A big congratulations to Josh Hobman of Central Football who has won McDonalds Referee of the Year 2023.

"At the age of 13 I started to coach a first kicks football team, and so started my football refereeing journey. From taking the whistle for First Kicks, I progressed to running the line with my mum for my dad's premier grade football team when an AR wasn't appointed. At the age of 14 mum encouraged me to actually sit my level 1 referee's badge and she sat it with me. From there I was officially appointed to AR Taranaki Premier Grade football matches, and then was officially appointed to my first match in the middle at age 15 (Taranaki Women's grade), through to now officiating at Taranaki Cup finals. In October I also went over to officiate at National U19 tournament in Napier. In between doing official refereeing duties I play football and also volunteered my time to referee local junior and youth teams; 9th grade through to 15th grade which I do this nearly every Saturday morning and also refereeing interschool football for local schools"


Congratulations to Phil Andrews from Pukekohe AFC who took home the title of 2022 McDonalds Community Football Referee of the Year.


A legend at Pukekohe AFC, Phil Andrews was nominated 13 times for the McDonalds Community Football Referee of the Year award. He was nominated for his passion for the game and willingness to always help out.

He is always the first person to put his hand up when a referee is needed, and he does this for home and away matches, often travelling all over Auckland with Pukekohe AFC to make sure their matches are refereed.

Without fail, rain or shine, Phil is at Pukekohe AFC refereeing games and has done so for the past 30 years. Also supporting from the sideline when not needed as a referee, Phil’s love for the game and positivity is what makes him stand out.

One nomination perfectly summarises Phil’s involvement:

"Phil is the true hero of Pukekohe AFC, and the club would struggle to run its games without him.”