01 Nov 2019
At the awards dinner of the Golden Lions Rugby Referees' Society at Rand Park Golf Club, the manager of South African referees, Banks Yantolo, presented a Springbok blazer to international referee Ashleigh Murray.
Judged by her appointments, Ashleigh, who is only 24, is the second-ranked female referee in South Africa's after high-flying Aimee Barrett-Theron. Ashleigh is about to embark on her second season as one of World Rugby's Sevens referees and earlier this year refereed her first Test matches at the qualifying tournament for the Women's World Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2021.
Her first Test was Kenya vs Uganda, her second Madagascar vs Uganda. The other country at the qualifiers was South Africa, who qualified.
Her next international appointments are to Sevens in Dubai, Cape Town, Langford (Canada) and Paris.
The Golden Lions Referees' Society's Award Winners
Referee of Year: Ashleigh Murray
Female Referee of the Year: Ashleigh Murray
Male Referee of the Year: Hernus Coetzee
Pirates: Penwell Magagula
Grade 1: Cameron Read
Grade 2: Enrico Plaatjie
Grade 3: JD le Roux
Chairman's Award: Philip du Toit
PR/Coach: Vynette Boshoff
Most Promising: Reghardt O'Neill
Most games: Sandile Dlamini
Most valuable Contribution: Charles Butler
Sponsor: Acme Pools
Highest Exam Mark: PD van der Merwe
Best Active Fitness: Graciano Pienaar
Best Club Contact: Alberton Rugby Club
Ambassador of the Year: Ashleigh Murray
Caption: Ashleigh Murray in the Springbok blazer she received at the Golden Lions Referees' Society's Annual Awards for 2019 at Rand Park Golf Club on 31 October 2019.
Left is Tiaan Jonker, Chairman of the Golden Lions Referees Society and on the right SA Rugby Referees Manager Banks Yantolo.
Credit: GLRU/Annemie Bester