REGION 1 PRESIDENT’S CUP:
WNYSRA sent 5 referees and one assessor to the tournament this year in Slippery Rock, PA. They were Bojan Atanasovski, Jonathan Bilinski, Evan Holl, Daniel Kaluzhnyy and Ankur Singh. John Kramer attended as an assessor.
Of particular note was the fact that Jonathan Bilinski was invited to the National President’s Cup finals based on his performance at the tournament. This is the 2nd year in a row that WNYSRA has had someone invited to the national event.
Also of note, WNYSRA Assessor Kevin Barci was invited to the tournament as the lead assessor and WNY helped another region 1 state by sending Steve Montanino as an assessor.
REGION 1 ODP TOURNAMENT:
10 referees and 2 assessors attended the event held the weekend after state cup in the Lawrenceville/Princeton area of New Jersey. Assessors attending were Dick Reif and Sam Akinbami. Referees in attendance were Mackenzie App, Mason Callahan, Drake Garner, Michael Guzzetta, Daniel Kaluzhnyy, Khiem Chau, Charles Loweecey, Bojan Atanasovski, Antonio Triana and Nicholas Wodo.
Due to the level of their performance at this tournament, both Nicholas Wodo and Daniel Kaluzhnyy were invited to the regional finals in Kirkwood, DE. Of special note, Nicholas Wodo was invited to attend the National ODP FInals based on his performance at the Region 1 Finals.
DIRECTOR’S PREMIER LEAGUE FINALS:
Western New York nominated two referees to attend the finals in Kirkwood Delaware. They were Rabee Naji of Buffalo and Daniel Kaluzhnnyy of Binghamton.
Once again, Rabee Naji was invited to represent the Premier league at the Region 1 Championships.
REGION 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
15 referees and 2 assessors attended the Region 1 Championships at Huntington, WV this year. For many of the referees, this was their first year at the tournament and I am happy to say that they represented Western New York extremely well. Assessors attending were Dick Reif and John Kramer. Referees invited to the tournament were Mackenzie App, Bojan Atanasovski, Jonathan Bilinski, Mason Callahan, Jeffrey Cook, Michael Guzzetta, Ellena Holl, Evan Holl, Daniel Kaluzhnyy, Brianne Lilly, Charles Loweecey, David Rousseau, Amy Shmoys, Jwan Smith and from the Premier League Rabee Naji. Unfortunately, our 16th invited referee, Ankur Singh, had a family emergency only two days before the tournament and was unable to make the trip.
All but 3 of our referees were assigned to semis with centers going to Jonathan Bilinski, Under 12 Boys Small Sided; Brianne Lilly, Under 12 Girls Small Sided; Mackenzie App, Under 14 Girls and Jeffrey Cook, Under 17 Boys.
Three of our referees received final assignments. Those were Rabee Naji, Under 12 Girls Small Sided Center; Daniel Kaluzhnny, Under 16 Boys AR1; and Jeffrey Cook, Under 17 Boys as a fouth official.
Of note, Jeffrey Cook was sent to the National Finals based on his performance at regionals.
JEFFREY COOK preparing for a quick reversal in his semi-final match at the regional championships.
JJ BILINSKI looks on as players move toward the ball.
NICK WODO in position for the attack.
BRIANNE LILLY anticipating play in her semi-final match at the Regional Championships.
MACKENZIE APP enjoys a brief laugh with a group of players during a match at the Regional Championships.