Credit: Gregg Porteous

Perth-raised Matthew Cecchin will officiate his 300th NRL game this Sunday as the Penrith Panthers host the Canberra Raiders at Panthers Stadium.

The 44-year-old joins Bill Harrigan, Col Pearce, Shayne Hayne, Gavin Badger, Ben Cummins and Steve Clark as just the seventh NRL referee to reach the milestone.

Coincidently, the game will also be Cecchin’s 500th as an official, with the former Forrestfield Primary School student playing his role in 166 games as a touch judge and 34 as a video referee.

NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan praised Cecchin’s character and determination as the reason why he has had such a successful career.

“Matt has been an outstanding referee throughout a fantastic career,” he said.

“He has had refereeing in his blood and his intelligence and resilience have enabled him to join a very special group – the officials’ 300 Club.”

Since taking up refereeing at the tender age of 12, Cecchin has gone on to officiate in five Grand Finals, four State of Origins, a Super League game in 2018, the 2011 Four Nations and 2017 World Cup.

NRL WA would like to congratulate Matthew on this great achievement and wish him all the best for Sunday.