Hayne & Sutton to Referee NRL Grand Final
Shayne Hayne and Gerard Sutton have been appointed to referee the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final on Sunday.
NRL Referees Elite Performance Manager, Tony Archer said the combination provided the experience and form needed for the biggest game of the year.
It will be Shayne Hayne’s fourth Grand Final.
He has officiated in more than 300 Premiership matches, 10 Internationals and 14 State of Origin matches.
He links up with Gerard Sutton who is making his Grand Final debut in the same year that he officiated in his first State of Origin match.
“Shayne and Gerard are the form referees of the competition and deserve their places in the Grand Final,” Mr Archer said.
NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg said Hayne and Sutton had been rewarded for their strong performances during the season.
“Clearly the match officials are an important part of the game and the quality of refereeing has been strong during the Finals Series,” he said.
“Shayne and Gerard deserve to be rewarded with the biggest game of the year.
“They have shown great leadership among the referees during 2014 and they deserve their opportunity on the biggest stage in the NRL.”
Hayne and Sutton will be supported by Steve Carrall and Jason Walsh as Touch Judges and the video referees are Bernard Sutton and Luke Phillips.
Chris Butler and Chris Sutton have been named as referees for the 2014 NRL Holden Cup U20s Grand Final between the Brisbane Broncos and the New Zealand Warriors which kicks off at 1.50pm.
The referee for the 2014 NRL State Championship Grand Final between the Penrith Panthers and the Northern Pride will be Adam Cassidy. The match kicks off at 3.55 pm.
2014 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Match Officials
Referees: Shayne Hayne and Gerard Sutton.
Touch Judges: Steve Carrall and Jason Walsh
Video Referees: Bernard Sutton and Luke Phillips
Standby Referee: Ben Cummins
Standby Touch Judge: Brett Suttor
2014 NRL State Championship Grand Final Match Officials
Referees: Adam Cassidy
Touch Judges: Liam Nichols and Clayton Sharpe
Video Referees: Steve Chiddy and Henry Perenara
2014 NRL Holden Cup U20s Grand Final Match Officials
Referees: Chris Butler and Chris Sutton
Touch Judges: Phil Henderson and Laurie McDonnell
Video Referees: Ashley Klein and Luke Patten