
At the recent Sydney South Rugby Referees Association Annual Presentation, three Waverley College students and a staff member were recognised for their achievements in refereeing this season.
Connor Andrews (7) received a Development Award. This award is given to a referee in their first year. To achieve a Development Award, the referee has been sighted by at least two referee coaches. Connor has taken to refereeing and shows a natural ability to be in charge. Connor has refereed Junior School games at Queens Park and for SJRU in the Friday Night and Sunday competitions.
Samuel Jagoe-Fisher (11) received the award for Most Improved Junior Referee. Samuel has continued to add to his collection of awards from SSRRA. In 2017, Samuel was awarded the ‘Rookie of the Year’. This season Samuel officiated at the U13 State Championships in Port Stephens. At this competition, Samuel was ranked second overall out of 15 referees and was AR1 for the Grand Final. This weekend, Samuel will be in charge of the U13B Grand Final between Forest and Vikings at St Luke’s Oval, Concord.
Daniel Andrews (12) received the award for the Best Junior Referee. Daniel, along with Stephen Davies (12) were our recipients of the ARU School Student Scholarship (SSS) 2018. At the U14 State Championships in Orange, Daniel was the highest ranked referee and he officiated the Grand Final. This year, Daniel has refereed SJRU U15s fixtures with ease and this weekend he will referee the U14A Grand Final between Penrith and Vikings at Kingsdene Oval, Carlingford.
Mr. Richard Chen was awarded the John Dedrick Memorial Trophy for Clubman of the Year. John Dedrick was one of the most influential administrators in Australian Rugby. He was the inaugural Executive Director of the Australian Rugby Union who also refereed international teams as well as over 200 first-grade matches over a 30 year career. He was instrumental in organising the inaugural Rugby World Cup with New Zealand in 1987. John was a life member of the NSW Rugby Union Referee Association. The recipient of the John Dedrick Memorial Trophy is decided by vote, by all member of Sydney South Rugby Referees Association.
Good luck to all referees appointed this Friday night and on Sunday in the grand finals of the SJRU Competition.