Colin came on board with us as an assistant coach after retiring in 2008. After Umpiring 311 matches, 13 finals a 1 Grand Final Colin has become a fantastic asset to our coaching staff. Hoody balances his time between assisting our Goal Umpires 2 night per week as well as weekend match observations as well as working with the AFL as an observer at the highest level. His knowledge and coaching skills he shares with our umpires is fantastic and with his guidance I am sure we will see one of our young up and coming umpires reach the next level in the years to come.
Last week the Geelong Umpires celebrated their 80th Anniversary. With a cocktail function on the Saturday night and a family day on the Sunday, let’s just say there may have been a few sore heads by Monday morning. It was a fantastic weekend with a lot of past and present umpires coming along and catching up for a laugh and drink to remember their time with the GFUL. One of our Umpires and Life member, Sam Mirabile, didn’t want to miss out on the fun either. Sam left home Saturday morning at 6:15am to umpire a colts match in Colac as a field umpire, then followed up by running the boundary for the seniors covering over 27km for the day. He then rushed back to Geelong so he didn’t miss out on any of the fun. Its people like this that make our association so great and their passion and loyalty to this organization really shines through. Thanks also to KRock’s Tom King and Geelong Advertiser’s Nick Wade for also running in a u/16’s match on the Sunday to celebrate our special weekend.
In umpiring when an interesting or unique situation comes up in a game we call it a “Blue Mooner”. Each week in this article I will ask a “Blue Mooner” question for you to answer. To find out the answer all you need to do is go to the Geelong Umpires website, www.gful.com.au, and look at “What’s your Decision” under the Coaching Information Tab. This week’s question is?
At a centre bounce, a centre square infringement is paid against the South Barwon Half Forward, however, the ball goes straight to the Leopold rover from the ruck contest and he is the clear to play on and take the advantage. Can He? What is your decision?
Remember to head to the website or check out next week’s article for the answer.
Last Week’s Question was:
A goal umpire is in the opinion that a goal has occurred, however the Field umpire fails to notice and pays a free kick to the Bell Park back Pocket player. The Goal umpire then runs out to the field umpire and informs him of the score. What is your decision?
Answer is cancel the free kick and give all clear for the goal
If you are interested in umpiring contact the Geelong Umpires on 03 5229 8599 or get down to the umpires’ rooms at Kardinia Park on a Monday or Wednesday from 4.30 pm onwards. Further information can be found on our brand new Geelong Umpires website. www.gful.com.au .
Remember to say something nice to the Umpires this weekend as they are giving it their all!
The Geelong Umpires would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2015.
Major: Metricon & Specsavers.
Gold: Buckley’s Entertainment Centre, Ford Credit Coop Society and Geelong Galvanizing.
Silver: Crossfit Geelong, Fagg’s Mitre 10, Kardinia Café, Rinnai, SC Technology, Sargeants Geelong and Technika.
Bronze: Barry Plant, Promote-It, and Routleys.