Picola’s first woman umpire in reserves football game

August 05, 2017

PICOLA UNITED Football Netball Club’s Alyx Glanville will make history this weekend.

The 20-year-old runs out for her first time as a central umpire for the reserves game between Picola United and Yarroweyah at Picola Oval tomorrow.

It’s the first time in Picola and District Football League history a senior game will have a female central umpire.

And it isn’t the only time Glanville has broken down barriers when it comes to gender stereotypes in sport.

She currently plays football for Bendigo Thunder in the Northern Country Women’s League having played in the Echuca Youth Girls side as a junior.

She’ll play off in the inaugural grand final next weekend for Thunder.

And when she’s not on the footy field she’s taking the netball court for Picola A grade, which has the bye this week against Yarroweyah as the team couldn’t make a side this season.

As well as playing, she also coaches the under 11s mini midgets netball team, which has its own little champion in Desi Morgan — also the only male netballer in the league.

Due to the A grade bye she’s been given the opportunity to officiate a senior game and is likely to be followed onto the ground by her three brothers playing in the reserves side.

It’s the first time all four siblings will be involved in the one game, making the experience even more special.

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