Dubai Selections

Richard Gordon

The Executive would like to congratulate the following two referees on their selection to represent the WRRA at the 2014 Dubai 7s in December – Richard Gordon and Scott Kennedy. This year we are sending two referees because Ben O’Keeffe last year refereed the final which allowed us one extra referee. Both experienced 7s referees, Richard and Scott will be fine tuning their 7s refereeing on the local circuit before heading to Dubai.

Scott Kennedy

The coach selection process has altered this year in that the Dubai 7’s selection committee will make a selection, and once we have confirmation, this will be announced.

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Annual Awards 2014

On Friday night in the Long Room at the Hutt Rec, the WRRA Annual Awards were held. Here is the list of the Award Winners

Ethan Loveridge – Most Promising 2nd Year Referee

Cummins Cup for Most Promising 2nd year Referee Ethan Loveridge
Lougher (“Luffer”) Cup for Most Improved Level Three Referee Aaron Conlon
Joe Beagle Memorial Cup for Most Promising Level Two Referee Daniel Mangin
Hugh Jacobs Trophy for Most Promising Premier Referee Vincent Ringrose
The Joe O’Brien Memorial Service Award Warrick Bowden
50 Premier Games Richard Gordon

1st Year Top 5

Top Fives
Level One   Level Two   Level Three
Ben O’Keeffe Daniel Mangin Colin Te Pohe
Vincent Ringrose Ray McMillan Aaron Conlon
Richard Gordon Bradley Jackman Jordan Price
Nick Hogan Warrick Bowden Scott MacLean
Chris Graham Greg Binning Vinnie Wylie
Level Four   Level Five   New Referees
Vaero Hagai Cameron Chalmers Ben van Berkel
Scott Mariner Lawrence Hunter Brendan Trass
Zinny McCormick Cameron Roseingrave Tony Turnock
Richard Denholm Ian Laing Bradley Newson
Ethan Loveridge Jack Sargentina

Warwick Bowden – Bill O’Brien Service Award

Top Mark Level One Ray McMillan 90%
Mike Pinfold 90%
Callum Urquhart 90%
Top Mark Level Two David Walsh 92%
Ben O’Keeffe 92%

Here is the link to see all the photos from the evening thanks to Refereeworx

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Thank you from Aaron Conlon

My apologies – being put on the spot at the Awards Dinner last night did not serve me well! It is for this reason that I would like to take this opportunity to personally and publicly thank the individuals that have contributed to my refereeing this far.

Firstly I would like to acknowledge the efforts of David Walsh and Warrick Bowden in getting me involved with refereeing. I appreciate the opportunities that you have made available to me and am grateful for your ongoing support.

Secondly I would like to thank the appointments panel, Mark and Jared, for the many great appointment opportunities I have had this year.

The WRRA coaches and promotions panel, Tim, Bernie and Gary. Thank you for the times you have attended my games and offered wise advice in my development. I appreciate being given the opportunity to referee at levels beyond my expectations and look forward to what next year has to offer.

Finally, I would like to extend my immense gratitude to Warren Quennell for all your hard work over the past two years. I am eternally grateful for the times you have stood in the harsh Wellington weather conditions to be there and support me. I have you to thank for my refereeing capabilities and for the opportunities that have been made available to me in the time that we have worked together. I appreciate the time and effort that you have contributed to my development and look forward to continuing to work with you into the future. Warren, thank you.

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BLK – enabling Wellington Referees during 2014


BLK isn’t just a name, it’s an attitude driven by a deliberate and defining insight – that nothing new ever comes from the known; that real innovation, real design and real improvements in performance come only from operating outside the boundaries of everything that’s gone before.

This absolute refusal to merely repeat or refine the past but to relentlessly push beyond all limits known, is a philosophy instilled in BLK from its early beginnings as KooGa Australia. Today that philosophy is reflected in the ground-breaking training gear and performance apparel worn by over 4,000 teams around the world, including national representative sides such as the Wellington Lions, Manu Samoa Rugby Union, Fiji Rugby Union, Canterbury Rugby Football Union, Tongan Rugby League and the Wellington Rugby Referees Association.

In Australia BLK is synonymous with champion teams across all codes of contact football including Rugby Union’s Queensland Reds, Western Force and Melbourne Rebels; NRL’s Melbourne Storm, Gold Coast Titans; AFL’s Brisbane Lions, Richmond Tigers and the Western Bulldogs.

But BLK is much more than just the choice of champions of today, it’s also a passionate investor in the thousands of clubs and schools that are the nurseries of the yet-unknown champions of tomorrow. Ultimately, BLK is an attitude shared by every serious athlete who considers their personal best not as a benchmark but as an ever-new starting point for what’s infinitely and excitingly possible when you dare to step outside the limits of the known.

To see BLK’s Core and Performance ranges please visit the BLK website by clicking the BLK logo or contact Paul Latham on 027 27 87 087.

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ITM Cup tickets – Friday 29 August


Friday 29 August 2014
Gates Open: 6pm
Kick Off: 7.35pm

Additional tickets are available for this home fixture at Westpac Stadium on a first come, first served basis, for as many as someone may want for their family/friends.

Please email your request to Ian Dallas.

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Wellington 7’s

Tickets available for ordering now

  • Orders must be received by Monday 8th September
  • If you place an order, you must pay for tickets – your responsibility
  • As many tickets as you like

Pricing :
Premier – $239
General – $195
Child(U-18,with a family) – $40

Replies to : Ian Dallas

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WRRA Awards Dinner and Payout

Date:              Friday 5th September
Venue:          The Long Room, Hutt Recreation Ground Grandstand, Myrtle St (northern entrance) or Woburn Rd (southern entrance), Lower Hutt
Time:              6:30pm for a 7:00pm start
Cost:               $45 per person.  For members under the age of 18 the cost is $25 but they must have a parent or guardian attend with them and the cost for that parent/guardian is also reduced to $25.

The Awards Dinner is our principal annual social event to which all members and their husbands/wives/partners/parents are invited.

For catering and budgeting purposes, we need to know, ahead of time, who is attending.  Please send notification before 28th August to our chairman, Ian Dallas, at

This is also our annual “Payout Night” where active referees and referee coaches are provided with a reimbursement to cover some of their travel expenses for the season.  You can arrange to have $45 deducted from your payout (assuming you have earned at least $45) to cover the cost of a ticket to the Awards Dinner.  You can also make payment, for your Awards Dinner ticket, to the WRRA bank account.

Internet Banking:
-       a/c number 02-0544-0205928-000 (BNZ Petone, Wgtn Rugby Referees Assoc)
–       please ensure that you put your name and “2014 Awards Dinner” in the reference fields so that your payment can be identified

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Wainui Rugby club fundraiser

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2014 WRRA Awards Dinner

Due to the Wellington Lions playing a home game, the WRRA Awards Dinner will be moved from the original date.  New date and location to be advised in the next couple of days.

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WRRA quiz night to be held:
When:  Monday 11 August 2014, 7PM start
Where:  Petone Rugby Football club

Prizes – all donations of prizes will be gratefully accepted.  If you are able to provide merchandise or services as prizes, please notify Ian Dallas and/or Steve Newson.

The WRRA will provide a “bar tab” for beer, wine and juice.  Nibbles and finger-food will be provided.

Please email Ian Dallas so as to give an indication of numbers for catering purposes.

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