Female rugby league ref wants to see women at NRL level

MARILYN McKenna knows a try when she sees one.

The Maryborough woman has been refereeing rugby league matches for 30 years and loves the sport.

But she admits she has felt a bit of frustration during this year's NRL finals series.

The seven-tackle try awarded against the North Queensland Cowboys, which led to the team getting knocked out of the competition, left a bad taste in her mouth.

Although she is a referee herself, Marilyn, 57, says she gets as frustrated as anyone when she sees a bad call.

And while the occasional controversial decision could be tolerated in the lower grades, she doesn't think it's acceptable at NRL level, with so many officials and the benefit of so many camera angles.

Marilyn, who was one of Queensland's first female rugby league referees, said she enjoyed the respect of the players when she refereed local matches and she also enjoyed the social side of the game, having made plenty of friends through the sport.

Marilyn said she hoped one day she would see a female referee calling the shots in the NRL.

Maryborough rugby league referee Marilyn McKenna.
Maryborough rugby league referee Marilyn McKenna. Stephanie Kay

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