Born: 19 February 1959, Christchurch
Occupation: Professor of Economics, Lincoln
Hobbies: This is my hobby; otherwise my
academic work keeps me very busy.
played soccer since I was 8, but had to give up playing for a couple of years after a bad broken ankle in 1996 (is there a
good broken ankle?). I played one more season, but then decided to try refereeing. I started in 1999. In 2000 I was awarded
the J.E. Jones Memorial Trophy for most improved referee not a New Zealand Badge Holder. In 2001 I was awarded the I. Billcliff
cup for most improved referee awarded their New Zealand Badge in the previous two years. In 2002 I was awarded the L.J. Holland
Memorial Cup for the most improved New Zealand Badge Holder. In 2003 I was awarded the CSRA Trophy for Assistant Referee of
I became a Referee:
I saw refereeing as second-best to playing, but I now wish I had made the switch much earlier in my career. Refereeing involves
many of the same skills of fitness, anticipation and positioning that playing requires, and a good refereeing performance
can be very satisfying.
highlight of my playing career occurred when I saved a penalty as a nine-year-old to win a game against the top team in our
group; everything was pretty much down hill after that. The highlight of my refereeing career was joining Wayne Stapley as
the Assistant Referees for the 2003 Chatham Cup at North Harbour Stadium.