NRL grand final match officials
Matt Cecchin and Gerard Sutton will referee the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final this Sunday, 1 October between Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium.
NRL General Manager Officiating Tony Archer said Cecchin and Sutton had been the best referees through the Finals Series and deserved their place in the decider.
“Matt and Gerard have experience in big games. They also have experience refereeing together in big games,” Mr Archer said.
“They worked very well together in the State of Origin series, so we know they work well together on the biggest stages.
“They are the best referees for the job and I am very confident that they will officiate the game well on Sunday.”
Cecchin refereed in the 2011 and 2016 Grand Finals, while Sutton refereed in the 2014 and 2015 deciders.
The match officials for the grand final are:
Lead Referee: Matt Cecchin
Assist Referee: Gerard Sutton
Senior Review Official: Bernard Sutton
Review Official: Ben Galea
Touch Judges: Nick Beashel and Chris Butler
Standby Referee: Ben Cummins
Standby Touch Judge: Brett Suttor
In the Intrust Super Premiership game between the PNG Hunters and Penrith Panthers, Jarrod Cole has been appointed the lead referee, while Belinda Sleeman will be a touch judge.