First female boundary umpire in VFL

History will be made in the Peter Jackson VFL this weekend with the first female boundary umpire to officiate a senior game.

Shannessy Adams will run the boundary in the Round 12 Collingwood versus Sandringham top eight clash, having progressed through the Development League and TAC Cup in her first year on the AFL Victoria umpire development squad. 

It continues a breakout year for female umpires in the competition, with Eleni Glouftsis last month becoming the first female field umpire in the VFL, and Kate Griffiths now a regular senior goal umpire in the competition. Griffiths will umpire with Adams this Saturday. 

Head Umpiring Coach Cameron Nash said AFL Victoria will continue to promote and drive female participation in umpiring. 

“It is pleasing to be able to appoint the first female boundary umpire to a VFL match,” Nash said. 

“She has been selected on merit and hopefully this shows other girls umpiring that if you work hard and set your goals high you can achieve what Shannessy has."

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