BENDIGO’S Lisa McCabe will take another major step forward in her umpiring when she forms part of the all-women panel to officiate at the upcoming Australian Female Under-18 Cricket Championships.
The championships will be held in Canberra from November 27 to December 7.
McCabe earning a call-up for the championships comes in what’s just her third season of senior umpiring.
McCabe created history in October, 2015, when she became the BDCA’s first female umpire in a senior game when she took charge of the Strathdale-Maristians v Kangaroo Flat second XI game.
As well as her umpiring in the BDCA on a Saturday, McCabe is also kept busy this season on a Sunday officiating Women’s Premier Cricket in Melbourne.
“The national championships are an exciting opportunity that has come out of the blue,” McCabe said on Wednesday.
“It’s the next level, so it’s a bit daunting, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
As she continues to develop, McCabe says she is getting increasingly confident in her decision-making with each game she plays.
“That comes with being more understanding of the laws of the game and being comfortable with them,” McCaig said.
“The players are fantastic… they give me a lot of help and feedback after games, but the biggest thing has been being able to have the confidence to stand my ground when I know I’m right.
“I have that bad habit that I like to be liked, but I’m working out that as an umpire you’re not always going to be liked.”
McCabe is one of eight women umpires selected for the championships.
“One of the great opportunities the championships offer is to be observed in every game by match officials, referees and Cricket Australia,” McCabe said.
“We will be getting videoed, there will be coaching and seminars on rest days, so I know when I come back to Bendigo I’ll be a much better umpire.”