Victorian Referees on A-League Panel
Shaun Evans, Brenton Hayward and Lucien Laverdure promoted.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) National Director of Referees, Mark Shield, has announced the Match Official Panels for the 2012-13 season.
Football Federation Victoria (FFV) is thrilled that FFA has selected three Victorian Match Officials on the Refereeing Panel of the Hyundai A League (HAL). Those officials are:
Shaun Evans, 24 years old, who commenced refereeing in 2004 and was Victorian Referee of The Year in 2010. Last season he was on the Assistant Referee Panel of HAL and is a current VPL referee.
Brenton Hayward started his career in Swan Hill. A current VPL referee, he was on the National Youth League Referee Panel last season. The 25 year old is also the Bendigo Region Referee Coach, giving essential support to that Country Region.
Lucien Laverdure has been on the refereeing scene since 2001 and was on the HAL 4th Official Panel last year. Now an established VPL referee, this 26 year old was Victorian Referee of the Year in 2011.
All three have achieved their success through the FFV Talented Officials Program ( TOP) and High Performance Referee Program ( HPR)
This is a magnificent outcome for the hard work of the members themselves, the FFV Refereeing Team, FFV Technical Committee and the FFV Assessors/Coaches who have contributed throughout the last five years, to ensure, at last, Victoria is fully represented at ALL National levels.
In addition to the above Victoria has two new Assistant Referees on the HAL panel. 22 year old Jonathan Barreiro* and 25 year old Patrick Chaplin. Both of these Match Officials are also Graduates of TOP and HPR.
FFV is also pleased that Kate Jacewicz and Catherine Hofmann have retained their positions on the Westfield W League Refereeing Panel along with Joanna Charaktis *, Melanie Closter and Laura Moya as Assistant Referees in the same League.
• Both Jonathan and Joanna have been selected as Referees at the Australian Secondary Schools National Championships in Townsville next week.
Also maintaining their position, on the Assistant Panel of HAL are Hakan Anaz, Luke Brennan and George Lakrindis. Alejandro Azcurra has also remained on the 4th Official Panel.
To assist with these achievements, Mark Shield visited every State to assess the nominated Match Officials personally, the first time that this has happened and a massive step forward in the working relationship between State Federation Referee’s Departments and the FFA Referee Department.
In confirming these Mark Shield said that he was impressed with the standard of Victorian Match Officials both on and off the field and the development processes that have been initiated in Victoria over the past five years, to bring us to this point.