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Where do you think you're goin', lady?: Adventures of a by Debbie Spillane

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By Debbie Spillane

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The most awkward moment always was fronting up on the first day of a match if I hadn’t officiated either team before. I used to keep my official umpire’s appointment card in my pocket, and occasionally had to show it to incredulous captains to prove I was really the umpire, but mostly word had spread beforehand that ‘the lady umpire’ was standing in their game. QX5 26/2/07 6:04 PM Page 43 Certifiably sports mad Apart from in finals, I never had an umpiring partner in the Western Suburbs competition.

This institutionalised nepotism didn’t extend, though, to female family. Women weren’t allowed to be SCG members. A. Noble Stand, and included the practice areas behind them). These Ladies Passes were allocated one per adult male member, but they didn’t let you in everywhere. The Members Pavilion was for men only. I was fascinated by that piece of forbidden territory—I’d dream up scenarios which might force the suited gentlemen to make exceptions and then I’d test these imaginings out for size on my aunt Janet as we sat in the adjacent Ladies Stand.

It’s only in recent years I’ve realised that my first rugby league mentor was a woman. QX5 26/2/07 6:04 PM Page 27 The sporterers’ apprentice both of my very first favourite players—my ‘idols’, as Janet used to refer to them—were full-backs. Namely, Ken Thornett and Les Johns. I suspect Janet must have been the driving force behind my first foray into sports comment, a moment etched on my brain as my earliest specific memory of rugby league. I’m watching a Test match between Australia and Great Britain at the SCG.

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