Umpires Eloise Sheridan and Mary Waldron will make history this weekend, becoming the first female duo to officiate in a Men’s first grade Premier (club) Cricket match.
The pair will stand in the men’s match between Tea Tree Gully and Northern Districts in Adelaide, which will feature Australia’s Test vice-captain Travis Head.
Sheridan is no stranger to breaking new ground having become the first female umpire to stand in a South Australian Premier Cricket first grade game 18 months ago.
And earlier this summer, she and NSW umpire Claire Polosak stood in the Rebel WBBL match between the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars, becoming the first female pair to officiate a professional match in Australia.
Waldron, an Irish cricketer who played in the ICC World T20 late last year and has also represented her country in football, will be standing in her first men’s first grade game.
Waldron juggles umpiring and playing first grade for Port Adelaide Cricket Club.
“To have so many firsts for female umpires in our State in recent times has been wonderful to see,” SACA State Umpire Coach Daniel Goodwin said.
“This achievement for Eloise and Mary is very significant as an Australian first and speaks volumes about how hard they have both worked on their development over the past few seasons.
“Our umpires are all appointed to matches on merit and both women are very deserving of the position they are in and the opportunities that are being presented to umpire high-level games.”