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Claire Polosak makes List A Debut in Sydney
Congratulations to New South Wales’ Claire Polosak who today makes her List A Debut in the JLT One-Day Cup fixture between New South Wales and Cricket Australia XI at Hurstville Oval in Sydney.
Commencing her umpiring journey in high school, Polosak began locally in Goulburn before travelling to Sydney to complete her umpire accreditations and to join the Sydney Grade Panel. To this day she has stood in a total of 107 games across all grades in the NSW Premier competition. In 2014/15 Polosak was elevated to the Sydney First Grade Panel and in the same year attended her first CA National Championships tournament. The following year she joined the CA Development Panel and in October 2015 was the first female to officiate as Third Umpire in a men’s Domestic One-Day fixture.
The 2016/17 season was busy for Polosak, beginning in July with appointment to the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in Samoa. Later in the year she became the first Australian female umpire to officiate in a Women’s One-Day International on Australian soil in the Women’s Championship Series between Australia and South Africa. Soon after she was appointed to the WNCL Final in Brisbane between Queensland and New South Wales in December before turning her attention to the WBBL|02.
In January this year Polosak was appointed as TV Umpire in the BBL fixture between Hobart and Adelaide – another first for a female to officiate at this level. She then travelled to Sri Lanka in February to officiate in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, with her strong performances culminating in an appointment to the Final between India and South Africa. Returning to Australian shores, Polosak finished her season in Hobart where she was appointed to the Australia versus Sri Lanka International Under 19 men’s series throughout April.
A member of the ICC Development Panel of Umpires, Polosak was one of four female officials appointed to the ICC Women’s World Cup in England throughout June/July this year. Representing Australia alongside her standing partner today, Paul Wilson, Polosak stood in four Women’s World Cup matches and was Reserve Umpire for a further three fixtures. In total, Polosak has stood in 11 Women’s One-Day Internationals across three countries – Australia, Sri Lanka and in England. Whilst in the shortest format, Polosak has officiated in four on-field Women’s Twenty20 Internationals across two further countries, including India as part of the ICC Women’s World T20 Cup as well as a qualifying tournament in Thailand.
Polosak debuts alongside Wilson and Match Referee David Talalla at Hurstville Oval.