Polosak breaks stereotypes, set for men’s game

The 29-year-old will be the first woman to officiate as an on-field umpire in the List A game between New South Wales and Cricket Australia (CA) XI at Hurstville Oval on Sunday.

Polosak will be sharing the honour with Paul Wilson in the List A game between New South Wales and Cricket Australia (CA) XI at Hurstville Oval.   -  Twitter (@CAComms)

Cricket is no more a gentleman’s game, the women have artistically imprinted their names on the 22 yards. Claire Polosak — a 29-year-old woman umpire from Goulbourn (New South Wales) — is set to create a milestone this Sunday. She will be the first woman to officiate as an on-field umpire in an Australian domestic men’s match.

Polosak will be sharing the honour with Paul Wilson in the List A game between New South Wales and Cricket Australia (CA) XI at Hurstville Oval.

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No, Polosak isn’t tense or worried. Why? She finds umpiring in men’s cricket easier compared to that of women. “I actually find women's cricket harder to umpire, I find with the women's, the fielding is so good but sometimes the running hasn't caught up between the wickets,” she told Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday.

"The ball for men's is faster so you hear the nicks, they're slightly louder so there are certain differences. But both teams are out there to win a game whether it's a women's or a men's game, the intensity's the same,” she added.

Polosak has been on CA’s development umpire panel for two years and has also officiated as third-umpire in domestic cricket.