This year we have also been able to recruit umpires from other league with senior experience who also ran their first senior game being Cameron Place (from Ballarat), Lachlan Rooke (Warrnambool), Nick Ross-Watson (Colac), Marcus Boom (GFL Reserves), Luke McCarthy (Colac), Reece Noble (VFL & Riddle), Lucy Martin (Central Murray) and Chris Scherek (Western District). To be able to attract these umpires with senior grand final experience is fantastic and holds us in a great position going forward for the season.
You would think after doing nearly 800 games Boundary Stalwart Sam Mirabile should know by now what he needs to pack in his bag to umpire a game of football. Shirt, shorts, socks, whistle, sweatbands, pen and paper and runners. Unfortunately for Sam that is what he forgot, his runners. After asking all of his other team mates if they had a spare pair of shoes Sam got his hands on a pair of Football boots to run around in and let’s just say by the end of the game he had some blisters and sore feet.
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?
The Full Back is kicking the ball in after a behind, he kicks the ball to himself clear of hand and foot, then handballs the ball directly over the boundary line. 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:
The Full Back is kicking the ball in after a behind. After being instructed by the Field umpire to play on, he handballs the ball directly over the boundary line. What would be your decision?
Answer is Ball Up, the player has failed to bring the ball back in to play correctly.
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 and Technika.
Bronze: Barry Plant, Promote-It, and Routleys.