Around the Clubs

Super Sean lives for sport and others

June 1st, 2021

By all accounts, Maclean’s Sean McFarlane is a young man of utmost quality.
The Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Month is a gong well deserved – yet it’s just one sliver of a picture of a well rounded, and intentioned, teenager.
Sean has just celebrated his 18th birthday – and is somehow cramming in a feast of sports’ pursuits while prepping for the HSC at Maclean High.
“He’s just got off the golf course. He loves anything sport – cricket, tennis, squash, golf, you name it,” mum Tracey said.
Football naturally is where it’s at – and as a Level 3 referee, Sean can be in the centre for women’s 2nd Division, men’s 3rds, Under 16s and NPL matches in Coffs.
“And I still play as well – for the Maclean Bobcats reserves as a goalkeeper,” Sean said.
“I just love the game so much and I’ve always had a good mind for it.
“I like helping other people too, especially the younger referees. I actually get as much adrenaline out of reffing as I do playing.”
That special insight of being on both sides of the whistle – as an official and as a player – gives understanding.
Away from the pitch, courts, wickets and golf course – Sean is just as keen.
He completed the testing Duke of Edinburgh Awards program, where his nominated component of ‘skill’ was football officiating.
But, wait, there’s more.
“Through a group called the Antipodeans, he went to Cambodia and they took soccer gear over there (for the locals) and played games with the kids,” Tracey said.
“He’s really big on giving back – whether it’s through soccer or helping the little kids with MILO cricket.”
Photo: Sean McFarlane

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