The first standalone NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership Grand Final will also have the first all-female on-field officiating group for an NRLW decider.
The NRL announced today that Belinda Sharpe would referee the 2021 NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership Grand Final, between St George Illawarra and Sydney Roosters at Moreton Daily Stadium on Sunday, April 10.
Kasey Badger and Karra-Lee Nolan will be touch judges, while Matt Noyen will be the Bunker Review Official.
NRL Executive General Manager Elite Football Graham Annesley congratulated all the officials on their appointment to the historic Grand Final.
“The women’s game has gone from strength to strength this season and there is no doubt that officiating has also played a part in that growth,” Mr Annesley said.
“I’m very hopeful that the three officials involved will provide the inspiration for many other women and girls to take up officiating, as the game continues to grow.”
General Manager Elite Officiating Jared Maxwell said the group had officiated well over the course of the Premiership and deserved to be part of the decider.
“All three of the officials have provided an environment which has allowed the players to produce exceptional feats,” Mr Maxwell said.
“The performances of both Belinda and Kasey have supported their standing as elite officials in the game, while Karra-Lee’s efforts have put her in a terrific position for the future.”
The match officials for the 2021 NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership Grand Final are:
Referee: Belinda Sharpe
Touch Judges: Kasey Badger and Karra-Lee Nolan
Review Official: Matt Noyen