Short Sport, September 26, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 September, 2012, 1:48am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 September, 2012, 2:38am

First woman set to umpire grand final

The first female umpire to officiate in the grand final of Australian Rules says she cried when she received the news. Goal umpire Chelsea Roffey will break through the gender barrier in Sunday's grand final between Hawthorn and Sydney, in front of 100,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Roffey said "I've been dreaming about this day for a long, long time. Getting the phone call [from umpires boss Jeff Gieschen], I was pretty much speechless. I think Jeff said 'congratulations' and I teared up and had a bit of a cry." AP


Perkins to help probe Australian pool flop

Australia's top sports authority has chosen double Olympic gold medallist Kieren Perkins to be part of a review panel charged with probing the national swim team's flop at the London Games amid reports of bullying and disharmony away from the pool. Eight-time Olympic swimming medallist Petria Thomas will also be on the panel. Reuters


US wants Olympics again, says Probst

US Olympic Committee (Usoc) chairman Larry Probst says the United States wants to bring the Olympics back to America in the wake of leading the gold and overall medal tables this year in London. "Make no mistake, we do want to bid and we do want to win, but we will only bid if the business logic is as compelling as the sport logic," Probst said. AFP


Springboks keep faith in struggling Steyn

South Africa's under-fire flyhalf Morne Steyn could keep his place in the side to face Australia on Saturday in the Rugby Championship following injuries to Francois Steyn and Johan Goosen. "You obviously want to give players a break when they are fatigued, but if I hadn't called Morne Steyn into the test squad then he would play Currie Cup for the Bulls," coach Heyneke Meyer said at Loftus Versfeld. "The pressure won't go away for him, the Bulls are also under pressure. It's best to keep him involved with us. He's taken a lot of criticism but you're still working with a human being and I can see that he is himself again back at home. I'm not just going to throw Morne away. He just kicked badly and Johan is not 100 per cent and I've been bringing him through slowly. If I bowed to public pressure, then I would change the team every week. AFP