Refs Recognised at One Community Awards

A 60-year-old Canterbury-Bankstown referee is among the three finalists for the AAMI Service to Refereeing award to be presented at the fourth annual One Community Awards on Monday (Sept 27).

To be hosted during Grand Final week for the first time, the star-studded cocktail event at Sydney’s Town Hall will launch the most exciting array of Telstra Premiership Grand Final week celebrations in the game’s history.

The One Community Awards pay tribute to the game’s unsung heroes from across the country – the mums, dads, volunteers, coaches, teachers, development officers, clubs and officials – who tirelessly dedicate themselves to helping others enjoy the game.

The AAMI refereeing award, which recognises the commitment of a referee to providing a service to the community through the role of refereeing, is one of 10 awards to be presented.

Glenn Jeffcoat, 60, has been refereeing for over 20 years since injury prevented him from playing … and he still pulls on the boots every weekend of the rugby league season refereeing up to five games on a Saturday and similar on Sundays.

He also oversees the training of other referees in the Canterbury-Bankstown Referees’ Association.

AAMI will provide $2,500 to the winner.

The finalists are:

David Manson, Brisbane RLFA


David has led an illustrious refereeing career, spanning 39 years and over 400 first grade games, including 10 State of Origin matches, two Grand Finals and a World Cup match. He now is teaching young referees in his position as the Coaching and Development Officer for the Brisbane Referees Association, which has a network of over 400 referees in the Brisbane region. He still donates up to 20 hours of week to refereeing while providing full-time care for his handicapped daughter.

Anthony Fletcher, Group 9 RAO, CRL

Glenn Jeffcoat, Canterbury-Bankstown Referees’ Association.