Since 2008 the Len Jacobsen Memorial Trophy has been awarded by the general committee for outstanding achievement to the participation and contribution of a member to all aspects of the association. This trophy is seen as the most prestigious award within the association.
Before 2008 the award was made to the referee who obtained the highest grade during the year. In 1993, the Patron’s Trophy was renamed in honour of the late Leonard William (Len) Jacobsen OAM LM who passed away on the 4th December 1992.
Len was born 17th November 1913 and first joined the association in 1935, some nine years after the formation of the association. In his early years he achieved many appointments to important games as either a referee or touch judge, including:
- Brisbane A Grade referee 1937 – 1941;
- Bulimba Cup 1941 referee (Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba representative games);
- Geraghty Cup Final referee (former Murrumba Rugby League);
- Five Queensland v New South Wales games as a touch judge;
- Seven Brisbane A Grade finals as a touch judge; and
- Four international games as a touch judge.
After his retirement from active refereeing, Len took up various administration positions within the association including:
- Life Member 1954
- Patron 1980-1992
- Treasurer 1953-1956
- Registrar 1958-1983
Len also served two years on the appointment board and was made a life member of the Brisbane Rugby League in 1980.
Len was honored by her Majesty the Queen on the 11th June 1990 with the Order of Australia Medal (General Division) for his services to rugby league and to refereeing in particular. An achievement he was justly proud and recognised his very long (57 years) and dedicated service to not only our association but to the game in general.
Source: G Mines LM, President’s Report. Brisbane Rugby League Referees Association Incorporated 67th Annual Report 1993.
|Member and Year Awarded|
|Brian Roper||2018||Brett Suttor||2005|
|Tom Lightfoot||2017||Tony Maksoud||2004|
|Michael Wise||2016||Adam Neale||2003|
|Chris Wilson||2015||Tony Maksoud||2002|
|Alan Reese||2014||No award||2001|
|Ron Greentree||2013||Tony Maksoud||2000|
|Darryl Cross||2012||Tony Maksoud||1999|
|Scott Irvine||2011||Tony Maksoud||1998|
|Peter Gilson||2010||Stuart Berndt||1997|
|Darryl Cross||2009||Stuart Berndt||1996|
|Alex Sideris||2008||Stuart Berndt||1995|
|Micheal Wise||2007||Stuart Berndt||1994|
|Brett Suttor||2006||Stuart Berndt||1993|