16 May 2019

Hong Kong Referees celebrated another busy season with their Annual Awards Dinner held at the United Services Recreation Club on Saturday night. The Awards are a great opportunity to recognise Hong Kong referees exceptional performances domestically and on the world stage. Awards were presented in the following categories:

Most Improved Referee of the Year
Nominees: Sam Chan, Billy Chan, Owen Ford
Winner: Sam Chan

Emerging Referee of the Year
Nominees: Jan Tang, Morgan White, Karis Cheung
Winner: Morgan White

Referee Coach/Performance Reviewer of the Year
Nominees: Willy Chan, Andrew Tranent, Tobi Lothian
Winner: Andrew Tranent

Referee of the Year
Nominees: Rowan Turner, Craig Chan, Rory Crombie
Winner: Rory Crombie

Harry Brickwood Trophy (Service to the Referees’ Society)
Nominees: Moana Whatarau, Rick Cao, Steve Doleman
Winner: Rick Cao

The 31st trophy was also presented on the night to the club who provides the referees with the best hospitality and ensures a welcoming and positive environment at all their matches. This year Typhoons RFC took home the award.

Special mentions were also given to Gabriel Lee for the Asia Rugby Carlson Lin Match Officiating Award, Doris Chow for becoming an Honorary Member of the HKRU and to Malcolm Pratt who is leaving Hong Kong after 10 years of service through refereeing.

Guests were entertained following dinner by Derek Bevan MBE, who is a former Welsh International Referee and took charge of the 1991 World Cup Final.

This year’s award nominees reflect the emergence of the younger generation of referees taking up the whistle and taking advantage of the opportunities on offer through officiating in Hong Kong. Most Improved Referee of the Year Sam Chan has just returned from a Development trip to the National Secondary School 7s in London. Later in the year, Emerging Referee of the Year Morgan White and Referee of the Year Rory Crombie will head to New Zealand for two separate referee exchanges where they will be exposed to a high level of rugby. These trips give Hong Kong’s referees the chance to develop during the summer and hit the ground running when the season starts again in September.

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