In the Lead up to Finals I will be highlighting some of our umpires who have either just got in to the game or been long serving members. This week’s profile umpire is on Peter Elliott. In my time with the Geelong Umpire Pete has been one of the leaders on and off the track. His work ethic and commitment cannot be faulted and is heading in the right direction heading in to finals.
Name: Rye Grossman or as lots of the spectators call me Gary Ablett!
What year did you start umpiring: Back in 2006, I have had a few years off in between this time however.
Total number of games: No idea. Maybe close to 200.
What are your Umpiring Career Highlights?
2008 GDFL Grand final,
2014 GFL Grand final and most-outstanding Boundary Umpire,
2015 GFL V GVFL Interleague Boundary Umpire
How did you get into umpiring?
As a kid I had an unusual habit of watching the umpires so my Uncle Paul told me to come down and give it a shot.
What is the best part about umpiring?
Great way to keep fit, watch great footy and that 99% of us get grandfinals at the end of the season!
What would be your advice to anyone thinking about getting in to umpiring?
There is no harm in trying. Get down to the rooms, sign up, get your kit and most importantly enjoy it!
Do you have any pre game superstitions?
You can over prepare. I'm one that people would say I'm too relaxed with my approach to games, but I rather to be casual and calm and enjoy the moment.
What would be the funniest moment you have experienced since you started umpiring?
Apart from some of the names I've been called, I would have to say I think it would be a day in 2008 at North Shore. It was my first season of GFL footy and a bit of a windy and wet day. The ball went out of bounds and I fetched the heavy Sherrin to toss back in. In the process of the throwing the ball back into play, somehow I released the ball so it would not go over my head, but rather over the fence and into the crowd. One of those moments as an umpire you just dread because you know whats coming straight back at you from the spectators!
After a heavy downfall of rain, the clubs involved at McDonalds Reserve agree to move the centre square out 15m towards the outer wing. Can this occur? 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 Barwon Heads player is awarded a free kick for an out of bounds on the full. When kicking the ball in the football fails to come back into play but goes over the fence 40 metres down the ground. What is your Decision?
Answer is throw in from where the kick was taken.
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.