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Aulia Marshall, left, officiating at the National Youth Championships

All-female first for cup final day

Football West News

Football West’s girls’ and women’s cup final day at Grindleford Reserve on Saturday will have all-female officials for the first time.

The four matches – Smarter Than Smoking Girls’ Under 14s, Smarter Than Smoking Girls’ Under 16s, Women’s Metro and Women’s State cup finals – will have female referees and assistants, with the U16s and two senior games also having female fourth officials.

Football West General Manager Football Eddie Lennie said the appointments underlined the success of the programs to attract more female officials.

“It’s great to see the number of female referees increase so much so that we can now provide all female refs for the finals,” Lennie said.

“Football West will continue next year to again attract females match officials through the many courses and female specific initiatives.

“I wish all the finals referees best of luck and encourage all of our football family to get behind them.”

Football West has run two female only Level 4 referee courses, one of which was part of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Young Sports Leaders program.

There are now 36 female referees, an increase of 24 per cent from 2017.

Two WA female referees were selected for national tournaments earlier this year – Aulia Marshall officiated at the National Youth Championships at Coffs Harbour, while Jess Byrd was at the NTC Challenge in Canberra.

CUP FINAL APPOINTMENTS

Smarter Than Smoking Girls’ Under 14 Cup Final (9am)

Ellenbrook v Murdoch University Melville

Referee: OLIVIA BUNTER
Assistant referees: MADISON SMITH, YASMIN KHANDAN

Smarter Than Smoking Girls’ Under 16 Cup Final (10.30am)

Quinns v Northern Redbacks

Referee: SASHA EDWARDS
Assistant referees: MEAGAN SCOTT, CALEIGH ORMEROD

Women’s Metro Cup Final (12.45pm)

North Beach v Perth AFC

Referee: ERIN STEICKE
Assistant referees: SASHA EDWARDS, MADISON SMITH
Fourth official: YASMIN KHANDAN

Women’s State Cup Final (3pm)

Queens Park v Northern Redbacks

Referee: JESS  BYRD
Assistant referees: MEAGAN SCOTT, CALEIGH ORMEROD
Fourth official: SASHA EDWARDS

Jess Byrd officiated at the NTC Challenge