Anyone who’s taken the whistle for one game knows the commitment and effort that goes into refereeing. So for someone to reach 1000 games is something special.
Newcastle referee Peter Cooke reached that milestone over the weekend, refereeing the Premier 2 match between Maitland Blacks and Hamilton Hawks.
Wet weather wasn’t going to dampen this celebration, with a last minute change of venue and fixture to make this feat possible.
Peter’s friends, wife, Newcastle Rugby Union Referees Association (NRURA) life members and other members who weren’t appointed that day turned out to cheer him on from the balcony.
Peter refereed the match in his typical, unflappable style with plenty of tries scored (Maitland defeated Hamilton 38-14).
That evening, guests came together for a COVID Safe celebration dinner and presentations for Peter.
He received presentations from NRURA, Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union, World Rugby, Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby Union.
Many great stories were shared by speakers who have been a part of Peter’s 50 years and 1000 games career.
NSWRU would like to offer it’s congratulations to Peter for his ongoing and incredible service to the game.