Sport shorts: Macquarie Scorpions on the road; Samantha Newell referee of the year

TWO TRIES: Macquarie Scorpions' centre Royce Geoffrey. Picture: David Stewart

TWO TRIES: Macquarie Scorpions' centre Royce Geoffrey. Picture: David Stewart

Macquarie Scorpions will travel to take on Cessnock in Round 11 of the Newcastle Rugby League competition on Saturday. Macquarie are coming off a 38-14 loss to competition leaders Wests at Lyall Peacock Field. Macquarie centre Royce Geoffrey crossed for two tries, but that was matched by Wests' five-eighth Chad O'Donnell. Macquarie is on six competition points, and seventh on the ladder.

Samantha Newell referee of the year

One of Northern NSW Football's top up-and-coming referees, Samantha Newell, was named referee of the year as part of Female Football Week in June.

Rising through the ranks of Newcastle Football Referees to the state league, Newell said she initially became a referee six years ago to help her playing skills.

"I have a real passion for football and refereeing has allowed me to get involved in my local community whilst also gaining new friends within my branch.

"Being a referee has helped me gain greater confidence, become a stronger person and has taught me to step out of my comfort zone."

Newell showcased her talents at the recent FFA National Youth titles.

Macquarie Football's volunteer of the month

NATHAN Aurisch has been named Macquarie Football's Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month for June.

Nathan was nominated by Warners Bay FC for his ongoing commitment and dedication to football over a number of years.

Nathan works tirelessly around the clock to ensure everything runs smoothly and to make sure everything is organised, the club said.

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