Top referees receive awards

Ian Smith (left) presents the junior referee of the year trophy to Joe Stearne.

Ian Smith (left) presents the junior referee of the year trophy to Joe Stearne.

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CASTLEFORD and Featherstone RL Referees Society held its second annual awards night in the Featherstone Rovers clubhouse.

Craig Poskitt, of Castleford Tigers, was MC for the highly successful event.

Former Super League referee Ian Smith, now grade one referee coach for the Championship and Championship One, presented the awards and took part in an entertaining question and answer session where many topics were covered.

Award winners were - Junior touch judge of the year: Tom Hargreaves. Junior referee of the year: Joe Stearne. Senior touch judge of the year: Dave Griffiths and Bob Stokes. Senior referee of the year: Gareth Billingham. Martin Bingley award for most improved official: Dan Robinson. Society member of the year: Dave Merrick.

A raffle on the night raised £150. The society would like to thank everyone for their donations, especially Stephanie Overton of Featherstone Rovers and Stuart Duffy of Bradford Bulls for donating signed shirts.