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Final Appointments Announced for 2016 Club Rugby

Finals appointments were announced at the annual Referee Awards Evening this year held at the Cambridge Cosmopolitan Club. Trying to do something different from previous years, Graham Bowen - convenor of referee appointments announced the 2016 club finals referees. This season will see a number of referees referee in their first final in the Waikato.

Finals appointments are listed below:

Premier Final - Michael Winter (Hamilton RRA)
Premier B Final - Lee Jeffrey (Hamilton RRA)
Division 1 - Top 6 - Paul Head (Hamilton RRA)
Division 1 - Bottom 6 - Thinus du Preez (Cambridge RRA)
Division 1B - Top 6 - Campbell Thomas (Hamilton RRA) 
Division 1B - Bottom 6 - Mike Gregan (North Waikato RRA) 
Division 2 - Top 6 - Dave Fryer 
Division 2 - Bottom 6 - John Hoyle (Hamilton RRA) 
Under 85kg - Andrew Vercoe (Hamilton RRA) 
Colts - Ben Woolerton (Hamilton RRA)
13th Grade - Ben Brownlie (Morrinsville/Matamata RRA)


2016 Waikato Referee Awards Evening

The Waikato Rugby Referees Association hosted their annual awards evening on Saturday 9th July out at the Cambridge Cosmopolitan Club. Heading into semi-finals and finals weekends the appointments officers announced those upcoming appointments followed by the major award winners (as listed below).

As part of our awards evening we acknowledge our members who had completed a significant amount of services to referees throughout their career. Recipients of these awards received their service award from New Zealand Rugby, recipients as per below:


Damian Botherway, Michael Robinson, Ryan Cox & Aaron Paterson


Peter Jones, Bill Heslop, Lee Jeffrey, Robin Hapi & Kevin Clarke


John Gould, Graham Bowen, Paul Jeffrey & Grant Cotterell


Frank Howard, Jonathon Brown, Brian Fisher, Frank Brownhill, John Willis & John Parker


Pat Lambert

Building from last year’s good turn out, we had 78 people attend our awards evening – an event we are looking to build on year to year.


Recipients of awards for 2015 are below:

Best First Year Referee – Greg New (Hamilton RRA)

Colin Gregan Memorial - Most Improved Referee – Jake O’Flaherty (Morrinsville/Matamata RRA)

President’s Award – Ryan Cox (Hamilton RRA)

Roy Gillies Memorial - Services to Refereeing – Kevin Clarke (Cambridge RRA)

AMI Insurance - Referee of the Year – Damian Botherway (North Waikato RRA)




Waikato Rugby referees were well represented at the 2016 Bayleys National Sevens on the 16th & 17th of January, hosted at the Rotorua International Stadium.

Michael Winter was selected by NZR to be one of the six officials for the men’s competition. Jake O'Flaherty, Mike Gregan, Josh Bull, Ben Brownlie, Larissa Collingwood and Glenn Foote attended as assistant referees, sub-controllers and sideline managers across the men’s and women’s competition over the two days.

Larissa was appointed as an AR for the women’s championship final.

Being part of the team of 60 referees and officials was a great opportunity for WRRA Referees to be involved in a NZR high performance environment and a good chance to interact with some of New Zealand’s best sevens referees and referee coaches.

Host union Bay of Plenty did a fantastic job, arranging accommodation for our officials and were great support throughout the weekend.






The Waikato Rugby Referees Association hosted their annual awards evening on Saturday 11th July out at the Te Awamutu RSA. This was the weekend of club semi-finals, and after a big day out on the field, we had a great evening celebrating the achievements of our referees and the contribution all of our referees and their families make to rugby in the Waikato.

We had 50 referees and partners attend a fantastic evening, with a great meal and fun time had by all.

Recipients of awards for 2015 were:

Best First Year Referee – Glenn Foote (NWRRA)

Colin Gregan Memorial - Most Improved Referee – Michael Winter (HRRA)

President’s Award – Wayne Hackett (HRRA)

Roy Gillies Memorial - Services to Refereeing – Bill Heslop (NWRRA)

AMI Insurance - Referee of the Year – Aaron Paterson (HRRA)