Metricon Homes Supports Central Coast Referees Association as Major Sponsor

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that we have been able to secure a major sponsor for the next two seasons. We warmly welcome our new sponsor, Metricon Homes Pty Ltd. and they have already indicated an intention to have a very ‘hands on’ approach to our partnership. We have already spoken with the NSW Marketing Coordinator, Ms Gaby Gonzalez, and she is hoping to support us with a company presence at selected games including having the Metricon coffee van at venues along with give-aways for our Central Coast Rugby community in attendance at those venues.

We are also very much looking forward to hosting staff from Metricon, along with our other sponsors, Fabric Architectural Studio and Callaway Plumbing, to the annual CCRU Season Launch dinner on Friday evening 9 April. Thanks must go to the Metricon Homes Pty Ltd NSW State Marketing Manager, Ms Tia O’Brien for her support in securing this sponsorship.

Central Coast and Newcastle Referees Working Together

On an at times torrential downpour day on Saturday 13 February 2021 we saw 20 referees from both the Central Coast and Newcastle come together to officiate at the Mick “Whale” Curry Memorial Rugby Sevens tournament that was played at St John Oval in Charlestown as we continue to build a closer relationship between our two associations.

Central Coast Referees – Adam McArdle, David Hall, Jordan Bissaker, Matthew Raubenheimer, Scoot Thornton, Toby Kitchen, Tony Fisher

Newcastle Rugby Referees – Barney Collins, Dale McAuley, Declan Meagher, Des Gilbert, Jackson Bartley, Jarryd Logan, Mario Cinello, Michael Wallace, Nick Charters, Niklas Gall, Paul Meagher, Raymond Eade, Simon Bernard

Referee Coaches – Mark Eades, Rob D’Elboux and Paul Ryan

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Female Officials to lead the charge for Chikarovski Cup return to Sydney

Well done to Kate Thomson and Cerys O’Grady-Cousins on their appointments to the Chikarovski Cup.

New South Wales’ top female talent is ready to take to the field, in what promises to be a great showcase of women in rugby, with an all female match official panel set to take charge.

Referees Kate Thomson (Central Coast), Cerys O’Grady-Cousins (Central Coast), Kitiara Porter (Mid North Coast) and Caitlin Bokor (ACT) will be working together for all four games of the series.

Thomson, who was named NSWRU Match Official of the Year in 2019, said she’s excited to be a part of an all female team.

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​It is with great pleasure that we welcome our new sponsors for 2020-2022, Fabric Architecture Studio as our Gold Level sponsor and Callaway Plumbing as our Bronze Level sponsor.

​We were able to officially welcome these sponsors to our Association at a presentation last Thursday evening where Damien and Brent from Fabric Architecture Studio and Ben from Callaway Plumbing were introduced to our members and presented with Certificates of Recognition as well as Association shirts and caps.

​We are very much looking forward to a long and productive partnership with each.


​We have recently been informed that we have been successful in gaining a sponsorship grant from The Rugby Club Foundation to purchase a SoloShot3 65 camera to be used to video referees on the field of play and be used as a coaching tool to support referee development.

​This will be a valuable resource to support referee coaching strategies and we thank The Rugby Club Foundation for their donation.

Kate Thomson Referees NSW Country Women’s 7s Championship Final

​Congratulations to Kate Thomson who was selected to referee the final of the NSW Country Women’s 7s Carnival at Woy Woy Oval on 15 March, 2020.

​Kate was ranked as the number 1 referee of the four referees appointed to the carnival and as a result refereed the final between Newcastle Hunter and Central North zone teams.

​Another outstanding representation by one of our referees at NSW Country representative level.

Country Rugby Union Referees Appointments

​Congratulations to Kate Thomson and Cerys O’Grady-Cousins who have been selected by the NSW Country Referees Association to referee at the NSW Country Womens 7s Championships to be held at Woy Woy Oval on the 14 and 15 March, 2020.

​Unfortunately for Cerys, she sustained an injury at training recently and has had to withdraw from the carnival. However, there is no doubting that she will get many further opportunities for higher level appointments through her selection into the Rugby Australia Student Scholarship program.

​Congratulations to both ladies.


Congratulations to up and coming referee Peter Scholes who was appointed to the NSW Under 13, 15 and 17 State 7s Carnival held in Forster recently.  Peter impressed both on and off the field, representing our Association with distinction.

As a result of his performances, Pete has subsequently been invited to referee and two further state carnival before the end of the year.

Our Association’s future is certainly in good hands with young referees like Pete coming through the ranks.


Vic Whiteley has been a long term active member of our Association.

He first joined our Association in the early 1980s. Apart from a brief stint where Vic worked (and refereed) overseas, he has held continuous membership of our Association since that time.

In addition to his membership, Vic has been a wonderful contributor to our Association as an active referee, referee coach and member of the executive.

As an active referee, Vic was held in very high regard and not only reached the pinnacle within our Association of been appointed to games up to and including First Grade Grand Finals, but he ‘flew the flag’ for our Association by being appointed to games at both NSW Country and NSW level as well.

As a referee coach, Vic was one of the first referee coaches in Australia to be invited to complete the then new accreditation level of Level 3 Referee Coach. In doing this, Vic was a regular coach at Shute Shield level and was also involved in the early days of coaching Super Rugby games. Vic has been a committed and dedicated referee coach both on the Central Coast and within NSW Country where he has forged the development of many a referee over a career of approximately 20 years.

Vic has held many positions on the executive committee of the Central Coast Rugby Union Referees Association. Through the 1980s and 1990s, Vic served as Secretary of our Association and in recent years has supported the Association through positions as both President and Vice President. He has at all times done his best to promote refereeing and our Association while all the while having the best interest and welfare of the general membership at the forefront of his thinking and actions.

Vic Whiteley is one of the true gentlemen of Rugby with a passion for refereeing and Central Coast referees in particular. He has served our Association, NSW Country, NSW and Australian Rugby with distinction for many years. Vic truly deserves the honour of being inducted as a Life member of the Central Coast Rugby Union Referees Association.