IN CHARGE: Lana Sheedy and Kayleigh McDonald (left) will be whistling at the boys this weekend when they step out as referees and touch judges. Players Tom Dwan, Cameron McDonald and Jaiden Weston look on.
IN CHARGE: Lana Sheedy and Kayleigh McDonald (left) will be whistling at the boys this weekend when they step out as referees and touch judges. Players Tom Dwan, Cameron McDonald and Jaiden Weston look on. John Mccutcheon

Girls set to take control in rugby league

THREE local girls will make rugby league history today.

Referee Lana Sheedy, 18, and 14-year-old touch judges Kayleigh McDonald and Kirsty Halland will officiate an under-11 boys game in the Sunshine Coast Junior Rugby League at Kawana Dolphins home ground.

They are the first all-female official team to control a game on the Coast.

Referee co-ordinator Dale Hall was pleased the girls had a more active role in the male-dominated sport.

"We have been working hard trying to get more girls involved in the sport," Mr Hall said.

Girls are allowed to play in boys' teams only until the under-12s.

After that they have to join an all-girls' team.

"Once they are finished playing under-12s there isn't a lot for them," Mr Hall said.

"We do lose a lot of girls."

Mr Hall wasn't sure what the boys would think having the girls in control of the game.

"It will be a new experience for them," he said.

"They have had girl referees before, but never a whole girl team."


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