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Queenslander Jarred Gillett has been appointed to referee his third Hyundai A-League Grand Final in this Sunday’s decider between Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers at Adelaide Oval.
Gillett, one of Football Federation Australia’s three inaugural full-time professional referees, was also named the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 Referee of the Year at the Dolan Warren Awards held at the Carriageworks in Sydney last night.
The former Mudgeeraba Soccer Club junior will be joined by fellow Queenslander Chris Beath as an Additional Assistant Referee, alongside Strebre Delovski and Assistant Referees Matthew Cream and Luke Brennan. Paul Cetrangolo is the fourth official.
Speaking shortly after receiving his award, Gillett said was proud to have once again been selected to officiate a Hyundai A-League Grand Final.
“It’s an honour to receive this appointment to end what has been an exciting Hyundai A-League season for everyone involved,” Gillett said.
“Being a full-time referee has definitely led to improved performance levels and allowed us to take our game to another level this season.
“We have a strong refereeing team for the Grand Final and we look forward to being a part of this Sunday’s Grand Final at Adelaide Oval.”
— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) April 26, 2016
FFA Director of Referees Ben Wilson congratulated Gillett and paid tribute to another outstanding season as a match official.
“As one of the first full-time referees to be appointed by FFA, Jarred has been totally committed to every aspect of his refereeing this season,” Wilson said.
“His performances in the Hyundai A-League have reflected his efforts and professional attitude in this new role.
“I am looking forward to watching Jarred and his experienced team of match officials handle what is always a very entertaining match.”