Set to officiate a West End One-Day Cup match between Glenelg and Southern District at Gliderol Stadium, Sheridan’s appointment will help to forge a path for other aspiring female umpires.
“I think it’s good to be able to be a role model for other women coming through and getting more women involved in cricket,” Sheridan said.
“I’m a little bit nervous but excited as well. It’s a great opportunity so I’m looking forward to it,”
Sheridan has previously played 97 matches for Kensington and Sturt cricket clubs, but has now committed herself fully to umpiring since the 2015-16 season.
The 32-year-old high school teacher umpired 13 Premier Cricket matches last season, between both junior and senior divisions.
“I think the standard of cricket will be a bit higher than what I have experienced before but in terms of my role, that doesn’t change,” Sheridan said.
SACA State Umpiring Coach Nathan Magill is delighted with Sheridan’s appointment to umpire in the men’s competition.
“Being the first female umpire in South Australia to officiate in the male competition reflects the talent and dedication that Eloise has demonstrated,” Magill said.
“It is a fitting appointment based on her past performances.”
To encourage more women to follow in Sheridan’s footsteps, SACA is offering the Community Officiating accreditation free of charge for the first 10 females to contact either Sarah Fry or Nathan Magill on (08) 8300 3800 with their intent to register.
Those wishing to become involved in umpiring can visit Cricket Umpires Australia for more information.