Last week we had 2 first gamers on the boundary at North Shore for the colts. It is not uncommon for us to have debutantes running each week but this game was special because of who we had appointed. Jaward Hassan Zada and Javid Alizada, pictured above, were refugees from Afghanistan who 2 years ago jumped on a boat as 16 year olds and travelled 11,000km to find a better life. They spent months at Christmas Island before being transferred to Perth and then moving to Geelong. The greatest thing that these boys have shown me is their eagerness to learn the game of AFL and how excited they are to be involved in our organisation. We pride ourselves on giving everyone, no matter your background, heritage, size or age an opportunity to be involved in the greatest game in the world. These boys could be the start of something special for not only us but football in this region.
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?
A Corio Defender takes a mark between the goal and point post, the player walks over the scoring line to take his kick. He then kicks the football in to the Goal Post but the ball still comes in to play. 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:
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?
Answer is No Advantage, Free Kick taken at centre circle by closest player.
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.