HISTORY MAKERS AT THE BARLA YORKSHIRE YOUTH & JUNIOR UNDER 12 CUP FINAL

HISTORY MAKERS AT THE BARLA YORKSHIRE YOUTH & JUNIOR UNDER 12 CUP FINAL

History beckons this weekend on Saturday 22nd of January and Sunday 23rd January as the BARLA Yorkshire Youth & Junior Cup Finals arrive at the Millennium Stadium, Post Office Road, Featherstone the spiritual home of Featherstone Rovers RLFC.

For the first time in the history of the game in this country an all girls match officials team will take charge of a BARLA Yorkshire Youth & Junior Cup Final on Saturday 22nd January.

The history makers are referee Rhiannin Horsman (Leeds Referees Society), touch judges Annabelle Jackson (Leeds Referees Society), Megan Mills (Hull Referees Society) and reserve Beth Neilson (Huddersfield Referees Society).

They will be officiating the opening game of a triple header on that day, the Under 12s Cup Final when West Hull play Castleford Lock Lane at 10.30am.

On the appointments Steve Race Yorkshire Match Officials Manager said,

I was put in this role November time and I made it a goal to have an all girls match officials team take charge of a Yorkshire Cup Final for the first time.

“I believe this is huge for our sport which is male dominant & has been for decades, it just shows how the game is growing and how many females are wanting to take up the whistle.

“It’s great to see an all female match officials team take charge of a final. Female involvement is getting stronger & stronger each year.

Huge congratulations girls should be proud of the appointment, selected after hard work & dedication shown through the season.”

BARLA Chair Sue Taylor said,

“I would like to congratulate all the girls match official’s team who will be in charge of the opening game of the BARLA Yorkshire Youth & Junior Cup Finals, the Under Twelve’s Final when West Hull play Castleford Lock Lane.

“It’s an honour for them, their families and their respective referees societies for all the hard work they have all put in to get to this stage of their referee careers.

“It is a day that none of them will forget for the rest of their lives, in years to come it will become the norm for all girls match officials teams taking charge of games of any genders. Girls taking up the programme will now be aware of the pathway open to them.”

Steve Manning

BARLA Media Manager