AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) congratulates Lumyai Eager who is on the cusp of becoming the first female to field umpire an A-Grade Senior Men's game in the TIO Central Australian Football League (CAFL).
Expected to make history this Saturday afternoon when South play West at TIO Traeger Park, 19-year-old Lumyai is one of 12 female umpires officiating the 2020 season across field, boundary and goals.
A total of 51 umpires are required across the competition, and since 2012 there have been 54 Senior Men's A-Grade umpires, all of them male.
Lumyai, a long-term Alice Springs resident and year 12 student at St Phillip's College, began umpiring in 2017 when she could be seen running the big boundaries of Central Australia.
A stint playing footy for West in 2018 was quickly followed by an invite for her to join the AFLNT Junior Umpiring Academy in 2019, which is the same season she took up the discipline of field umpiring.
She is closing in on 150 total CAFL games as an umpire, but none will be as significant as tomorrow's milestone.
AFLNT Umpire Development Coordinator Sam Cunningham described Lumyai as a confident umpire who has been quick to learn her trait.
"I first met Lumyai at a school carnival in 2018, where she was quiet and shy, but throughout the day she grew in confidence as she began to field umpire under the watchful eye of our AFLNT Central Australian umpire manager at the time, Andy Hood.
"Her development as an umpire is testament to her hard work on the field and at training. She is always willing to jump in and help at any stage across the weekend.
"She is a significant part of the core female umpiring group that is developing in Alice Springs. Along with her boundary partner Jesse Woolford, the female contingent in the CAFL is getting stronger and more achievements such as Lumyai’s will be witnessed in the not too distant future.
"On behalf of everyone at AFLNT we wish Lumyai all the best this weekend and beyond, may she run well."
When asked how she felt, Lumyai responded passionately.
"I love the whole footy side of things because it brings the town and community together.
"I love umpiring because not only do I make some money but it keeps up my fitness and I really enjoy getting to know the people I work with.
"The reason I started doing field umpiring was because I wanted to be able to explain calls and decisions to players who sometimes don't understand.
"I'm excited about this weekend and the rest of the season."