Off Season Update

The Siren team took time out over the past month, but sport didn’t. Here’s a quick catch up of some key stories since early December!

Gabi Ruffels has been named Amateur Golf's women's player of the year. Sourced: Golf Australia
Gabi Ruffels has been named Amateur Golf’s women’s player of the year. Sourced: Golf Australia

The opening seven matches of the 2020/21 Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) season were being rescheduled to a later date to provide the best possible chance of completing a full season. The final remains scheduled for March 27th.

20-year-old Australian Gabriela Ruffels was named AmateurGolf.com‘s women’s player of the year—a prestigious award in the United States—after her brilliant 2020 season. Golf Australia shared the news earlier this month.

Claire Polosak became the first woman to officiate a men’s Cricket Test match when Australia faced off against India in Sydney on January 7th.

Ellyse Perry was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Decade, while also taking out the women’s ODI and T20 player of the decade titles. Meanwhile the Australian Women’s T20 Cricket Team was the recipient of The Don Award for their dominant World Cup performance earlier this year.

Star Australian basketballer Lauren Jackson has been nominated for the prestigious Naismith Hall of Fame.

It’s been ten years since Australian captain Meg Lanning made her international debut. It’s been a glorious decade.

Brazil football legend Marta announced her engagement to Orlando Pride teammate Toni Pressley!

Bianca Smith made history in the United States, becoming the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball history, joining the Red Sox this season.

Becky Hammon became the first woman to coach a regular season NBA game, after taking over head coaching duties for the Spurs when Greg Popovich was ejected.

In more coaching news, in a recent NFL Wild Card game between the Washington Football Team and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers female coaches featured on both sidelines for the first time in NFL history. Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar are the Buccaneers’ Assistant Defensive Line and Assistant Strength & Conditioning coaches respectively, and Jennifer King lined up as part of Washington’s coaching panel. In total, six women coached across the NFL’s recent Wild Card games.

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