This year was amazing as we witnessed Emma Kocbek become the first person trained by NRG to referee in the W league. Referee Manager Graham Chapman said ‘we made a commitment when we started NRG to have someone from this region on the W or A league within a decade and we achieved that goal in half that time. I am over the moon. Emma is a wonderful young lady that started refereeing in 2014 and she has listened and stayed focused. She is evidence that by putting in the time, remaining committed and never losing sight of your goal, dreams can come true. She debuted on the W league on the match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane. Equally as proud was the fact that her mentor and former NDSRA and now NRG referee Sarah Ho was on her senior line keeping a close eye on everything’.
Emma said after the match ‘this is one of the most exciting days of my life, a massive thanks to the NRG team for believing in me and guiding me through. This is just the start, I would love to referee on the W league one day so I am going to continue the hard work and focus.’