Annie Thomas is the first woman to umpire a match in the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysia Junior Hockey League (MJHL). She also became the first woman to officiate in a men’s tournament at national level.
KUALA LUMPUR: Annie Thomas has scored a first for women umpires in the country.
On Friday, the 30-year-old became the first woman to umpire a match in the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysia Junior Hockey League (MJHL). She also became the first woman to officiate in a men’s tournament at national level.
Annie, who started her umpiring career while studying at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), is among the five women umpires identified to officiate in this year’s MJHL. The others are Ernawati Mahmud, Norasyikin Shariudin, Norhafizah Azman and A. Kannagi.
Annie, an international class umpire, officiated in the Division Two clash between OLAK-PKT and KLSS-MSSWP game. Annie, who is working with the KL Customs department, aquitted herself well and did not show any jitters. And it is likely that she will see more matches coming her way.
The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) decided to use women umpires in the MJHL due to the increase in the number of teams taking part. On Friday, there were nine matches and 27 umpires were required.
Kannagi, a former international, was the other women umpire who saw action over the weekend but she ran straight into a controversy. She is also listed as an official with the KLSS Juniors-MSSWP team and she may not be able to officiate any more in the league. The competitions committee are trying to sort out the matter.