This coming Sunday (17 July), SSFA has five mens teams representing it at Valentine Sports Park for the State Cup Finals in the 17 mens, 18 mens, 21 mens and All Age Mens competitions. There will also be a team of female referees from SSFRA officiating on the 18s Womens State Cup Final between Colo Soccer FC of Nepean and Connells Point Rovers FC of St George.
The match will be refereed by Monique Lehane, who joined SSFRA in 2011, assisted by Jade Melrose (2013) and Tahlia Hanslow (2014).
Branch Coach Chris Young had the following to say about the appointments – “The referees appointed to this match have stood out over their years with SSFRA and each deserve their selection. They are all experienced officials who have officiated on numerous representative matches in the NSW Premier League and NSW Women’s Premier League as well as some of high quality matches on offer here in the Sutherland Shire.”
Chris Young continued to discuss the opportunities for female referees in the Sutherland Shire: “All three of the referees are under the age of 20 years which is a testament to the opportunities afforded to female referees in the SSFRA. There has been significant investment into developing and growing our female referee group, which now makes up 1/6th of our total referee numbers. We have a goal of increasing that to 1/3rd in the coming years to better reflect the proportion of females playing football in the region. Sutherland has had Peta McCallum reach the highest level in Australia and officiate on the W-League and Peta is still giving her time back to our up and coming female referees by assisting with their coaching and development (while continuing to regularly referee at the highest levels within the Sutherland Shire). This is also the second year in a row SSFRA has sent an all female referee team to the State Cup Finals after Trish Hanslow, Lauren Wright and Rosalie Lister officiated the All Age Womens final in 2015”
We wish the appointed officials all the best in their match this coming Sunday.
Colo Soccer FC (Nepean) vs Connells Point Rovers FC (St George)
Valentine Sports Park 3
Referee: Monique Lehane
AR: Jade Melrose
AR: Tahlia Hanslow