Dewsbury and Batley referees celebrate superb year

Dewsbury and Batley Rugby League Referees' Society awards 2012
Dewsbury and Batley Rugby League Referees' Society awards 2012

THE Dewsbury and Batley Rugby League Referees Society turned their annual meeting into a night of celebration.

With over 70 members and guests in attendance the outgoing president James Child reflected on what had been an absolutely brilliant year for the society.

He said, “The society, which still remains the best one in the country, was represented at nearly every level of the game both professional and amateur, clearly demonstrating the breadth of experience.”

Members were appointed to officiate in virtually all the major games during the year including the Super League Grand Final between Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves, the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, the Anzac Test (Australia v New Zealand), International Origin Series, World Club Challenge, 2013 World Cup Qualifiers, 2012 Autumn Internationals, Northern Rail Cup Final, Championship One Grand Final, Under-20s Grand Final, National Conference League Grand Final and all the local amateur finals.

Two Dewsbury and Batley members were also nominated for Championship Referee of the Year and NCL Referee of the Year awards.

The society’s election of officers for 2013 were also made.

President will be Brandon Robinson, with Jamie Leahy as vice president.

Treasurer is John Haigh, secretary Colin Child, with training and development chairman being Michael Mannifield.

A number of awards were also handed out to Dewsbury and Batley members on the evening.

Michael Mannifield capped a memorable year by picking up two awards, the Len Thompson Trophy (for clubman of the year) and the Rex Milner Trophy (most improved referee of the year).

Simon Ellis was awarded the junior referee of the year.

George Silverwood and John Haigh were made life members for their long and sterling service to the society.

The Dewsbury and Batley society always welcome prospective new referees to their society and anyone interested in taking up refereeing can email dewsburyandbatleyrefs@gmail.com.