Kelly celebrates century of international Tests

sharontestThe thrilling Commonwealth Games semi-final between New Zealand and England in Glasgow on Saturday night was also a memorable occasion for Australia’s most decorated umpire Sharon Kelly.

It was Kelly’s 100th international Test match, a proud moment in her illustrious career, and an achievement that was celebrated by the International Netball Federation with a presentation by INF president Molly Rhone (pictured left with Kelly and Prince Edward).

Kelly officiated the semi-final – won 35-34 by the Silver Ferns over England – was fellow Australian Michelle Phippard with Rachel Ayre (reserve) completing the Aussie trifecta of match officials.

Kelly’s international debut was the New Zealand-Jamaica series back in 1997 and she’s umpired at every Commonwealth Games netball tournament and at three World Championships.

It’s the second century milestone that Kelly has reached this year.

The mother of three also became the first umpire to officiate 100 ANZ Championship matches during the 2014 season when she took charge of the Queensland Firebirds clash with West Coast Fever.

Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer was in the stands for the match and said Kelly’s achievement to umpire a century of internationals was a remarkable achievement.

“Sharon is an outstanding umpire who prepares meticulously, umpires fairly and strives to be her best,” Palmer said.

“Sharon is an inspiration to all umpires on the national and international stage and importantly respects the game, athletes and officials.”