Major milestones broken for aspiring young NSW Referees


It’s been a fantastic start to the 2022 season for some of NSW’s highly talented young officials who have since made their rookie debuts in both the A-League Women’s and Men’s competitions respectively.

Mikayla Ryan made her fourth official debut on a historic match as she took part in Wellington Phoenix’s first ever ALW’s match when they took on the Western Sydney Wanderers on December 3rd at WIN Stadium. Ryan officiated alongside experienced FIFA referee, Casey Reibelt as well as assistant referees Misuk Park and Emma Kocbek.

Maddy Allum made her assistant referee debut in the A-Leagues Women’s encounter when the Newcastle Jets took on the Phoenix at McDonald Jones Stadium on December 10, 2021. Alongside Allum for her debut was also fellow Canterbury Referees Association assistant referee Maggie Price, who has had a number of seasons on the A-League Women’s competition. The referee of that match was Isabella Blaess and fourth official was Mikayla Ryan.

Sam Kelly made his fourth official debut in the A-League Men’s local derby clash at McDonald Jones Stadium when the Newcastle Jets took on the Central Coast Mariners on Sunday, November 21. Kelly worked with an experienced NSW crew, Kurt Ams and Lance Greenshields who both have FIFA badges, as well as Matt McOrist who has spent the last few years officiating in Australia’s top competition.

Amber Morris made her debut as an assistant referee in the ALW clash between the Sky Blues and the Newcastle Jets on Saturday, December 4 at Jubilee Stadium.  Morris has previously been appointed as a fourth official in the 2020/21 season, but December 4 was her official debut as an assistant referee on the national panel.

Hugh Fenton-White debuted as an assistant referee in the A-League Men’s clash between the Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanders on Saturday, December 18 at Central Coast Stadium. Fenton-White officiated with Lachlan Keevers, Andrej Giev and Tim Danaskos.

A huge congrats to the NSW referees who hit major milestones and are sure to hit many more in years to come.