IT MIGHT have been a novelty for Huddersfield Rugby Union Club supporters to see a female referee.
But for Georgina Perrott, it was just another Saturday.
The 28-year-old Londoner became the first woman to take charge of a Huddersfield match as Hartlepool Rovers were beaten 43-8 in a North II East division clash at Lockwood Park.
And while supporters always tend to be less critical after a victory, there were no complaints about the woman in the middle at any stage of Saturday's showdown.
"The best compliment I can be paid is when people say they didn't even notice I was a woman," said Georgina, who was one of three London Society referees sent North on Saturday as part of an exchange system.
She was once a talented rugby player herself - playing flanker for England Students.
But Georgina took up the whistle six years ago when a nasty mountain bike accident left her hip damaged, which meant she could no longer take the impact of a tackle.
"It was a huge blow, because I was both a keen rugby player and a keen mountain biker," explained Georgina, a finance manager from Kingston-upon-Thames.
"The one good thing was that it got me into refereeing, which I can't imagine would have happened otherwise.
"I didn't want to lose the social side of being involved in rugby and a friend who was already a referee suggested I give it a go. I did, I enjoyed it, and I haven't looked back."
Georgina has been to far more exotic locations than Huddersfield - she was in action at the Women's World Cup in Barcelona in 1992 and is just back from an international tournament in Cape Town - but she thoroughly enjoyed her day out in West Yorkshire.
She said: "Coming up North has always been great.
"I always get a great reception, seldom any problems from the players - if anything they tend to be on their best behaviour! - and it's great to meet new people."
Among the people Georgina has met through rugby is her boyfriend, Christian Smith.
"I red-carded him when he was playing for Guy's Hospital in London, and we got talking afterwards," she laughed. "He got a three-match ban, which he wasn't too happy about, but he deserved it!"