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Queensland is the most represented state on the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League referee panels following Football Federation Australia’s confirmation of this season’s match officials.
Danielle Potticary’s appointment as a Westfield W-League assistant referee brings the number of current Queenslanders across both panels to 16.
Seven-time Westfield W-League Grand Final referee Kate Jacewicz also began her football journey as a junior player at Mudgeeraba Soccer Club on the Gold Coast.
Jarred Gillett, who has officiated the past two Hyundai A-League Grand Finals, is again joined by fellow Queenslander Chris Beath as two of Australia’s three full-time professionals.
Potticary’s promotion caps a sharp ascent for the former Football South West Queensland Referee of the Year, who recently assisted on the PlayStation® 4 NPL Queensland Women’s Grand Final.
Football Queensland State Referee Development Officer David Wiebe congratulated the young official on the achievement.
“This year has been an extremely good year for Danielle and her dedication has been rewarded with this excellent opportunity,” Wiebe said.
FFA Director of Referees Ben Wilson congratulated all the match officials on their selection for the coming seasons.
“I’m very pleased with the team we have selected in both the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League. It’s a mixture of experience and youth,” Wilson said.
“I’d like to give special congratulations to the match officials who have been selected on the panel for the first time.”
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In addition to the 16 selected for Australia’s national top tiers, Queenslanders Cameron Fawcett, Albert Krause, Ryan Mooney and Daniel Olson have been named to the Foxtel National Youth League panel for the 2016/17 season.
Members of the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League panel met earlier this month at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra as they finalise preparations for the coming season with a range of theoretical lectures and practical refereeing sessions.
In particular the implementation of the amendments to the Laws of the Game that have been introduced by the International Football Advisory Board (IFAB) and FIFA.
The match officials have been performing well on Westfield FFA Cup and pre-season matches and are about to conclude their pre-season training program. I’m confident that we will continue our strong performances throughout the upcoming season,” Wilson said.