In a historic moment in the National Rugby League Women’s (NRLW) competition, Kennedy Cherrington was sent off the field becoming only the second player in history to be dismissed in such a manner. This occurred during Sunday’s Grand Final rematch between her team Eels and the Knights.
Cherrington was reprimanded for a dangerous spear tackle, compelling referee Belinda Sharpe to give her the “red card” in the 43rd minute. This incident unfolded as she was reported to have tipped Knights forward Laishon Albert-Jones on her head.
The Eels were already facing uphill battle in the match, trailing by 14 points as they emerged for the second-half. The team was under significant pressure being reduced to 12 players following the exit of Cherrington.
The Knights, on the other hand, were in quite a commanding position. Spearheaded by English international Georgia Roche and influential forward Yasmin Clydsdale, they managed to post the first six points on the scoreboard within mere minutes of the game. Following this, Clydsdale collaborated with fullback Tamika Upton to add a second try within 10 minutes of the match kicking off.
Following Cherrington’s dismissal, the Knights didn’t miss the opportunity to increase their lead, scoring another try just a minute after the incident. Subsequently, teammates Abigail Roache and Sheridan Gallagher put their names on the scoresheet. By the 57th minute, the Knights had a commanding lead of 32-4.