Leading Football NSW referee Tim Danaskos was one excited official when he heard the news that he was set to make his official Hyundai A-League debut as the main man in Monday night’s A-League clash between the Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners to be played at Jubilee Stadium.
The 28-year-old has been eagerly anticipating this memorable day and will get his opportunity this evening.
Asked how he felt upon getting the call-up, Danaskos was ecstatic with the news.
“It was great to get that call.
“Definitely some nerves along with excitement I can tell you that.
“It came with relative short notice, so it’s been a quick turnaround in regards to preparation but really looking forward to it.”
Currently in his eleventh year as a referee, Danaskos started his journey as an official with the St George Referees Branch before becoming a member of the NSW State League Branch where he has featured regularly in NSW’s top tier Men’s Premier Leagues competition.
“I started with the St George Referees Branch and then became a member of the NSW State League Branch a few years after.
“I’ve always held a dual membership with St George as I feel it’s only fair to give back to them since they’ve contributed so much toward my refereeing career.
“I’m super keen to get back into the NPL NSW Men’s competition too. It feels like a lifetime ago I was refereeing Marconi vs Sydney Olympic back in March.”
With NSW producing more and more talented referees and assistants, Danaskos had some sound advice for those wishing to take up the whistle.
“My advice would be to always set small goals and have a plan to execute.
“Also, to fall in love with the process (training/studying/upskilling etc).”
Football NSW would like to wish Tim all the best with his first Hyundai A-League match, well done on a fantastic achievement.