Blast From The Past - The Marc Arcuri Cup
Ex FIFA, State League Referees and some welcome District Referees donated their time to Referee The Marc Arcuri Cup on Sunday 18th October, 2015. Coming out of retirement for a good cause were Garry Power, Simon Micallef, Con Diomis, Jim Nicolaou, Richard Baker and Sandro Perticarini. Your efforts were much appreciated by the Marc Arcuri Foundation.
Marc Arcuri, like millions of kids around the world, looked forward to playing football each weekend with his mates at Austral Soccer Club and the 19th July, 2014 started off with the same anticipation. However, while playing on this particular day, Marc complained of feeling unwell to a teammate during the game and started to make his way to the sideline. While doing so, he suffered cardiac arrest and despite having a registered nurse on hand, sadly he could not be revived.
The 2015 event, with 32 teams taking part in The Marc Arcuri Cup, hopes to raise enough funds to purchase at least eight defibrillators for suburban football clubs throughout Sydney. The response to this year's event has been overwhelming with many sponsors, supporters, players, coaches, referees, volunteers, family, friends and various organisations all lending a hand and have been very generous with their sponsorships towards the cause. Every single dollar spent on the day will go towards purchasing a defibrillator for a suburban football club and potentially saving the life of a man or women playing football.
Sandro Perticarini - Life Membership
At the adjourned Annual General Meeting held on Friday 6th March, 2015 well known and liked member Sandro Perticarini was honoured with Life Membership.
The members in attendance at the meeting heard of Sandro's tireless work since he joined the Branch in 1999. Rising through the ranks on-field to a Level 1 and NPL1 Referee and now off-field to a Level 1 Assessor on the National Youth League. His tireless efforts as Webmaster, Assistant Treasurer, and now as a valid member of the Technical Sub Committee are all part of the dedicated work Sandro does for our members. He has been an organiser of countless dinners and prizes; establishing and orgnising the Italian Exchange Program; and all round supporter and mentor to every member of our Branch.
A throughly well deserved addition to the life membership ranks. Thanks for all your efforts Sandro and well done on your latest achievement and honour.
Head of Italian Football Meets FNSW Representative
Newly elected Italian football (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio welcomed NSW State League Referee's technical member and FFA Assessor Sandro Perticarini.
Invited by Carlo Tavecchio in Rome's FIGC headquarters, Sandro discussed various football and referee matters.
The recent fourth edition of the Australian Italian Football Referee Exchange Program was discussed in depth of which Carlo has always been a supporter of such programs since its inception in 2004.
The meeting ended with both parties ensuring that the friendship between both countries and bodies were maintained and strengthened.
Petricarini took the opportunity to present Carlo with a gift in honour of his presidency from NSW State League Referees Branch led by President Robert Colombo.
NSW referees set for Italian experience
The second leg of the Australian-Italian referee exchange program has taken shape on Wednesday afternoon as the Australian delegation departed for Italy.
The NSW State League Referees, Benjamin Abraham, Lachlan Keevers and James Tesoriero will be refereeing Serie D games in the Umbria region over the ten day program between September 4th till September 14th.
Travelling along with the referees will be President Robert Colombo, Secretary Wayne Lenardon and Sandro Perticarini from the Technical Committee.
As in the past three exchange programs 2004, 2006 and 2009, the Australian referees will taste Italian football, will experience different cultures, see firsthand the rich history, share administration ideas and have an insight on new techniques to benefit overall the standard of refereeing in this state.
All past exchange programs have been very fruitful for NSW and Australia as it has unearthed very talented referees such as Strebre Delovski, Ryan Shepheard, Kris Griffiths-Jones, Stephen Lucas and Kurt Ams.
President Robert Colombo is hopeful that this edition will unearth more future officials in years to come.
Katie-Louise Patterson's 1st Grade Debut - IGA NPL NSW Mens 1
Katie-Louise Patterson became the first Football NSW female referee to officiate an IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 match as she took charge of the round 22 match between Sydney United 58 FC v Sutherland Sharks on Sunday 17th August, 2014 at Sydney United Sports Centre.
The 24-year-old commenced her refereeing career in the Illawarra before moving off to the St George Football Association then on to the NSW State League Football Referees Branch and has officiated in the NPL Womens 1 competition as well as the Westfield W-League amongst other leagues.
Football NSW Referees Manager Kris Griffith-Jones was happy that Patterson was getting her chance to shine in NSW’s top tier football competition for men.
“Katie’s performed really well in the IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 Grade 20s competition and finished up in the top five of the Westfield W-League referees which was a great achievement.
“Katie deserved her opportunity in the Mens 1 competition and I am sure she will benefit from this which will further assist and aid in her refereeing development.”