Liam Kennedy will referee his second consecutive Intrust Super Cup grand final on Sunday.
This game will carry added significance though for Kennedy, who will assume the role of lead referee for the first time following his appointment as an assistant to Chris Anderson in the 2018 decider.
Kennedy, a full-time member of the NRL Referees’ squad, will be supported by Tyson Brough.
It will be Brough’s first Intrust Super Cup grand final, capping off a strong year in which he chalked up a century of games in Queensland’s premier statewide competition.
Brough also ran the line in this year’s Residents match between Queensland and New South Wales.
Brough made his Intrust Super Cup debut as a referee in 2014, and has previously officiated in back-to-back Sunshine Coast A grade grand finals (2011-12).
Kennedy has ample grand final experience as well, having controlled the 2015 Brisbane Rugby League decider as well as previous FOGS Colts (2014) and Mal Meninga Cup (2010) finals.
The 30-year-old match official refereed his first Intrust Super Cup game in 2013, with Sunday’s grand final taking his career tally to 97 games.
Kennedy and Brough will be supported by touch judges Jarrod Cole and Jacob Whitehouse, with Clayton Sharpe and Tim Rutherford the video referees.
Sam Swift has been appointed to the Hastings Deering Colts grand final between Wynnum Manly Seagulls and the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
Match: WM Seagulls v Falcons
Grand Final -
Venue: Dolphin Stadium, Brisbane
His appointment caps off a breakthrough year for the 23-year-old Gold Coast referee, who earlier this year officiated the Under 18 national final.
Marcus Fitzgerald and James Harbidge are the touch judges for the 1pm clash.
Wyatt Raymond has been given the nod to referee the blockbuster clash between the Australian Schoolboys and New Zealand Junior Kiwis, while Rhys Cox will control proceedings between the Queensland Under 16 City and Country teams.
Henry Goddard will have the honour of refereeing the first match of the five-game program when he signals time on in NRL Development Cup final.