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SportBelinda Sharpe: NRL to make history with first female on-field referee

01:10  16 july  2019
01:10  16 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Belinda Sharpe will become the first on-field female referee in the NRL when she steps onto Suncorp Stadium for the Broncos' clash with the Bulldogs on Thursday night.

The Queenslander was informed of her appointment on Monday and will be joined by senior referee Ben Cummins in her debut.

Though it won't be unfamiliar territory for Sharpe, who has been a touch judge in the NRL since 2014 and has taken charge of Intrust Super Cup games and Women's State of Origin clashes.

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NRL on the brink of appointing their first female referees . The NRL is "edging closer" to a groundbreaking appointment of a female referee in a regular season match after encouraging performances from Belinda Sharpe during the pre-season.

Kasey Badger and Belinda Sharpe have become the first female match officials to earn full-time NRL contracts, as revealed by The Daily Telegraph. The women have plied their refereeing trades in the NSW and Queensland Cup competitions and are closing in on their whistleblowing debuts at NRL level.

Sharpe moved to Sydney after being upgraded to NRL's full-time referees squad in May.

The appointment comes at a time of high scrutiny on the officials, with a host of contentious calls in recent weeks ramping up the pressure on the referees.

NRL head of football Graham Annesley said last week that the standard of officiating needed to lift.

"I need to get comfort from the people I have to hold responsible for the performances of match officials," Annesley said.

"The one thing we can't stop is mistakes but some of mistakes over the last couple of weeks simply aren't good enough and they are mistakes that shouldn't have been made so we need to try to find out why and what they are doing to hopefully ensure it doesn't happen again leading into the finals."

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Belinda Sleeman will move one step closer to becoming the first female to referee an NRL fixture after being named to officiate in Saturday night's trial between Brisbane and Wynnum "It's an opportunity to test myself at the next level and I'm really looking forward to it," Sleeman told NRL .com on Tuesday.

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Speaking to NRL.com, Sharpe acknowledged that it's a tough job but said her gender was a non factor in her interactions with players.

"We're all certainly in a high-pressure environment anyway as referees so I don't see any difference between any of us," Sharpe said.

"We just go out on the field to do a job to the best of our ability

"We can't focus on anything externally and I won't be. My gender is irrelevant in that respect."

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