Daniel Cook headlines referee appointments for Grand Final Day

Football Federation SA (FFSA) match official Daniel Cook will referee his second consecutive National Premier Leagues (NPL) Grand Final on Saturday when Campbelltown City meet Adelaide Comets at Coopers Stadium.

The 24-year-old was announced earlier this month as a new addition to the Hyundai A-League Match Official ranks as a Fourth Official for the upcoming 2019-20 season. He will be joined on the match on Saturday evening by Assistant Referees Aaron Galanti and Cole Davy, with Daniel Elder as Fourth Official.

Following on from their successful introduction at the 2018 Grand Finals, ‘shadow referees’ will again be joining the match officials on each of the Senior Grand Finals. The four shadow referees have been selected from the group of young, up-and-coming match officials to give them an experience of what Grand Final day at Hindmarsh is all about.

The shadow referee will be an additional team member for the referees during the week and will be involved in pre-match duties with the referee team on the field and in the change rooms. This includes the pitch inspection, pre-match discussions and warm-ups with the refereeing team. They will also get to toss the coin prior to the match in front of the large crowd that is destined to assemble in the stands at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday.

2019 Best First Year Junior Referee Argyle Groff has been selected as the shadow referee for the Men’s NPL match. He will have a front-row seat to the action unfolding before and during the match, as well as being involved in the post-match debriefing with the match officials team and the match assessor, Michelle Smith.

The Women’s NPL Grand Final between ‘Derby’ rivals Adelaide City and West Adelaide will be refereed by Curtis Wordsworth. He will be assisted by Westfield W-League Assistant Referee Paula Orlandi and Jackie Megson, with Garry Powers the Fourth Official.

Modbury Jets’ clash with Cumberland United will be officiated by experienced whistleblower Christian Verdicchio. This will be Verdicchio’s second appearance on this fixture in as many years, having been involved as Fourth Official for last years State League 1 decider. 

The State League 2 Grand Final will be refereed by Henry Day, making his first appearance as a referee on a Senior final. Day has built off his experiences at the 2018 National Youth Championships for Boys held in Coffs Harbour last September and has had an excellent first season as a Senior referee.

2018 National Premier League SA Grand Final
 Referee: Daniel Cook
Assistant Referee 1: Aaron Galanti
Assistant Referee 2: Cole Davy
Fourth Official: Daniel Elder
Match Assessor: Michelle Smith
Shadow Referee: Argyle Groff

2018 Women’s National Premier League SA Grand Final
Referee: Curtis Wordsworth
Assistant Referee 1: Paula Orlandi
Assistant Referee 2: Jackie Megson
Fourth Official: Garry Powers
Match Assessor: Ray Grima
Shadow Referee: Sophie Van Den Heuvel

2018 State League 1 Grand Final
Referee: Christian Verdicchio
Assistant Referee 1: Torin Cooper
Assistant Referee 2: Liam Miller
Fourth Official: Gary Mooney
Match Assessor: Peter van de Zwaag
Shadow Referee: Derek Jackson

2018 State League 2 Grand Final
Referee: Henry Day
Assistant Referee 1: Ian Crossing
Assistant Referee 2: Finley Drewniak Sandery
Fourth Official: Eric Ford Sestili
Match Assessor: Paul Duncan
Shadow Referee: Clay Conway

2018 Referee Awards 
Most Improved Level 2 Referee: Garry Powers
Most Improved Level 3 Referee: Ian Crossing 
Best First Year Referee: Argyle Groff
Community Referee of the Year: Mark Taylor