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Football Federation Australia has announced Gold Coast-raised Kate Jacewicz will referee her seventh Westfield W-League Grand Final on Sunday.
Jacewicz is vastly experienced at both domestical and international level and the appointment continues her record of refereeing all but one Grand Final in the competition’s eight-year history.
Assistant Referee Renae Coghill and Additional Assistant Referee Rebecca Durcau round out a strong Queensland contingent of Match Officials.
Jacewicz, who started out as a junior player at Mudgeeraba Soccer Club before taking up refereeing at age 13, said she was excited about the match but wouldn’t approach it any differently.
“Of course with any big event comes an element of excitement. I look forward to every match but there is something special about refereeing the Westfield W-League Grand Final,” she said.
“I will prepare for the match the same way I prepare for every other match. I like to stay relaxed and enjoy the lead up to the match by having a coffee with my team; I try not to get caught up in the emotion of the event.
“Finding the motivation is easy when you love what you do and the women’s football community makes it a joy to be a part of.”
FFA Director of Referees Ben Wilson praised Jacewicz for her record breaking achievement and congratulated all the named match officials on their prestigious appointment.
“Kate is our most experienced Westfield W-League Referee and has once again had an outstanding season,” Wilson said.
“All six Match Officials have refereed very well throughout the season and I wish to congratulate them all on their appointment.
“The Westfield W-League Grand Final is the pinnacle of the Westfield W-League season and I hope all the Match Officials enjoy the experience.”
Jacewicz and Casey Reibelt, another Queenslander, were earlier this year pre-selected as prospective referees for the 2019 FIFA Women’s Cup.
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