Archer and Hayne to referee Grand Final

Tony Archer and Shayne Hayne have today been appointed to referee the 2010 Telstra Premiership Grand Final.

NRL Referees Coach Robert Finch today announced the appointments which will also see Gavin Reynolds referee the Toyota Cup Grand Final.

This will be Archer’s fourth consecutive NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final and Hayne’s second.

“Tony and Shane continue to be the two leading referees in the game and they are the best combination for the biggest match of the year,” Finch said today.

“They are respected leaders in our team and have earned the right to represent all match officials on the most important of stages.

“I would like to thank every member of the NRL Match Officials squad for their efforts this season and congratulate all those selected to officiate in this year’s Grand Finals.”

NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said: “The closer this competition gets the more pressure there is on match officials and the fact that Tony and Shayne continue to perform at such a high level is a testament to their professionalism and skill.

“Even critics will tell you it is a job they wouldn’t want to do and it says a lot about the strong character of the game’s match officials that they are so dedicated to their roles.

“Robert Finch and his team have worked tirelessly throughout the year and their signification contribution to the game should never be underestimated.

“The commitment it takes for match officials to reach this level is the same for players, coaches, everyone involved at the elite level, and hopefully Tony and Shayne’s achievements will help inspire others to consider becoming involved in refereeing across all levels of the game.”

2010 Telstra Premiership Grand Final Match Officials

Referees: Tony Archer and Shayne Hayne

Sideline officials: Paul Holland and Jeff Younis

Video Referees: Bill Harrigan

Standby Referee: Ben Cummins

Toyota Cup Referee: Gavin Reynolds