The Newcastle Coalfields Rugby League Referees Association has a long and proud history borne of the merger of the Newcastle Referees and Maitland Referees in 2009. Rugby League refereeing has been present in the Newcastle and Hunter regions since the inception of the game in Australia.
We provide referees to the Newcastle/Hunter and Maitland competitions from the Junior game (from u/8's) to the premier regional rugby league senior competitions - the Newcastle Hunter Community Rugby League and the Newcastle Rugby League
We welcome all referees to the Newcastle area and continue to strive to provide excellent match officials to our local competitions, the National Rugby League and international competitions.
First Games in Newcastle
The first games played in our modern Newcastle competitions were:
SOUTHS v WESTS - 14th May 1910
Referee: Mr. E Lees
CENTRAL v NORTHS - 14th May 1910
Referee: Mr. F Richardson
The Newcastle Coalfields Referees Association (NCRLRA) was formed in 2008. It was a merger between the 2 major referee groups in the Newcastle/Lower Hunter/Upper Hunter/Maitland regions. The 2 associations that came together were the Newcastle District Rugby League Referees Association (NDRLRA) and the Maitland Rugby League Referees Association. This began a united approach and professional future for refereeing Rugby League in the Newcastle region.
2020 marks the 12th Anniversary of the NCRLRA. Newcastle referee associations have provided referees for Rugby League Matches since 14th May 1910. We have a number of notable referees who have reached the pinnacle of the game.