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Thursday, 20 December 2018

Female umpires set to make Australian cricket history


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Claire Polosak and Eloise Sheridan will make sports history this weekend when for the first time two female on-field umpires will officiate a professional cricket match in Australia.

New South Wales umpire Polosak and South Australia umpire Sheridan will be the umpires for the Women's Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars on Sunday at Adelaide Oval.

"The number of female umpires is limited by a lack of awareness," Polosak said.

"So maybe seeing Eloise and myself out there on Sunday, there’ll be someone else in the crowd that will be like 'Ooh, I didn’t know I could do that', and then that starts the process for them.

"It will definitely be a highlight for everybody I hope.

"I haven’t umpired with Eloise yet (at any level of cricket and) I’m really looking forward to it.”"

Polosak in 2017 became the first female umpire to work on-field in an Australian men's domestic cricket match, but this is the first time two women will be the on-field umpires in a single match.

The 30-year-old is a member of the CA Supplementary Umpire Panel. In November Polosak was the umpire in the 2018 Women’s T20 World Cup final between Australia and England in the West Indies, which was another first for that tournament.

“Claire and Eloise have established themselves as two of Australia’s leading female umpires and it’s fantastic to see all their hard work continue to pay off,” Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said in a statement.

“This is another great step forward for cricket, where we’re continuing to strive towards our aspiration of being Australia’s leading sport for women and girls.

“On behalf of everyone in Australian Cricket, we wish them the very best for this match and look forward to seeing them on the field.”

Polosak also has a role with Cricket NSW as an Umpire Educator Female/Umpire Engagement, and says the amount of female umpires in the game is only going to go up with the growing amount of opportunities provides to women in cricket.

"This year I think we’ve got 11 females umpiring in grade cricket up from four last year," she said.

"Everything is done on merit.

"You’re only put into opportunities when the selectors feel you’re ready and able to be there, which I think is really important.

"If you don’t want to play, you don’t want to coach, umpiring is definitely a way you can go about being involved. "

Sheridan has also been a trailblazer in South Australia as the first female umpire to be appointed to the SA State Umpire Panel, and last season she became the first woman to umpire a SACA first-grade men's match.

Claire Polosak and Eloise Sheridan will make sports history this weekend when for the first time two female on-field umpires will officiate a professional cricket match in Australia.

New South Wales umpire Polosak and South Australia umpire Sheridan will be the umpires for the Women's Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars on Sunday at Adelaide Oval.

"The number of female umpires is limited by a lack of awareness," Polosak said.

"So maybe seeing Eloise and myself out there on Sunday, there’ll be someone else in the crowd that will be like 'Ooh, I didn’t know I could do that', and then that starts the process for them.

"It will definitely be a highlight for everybody I hope.

"I haven’t umpired with Eloise yet (at any level of cricket and) I’m really looking forward to it.”"

Polosak in 2017 became the first female umpire to work on-field in an Australian men's domestic cricket match, but this is the first time two women will be the on-field umpires in a single match.

The 30-year-old is a member of the CA Supplementary Umpire Panel. In November Polosak was the umpire in the 2018 Women’s T20 World Cup final between Australia and England in the West Indies, which was another first for that tournament.

“Claire and Eloise have established themselves as two of Australia’s leading female umpires and it’s fantastic to see all their hard work continue to pay off,” Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said in a statement.

“This is another great step forward for cricket, where we’re continuing to strive towards our aspiration of being Australia’s leading sport for women and girls.

“On behalf of everyone in Australian Cricket, we wish them the very best for this match and look forward to seeing them on the field.”

Polosak also has a role with Cricket NSW as an Umpire Educator Female/Umpire Engagement, and says the amount of female umpires in the game is only going to go up with the growing amount of opportunities provides to women in cricket.

"This year I think we’ve got 11 females umpiring in grade cricket up from four last year," she said.

"Everything is done on merit.

"You’re only put into opportunities when the selectors feel you’re ready and able to be there, which I think is really important.

"If you don’t want to play, you don’t want to coach, umpiring is definitely a way you can go about being involved. "

Sheridan has also been a trailblazer in South Australia as the first female umpire to be appointed to the SA State Umpire Panel, and last season she became the first woman to umpire a SACA first-grade men's match.

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