Football West referee Steven Gregory officiated in his 150th WA Premier League fixture on Friday night as Floreat Athena opened their PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues WA campaign with a win over Stirling Lions at E&D Litis Stadium.
Gregory, 33, has had an impressive career that blossomed after he attended the National Youth Championships in 2002 and 2003. On May 8, 2004, at the age of just 20, he made his top-flight debut in the State Premier League.
He was appointed referee for the State Cup Final in 2007 and in 2009, a year in which he also claimed the Football West Referee of the Year (Golden Whistle) award. Gregory also officiated in three A-League Pre-Season Cup matches from 2008 to 2010.
After three seasons off, Gregory rejoined the state’s top panel in 2014 with the commencement of the National Premier Leagues structure in Western Australia. He has continued to perform strongly, taking the whistle for the Night Series Final in 2016.
Football West Referee Manager Mathew Cheeseman said Gregory had a been great servant of the game in WA for more than 15 years.
“For someone to achieve a milestone such as this, especially after taking some time off, shows great commitment and resilience,” Cheeseman said. “Since his return he has regained his status as one of our best referees and I am hoping for many more years of service still to come.”
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