Shannessy Adams, second from left

Shannessy Adams, second from left


Shannessy makes history

Western Region Football League boundary umpire, Shannessy Adams is breaking new ground this season, becoming the first female boundary umpire to officiate in a VFL senior match.

After a successful playing career in the VWFL with the St.Albans Football Club, Shannessy joined the WRFL umpiring ranks in 2013 where she has been running the lines ever since.

Under the guidance and tuition of the WRFL umpire coaching staff over the past two seasons, Shannessy earned a place in the VFL Development League this year, where her consistent performances in the TAC Cup and development league has led to her selection.


WRFL Director of Umpiring, Mark Westgarth, said that the appointment is not only a great step for Shannessy, but for the league’s umpiring division.

Read more on the Western Region Football League website