Referees Set For Season After Annual Seminar

More Than 320 Referees Assemble At Monash University

Victoria's referees are ready to take the pitch for the 2018 season after a successful annual Referees Seminar held at Monash University on Saturday February 3.

More than 320 referees were in attendance to hear from keynote speakers and acknowledge the valuable contribution of long serving referees.

Presenters included former FIFA & UEFA Champions League referee Michael Fabian, AFC Referee Instructor Jim Ouliaris, sport performance coach and psychologist Jacqui Louder and FFV Referee Youth Development Manager Chris Hope.

"The seminar was another successful event, which continues to get bigger year on year as our referee numbers continue to grow," FFV Referees Manager Luke Brennan said.

"We had a fantastic line up of presenters who delivered a range of learning modules that prepare our referees really well for the upcoming season.

"The introduction of the Referee Service Awards was a wonderful way to acknowledge the valuable contribution of so many referees for their many years of service to Victorian football."

NPL Victoria club Heidelberg United had coach George Katsakis and captian Luke Byles attend as part of a session to discuss building better relationships between coaches, players and referees.

"Having Heidelberg FC attend was a real positive," Brennan said.

"Hearing from a coaches & players perspective was a great way for our referees to see a different aspect in football that will no doubt improve their performance on match day."

FFV President Kimon Taliadoros and Executive Manager - Football Will Hastie attended the seminar, with Taliadoros presenting long service awards.

It was the first time the awards were presented, acknowledging the valuable contribution of referees who have given 10, 20 and 30 years' service to Victorian football.

Hans Verniers awarded for his incredible 58-year service

Tina Zafiropoulos with her Bronze award

Alexander Sismanis and Jordan Vassiliadis with their Silver and Gold medals respectively

Dimitrios Charaktis receiving his Bronze medal

Full list of medal winners:

Gold Award (> 30 years service) Silver Award (>20 years service) Bronze Award (> 10 years service) 
Hans Verniers Greg Cimino Shorey Wong
Barry Grant Tim Dimitriu Franjo Sarcevic
David Rand Robert Gallina James Morgan
Chris Bambridge John Stefan Dragoslav Mirkovic
Max Lichtenbaum Aykut Sakranlioglu George Lakrindis
Steve Kralevski Perry Mur Damir Celent
Con Nicolopoulos Bill Theodoropoulos Rodrigo Salas
John Finlay Dusan Paunovic Blagoja (Bill) Petrovski
Ian Schepers David Rashleigh Brendan Keogh
Carlo Graser Abay Taipovski Antonio Antonelli
Themy Palatsides Brian Dymott Kurt Riedle
Nicholas Palatsides Arif Aksac Alejandro Azcurra
Alan Crawford Rodney Whaler Jos Pereira
Colin Williams Senko Rastocic Hiroki Sato
John Palatsides Michael Acquaviva Ahmed Dawd
Terence Bywater Kevin Burke Trevor Spaliaras
Cain Naumcevski Alfred Weiss Steven Zafiropoulos
Shane Andrew Burrows Juan Moya Tina Zafiropoulos
Jim Ouliaris Liam Fitzpatrick Bill Kostadakopoulos
Vince Ballerini Jim Weir Patrick Wood
John Harvey Peter Phillips Sam Montesano
Louis Savannah Angelo Stefanakos Trevor Brown
Douglas Burt Mal Bosnjak Mark Wajs
Jordan Vassiliadis Michael Hatzikonstantinos Ian Kerezovic
Adam Sharp Bruno D'Aniello Luis Cabello
Nick  Karlich Jakob Berner Ali Barakat
Michael  Gaut Robert Josifoski Matthew Evans
Theo  Kakos Christopher Tolan John Quinn
Fotios  Xidas Sergio Terceiro Greg Gontscharow
Jason Hekkema Dimitrios Skaras
Stan Ivancic Christopher Hope
Adrian Malignaggi Daree Aceski
Lewis Giuseffi Sam Gerges
Geoff Boyle Vas Varousiadis
Sam Bellomo Daniel Ortiz
Raul Varela Esmir Hajdarevic
Robert Slade Harry Mangavilas
Martin Kowalczyk Shaun Evans
Warwick Berner Louie Markovski
Alexander Sismanis Bradley Ower
Thomas Penny John Galjar
Michael Spiteri Con Frescos
Claudio Paredes James Dean
Ronald Sinclair Karl Petreski
Andrew Riess Elias Andrews
Scott Sands Adam Tennenini
Bruno Ferraro Senad Ugarak
Oleg Grygoryan Andy Hearn
Arimistos Syngeniotis Rick McCallum
Joseph Carnuccio Shevki Shevki
Hary Milas Jane Webb
Philip Taverna Catherine Hofmann
Sebastian De Blasio Benjamin hosken
Wojtek Wasylkowski David Esposito
Charlie Dass Salih Al Jelali
Tony Mastrolembo Frank Azzato
josip paulus Frank SCOPELLITI
Alfonso Noutso Laura Moya
Paschalis Kalogeras Dimitrios Charaktis
Anthony Sabato Patrick Chaplin
Sam Ghazarian Omerul Gunduz
Chris Ferizis Elisabeth Bridson
Nick Sipsas Jonathan Barreiro
Michael Kan
Michael Kan
Anton Wurfel
Mimmo Orlando
Nicholas Pantelidis
Benjamin Debono
zhihao lu
Ihsan Ozdamar
Emanoyel Haractsis
Oliver Bannister
Vincent Noutso
James Ballantyne
Spiro Vamvakitis
Neil Byrne
Wilson Brown
Patrice Couty
Ahmad Al Jelali
Danielle Anderson
Tony Zeneral
Martin John
Colin Mangion
Di Huo
Tony Zahtila
Dominic Franssen
Timothy McKenzie
James Milloy
Lazaros Pantelidis
valentin masalkovski
Brandon Carrigg
David Rock
Paschalis Natis
Stephen Gummer
Dean Stafrace
Raymond Messner
Christos Karameros
Christos Konospiris
Andrea  Cazaly
Denise Spenceley
Marco Castelli
Marco Nicolazzo

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