Congratulations also to all umpires appointed to this weekends BFL grand finals and GFL preliminary finals games at Simmonds Stadium.
During the Finals series 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 BFL Grand Final Umpire Paul McElhinney. Paul has performed consistently on the big stage at this time of the year in the past and will continue his great form from this season in to today’s block buster between Geelong Amateurs and Torquay in the senior clash.
Name: Paul McElhinney
What year did you start umpiring? 1995
Total number of games: 485
What are your Umpiring Career Highlights? GFL Senior Grand Final 2012. Australian Country Championships 2012 in Wagga Wagga. Most outstanding Field Umpire 2012. Field umpire of the year VCFL 2012. Vic Country Championships 2008 group A, 2013 1 V 2.
How did you get into umpiring? I came across umpiring reading a story about it in the Addy.
What is the best part about umpiring? being involved in the greatest game in the world!
What would be your advice to anyone thinking about getting in to umpiring? Just have a go.
Do you have any pre game superstitions? No
What would be the funniest moment you have experienced since you started umpiring? Umpiring at Bannockburn and being told I'll be in the bush nest week.
This week’s question is?
In an exciting finals game at Drysdale, the siren goes to end the game however the umpire in control fails to hear the siren due to the large crowd and awards a mark straight in front to the full forward. The mid zone umpire runs down to inform the end zone umpire that he heard the siren before the completion of the mark. 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:
In an exciting finals game at West Oval, a Colac forward kicks a goal from the pocket to level the scores late in the last quarter. After the ball goes through for a goal the field umpire notices the boundary umpire blowing his whistle for an out of bounds decision. What happens next? What is your Decision?
Answer is annul the score and throw the ball in where it went out of bounds.
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.