The sky was the limit for Roger Shiels when he initiated his playing career in 1970.
Shiels had an eye for detail and was a fantastic game manager. He obtained his junior Referee’s Badge in 1971, received his Australian Badge in 1979, and his FIBA Badge in 1981.
Roger covered it all in the NBL. There wasn’t one major match that he didn’t know about. He refereed a massive 714 NBL games between 1979 and 2012.
The BNSW awarded him referee of the year for his consistent work for the state of NSW. His awards were given to him from 1989 until 1994, and again in 1997.
The city of Sydney recognised his ability to referee and continuous ability to deliver under pressure, and from 1989-1991 he was awarded Referee of the Year.
The Don Hutton Medal is given for excellence and there was nothing short of that in Roger’s career as he received it in 1987, 1990, 1993 and 1994.
His awards and achievements were flooding in and in 1998 he went one better by receiving the Australian Basketball Federation Merit award.
The year of 2001 was a great time for Roger. In the prime of his career, he picked up the NSW National Panel Referee of the Year.
He will go down as one of the best to referee in our country. Roger couldn’t have refereed many more games in his lifetime and the ones that he did were all officiated to their maximum potential.
In a career that expanded many years with a cluster of major events, Roger officiated at National Junior Championships, Senior Championships, and at several International Events, receiving numerous appointments to finals during this time.