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 Josh Brown. “Browny” is one of the characters at the Geelong Umpires but since starting up has been an umpire who provides great value on and off the track.
What year did you start umpiring? 2008
Total number of games: 218
What are your Umpiring Career Highlights?
2012 BFL Senior Grand Final
2012 GDFL Senior Inter League
2013 GDFL Senior Grand Final
2 Most Improved Awards
How did you get into umpiring? I wasn’t much of a footballer but wanted to keep involved some way. Filled in for the seniors one day at St Albans played Bell Park when the boundaries didn't rock up, didn't have a clue what to do but Steve Guarnaccia helped me out as the field umpire and then inspired me to come down and give it a crack so I did!
What is the best part about umpiring? The friendships you form with your fellow umpires. Banter and enjoyment is such a key thing, if we didn't enjoy the training or the role we have in the game wouldn't be here!
What would be your advice to anyone thinking about getting in to umpiring? Don't be afraid to give it a go, ex players especially, you know the rules and the way football is played these days.
Do you have any pre game superstitions? Got to read the 'Whistleblower' section in the record. Plus lots of fluids and fruit before the game and by fluids water.
What would be the funniest moment you have experienced since you started umpiring? Coin tosses before the game, no one can seem to get them right especially myself! Too many to mention.
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?
In an exciting finals game at St Albans the field umpire fails to notice the boundary umpire blowing his whistle for an out of bounds decision. In the meantime, the field umpire pays a High tackle to a Belmont Lions player. What happens next? 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 full back is kicking in after a behind after being instructed by the field umpire to play on, he is tackled by the full forward inside the goal square and fails to dispose of the football correctly. What is your Decision?
Answer is a free kick for Holding the Ball.
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.