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 Bridget England. Bridget is one of our female boundary umpires who balances her umpire commitments around her uni and work and is one of our leaders with a lot of our younger members
What year did you start umpiring? 2010
Total number of games: 100+
What are your Umpiring Career Highlights?
Being selected for Grand Finals, 2014 GDFL Reserves Grand Final
How did you get into umpiring? I saw it in my school newsletter at St Ignatius College
What is the best part about umpiring? Personally I umpire for the fitness
What would be your advice to anyone thinking about getting in to umpiring? Do it! It's amazing how much you will learn about yourself and other people - as an umpire I have gained respect, resilience and endurance. It is something to give a go!
Do you have any pre game superstitions? No
What would be the funniest moment you have experienced since you started umpiring? In one game I went to through the ball in, however it went straight up into the air and I caught it. I turned around, laughed and apologised - then did one of my best throws back!
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 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?
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 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?
Answer is a free kick for high contact.
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.