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3 Stars 2017 Week 03

3 Stars


Week 03
January 20, 2017


3 Stars 2017 Week 3


  1. Carol Anne Chenard Soccer Referee
  2. Kitchen Drain Hockey
  3. Referee Cake Pops

3rd Star


This week’s 3rd Star post made by Ashley Lloyd includes her link to the Let’s Mingle website where there is a recipe to make these Referee Cake Pops out of Oreo cookies. This is the perfect time of year for party favours and flavours as sports fans get ready for Super Bowl Sunday. You can see the entire collection of Officials101 party posts and recipes on the page we call Celebrating Success.



2nd Star


The 2nd Star goes to the Kitchen Drain Hockey Referees. Phillip Kitchen and Steven Drain officiated in the January 13th game between Quinnipiac and Colgate in Hamden, Connecticut.  They make a great team. Quinnipiac won the game 4-1 and you can check out the box score the ECAC Hockey Website.




1st Star


Week 3 1st Star goes to Carol Anne Chenard who won the 2016 CONCACAF Female Referee of the Year. Chenard had another very successful year that included the gold medal game for Women’s Soccer at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This Canada Soccer post, sharing the news of her win, was the post chosen to share news with the followers of Officials101. As one of the top officials in the world, the honour of this prestigious award was earned with hard work and well deserved by Chenard.



Stay tuned next week to see who, or what, is making the news in the world of sports officials. See you then! Jim


The 3 Stars are selected from the Officials101 posts and shares made in the last 7 days. This weekly feature is a fun way to showcase the top referee and umpire people and topics in the news from all sports. Selections are made on Friday morning and posted in the afternoon. There are no set rules or criteria so it is just as possible to see a birthday cake or your favourite local umpire as it is to see the top referees on the world stage. You can let us know who you think are the top sports officials by sharing and liking the posts that you find worthy of attention. We don’t go strictly off the numbers but we certainly take notice of which posts are the most popular with you. I hope you enjoyed our look at this week’s top referees and umpires in your favourite sports around the world!


3 Stars 2017 Top Referees and Umpires in the world today 


2017
Week 1 January 06
Week 2 January 13 
Week 4 January 27  
Week 5 February 03 
Week 6 February 10
Week 07 February 17 
Week 08 February 24


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3 Stars 2017 Week 02

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Week 02
January 13, 2017


The 3 Stars are selected from the Officials101 posts and shares made in the last 7 days. This weekly feature is a fun way to showcase the top referee and umpire people and topics in the news from all sports. Selections are made on Friday morning and posted in the afternoon. There are no set rules or criteria so it is just as possible to see a birthday cake or your favourite local umpire as it is to see the top referees on the world stage. You can let us know who you think are the top sports officials by sharing and liking the posts that you find worthy of attention. We don’t go strictly off the numbers but we certainly take notice of which posts are the most popular with you. Let’s take a look at this week’s winners!


3 Stars 2017 Week 2


 1. Mike Defee Football
 2. Referee Focus
 3. Cool License Plates


3rd Star


Officials101 is always on the lookout for posts that are unique, fun and interesting. When Twitter follower, Fire Eye Umpire, posted this photo of his new Utah license plate, it was irresistible and had to be shared on our website. For ingenuity, creativity and having the fun character to go get it done, this post is the 3rd Star for Week 2.



2nd Star


NHL Linesman, Jonny Murray, was working the lines in the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning this week. When Tampa Bay’s Gabriel Dumont and the Sabre’s captain, Brian Gionta came together in front of the Lightning’s bench, Murray was trapped. With no place to go but up and over the boards, he ended up in the Tampa Bay bench. Like a true professional, the unflappable Murray kept his focus and made the call from the bench. This onside call earned Jonny Murray the 2nd Star.



1st Star


When Big 12 football referee Mike Defee started the week his focus was all about preparing for the College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers. Defee had no idea that his workout and fitness program would instantly make him the most recognizable college football ref in the USA. Twitter pretty much exploded when football fans reacted to the huge biceps between the stripes and the whistle. Every time Defee made a call, the Officials101 search feeds were overloaded with comments and photos as sports fans shared their awe and admiration. I am not too sure if anyone noticed, but the game was a real thriller and the Tigers launched an incredible comeback to beat the Tide 35 – 31 in what some are calling the best championship game in history.



The 3 Stars feature was started on Twitter in January 2016. For 2017 the 3 Stars have been moved onto the website so we can share the details with you as well as the photos. Visit our 3 Stars archive to see which of your favourite referees and umpires made the news last year.

Stay tuned next week to see who, or what, is making the news in the world of sports officials. See you then!


3 Stars 2017 Top Referees and Umpires in the world today


January 2017
Week 1 January 06 
Week 3 January 20
Week 4 January 27 
Week 5 February 03 
Week 6 February 10  
Week 07 February 17  
Week 08 February 24


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3 Stars 2017 Week 01

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 Week 01
January 06 2017


The 3 Stars are selected from the Officials101 posts and shares made in the last 7 days. This weekly feature is a fun way to showcase the top referee and umpire people and topics in the news from all sports. Selections are made on Friday morning and posted in the afternoon. There are no set rules or criteria so it is just as possible to see a birthday cake or your favourite local umpire as it is to see the top referees on the world stage. You can let us know who you think are the top sports officials by sharing and liking the posts that you find worthy of attention. We don’t go strictly off the numbers but we certainly take notice of which posts are the most popular with you. Let’s take a look at this week’s winners!


3 Stars Week 1


  1. Violet Palmer Basketball
  2. Sian Massey-Ellis Football
  3. Tim Peel Hockey

3rd Star


NHL Hockey Referee #20, Tim Peel was back on his home turf in St. Louis this week, wearing the stripes in front of 46,000 fans at the 2017 NHL Winter Classic outdoor game in Busch Stadium. The stadium is normally home to baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals in the summer months but was converted to a hockey rink for this years’ showcase NHL game between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 02. As a Cardinal’s fan in the off-season, Peel was pretty excited to use the Umpire’s change room to prepare for the big night. St. Louis won the game 4-1.



2nd Star


Sian Massey-Ellis is a football referee in England. Based in Coventry, Massey-Ellis is a FIFA listed assistant referee who has worked Premier League and FA matches, including UEFA Euro and Champion’s League finals, and an impressive list of top women’s matches. Last week she was honoured with the Queen’s MBE Award for her services to the game of football. On and off the field, Sian Massey-Ellis is a leader and role model who inspires young women to participate in football, both as players and as referees.





1st Star


Violet Palmer is a 20 year veteran NBA Referee who is retiring from on court duties this season. This week she was honoured by the Los Angeles Lakers team for her incredible career. As the first NBA female referee, Palmer has opened the door for women to officiate in men’s professional sports everywhere. Her strength of character and skill on the court has earned her the title of the NBA First Lady and this week’s Officials101 First Star.



The 3 Stars feature was started on Twitter in January 2016. For 2017 the 3 Stars have been moved onto the website so we can share the details with you as well as the photos. Visit our 3 Stars archive to see which of your favourite referees and umpires made the news last year.

Stay tuned next week to see who, or what, is making the news in the world of sports officials. See you then!


3 Stars 2017 Top Referees and Umpires in the world today


January
Week 2 January 13 
Week 3 January 20 
Week 4 January 27
Week 5 February 03
Week 6 February 10
Week 07 February 17 
Week 08 February 24


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Steve Harland Rugby Referee

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Steve Harland Rugby Referee, is interviewed by the good people at KYBO of the Keep Your Boots On initiative in England. Harland talks about what it was like for him when he first started refereeing and the kind of support he received from his local referee society.

The Keep Your Boots On initiative is an England Rugby program that encourages and helps players to stay in the game as coaches and referees when their playing days are over. They provide inspiration, motivation and instruction on how to make the transition from player to referee. Follow them on any of their social media pages if you think you may want to carry a whistle one day. Whatever your sport is, the spirit and helpful advice of the KYBO program can help you too.


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Read our interview with Alhambra Nievas, just before she left for the 2016 Olympics. Alhambra put on an amazing performance that earned her the gold medal game and a second nomination as the 2016 World Rugby Referee of the Year. She won the prestigious award along with her friend and colleague, Rasta Rasivhenge in London England.


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Viktor Kassai Football Referee Calls 1st Penalty with VAR Technology

Viktor Kassai football 1st VAR penalty

Viktor Kassai made history earlier today when he used the Video Assistant Referee, or VAR, to call a penalty against Orlando Berrio of Atletico Nacional.

Viktor Kassai football 1st VAR penalty
The historic call was made in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match between Atletico, of Columbia, and the Kashima Antlers. The Kashima team is the current Japanese Champion, and after Shoma Dai scored on the penalty kick, they went on to win the game handily by a score of 3-0.

Viktor Kassai is 41 years old and hails from the country of Hungary. His international career began in the year 2003. After appearing in the 2007 U-20 World Cup, Kassai went on to appear in the final games at the Olympics, the World Cup and Champions League competitions. With this one penalty call, Viktor Kassai has become a sports trivia fact in pubs and clubs around the world.

With the win, Kashima becomes the first Japanese team to reach the finals in the Club World Cup. The final game will be played this Sunday at International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Real Madrid or Club America will play tomorrow to see who will compete against the Kashima club.


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