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 Ian Beddison. In my time with the Geelong Umpires Ian always puts his hand up to help out wherever he can on or off the field.
What year did you start umpiring: 1994 as a club umpire with Horsham in the WFL joined the WFUA in 2004 umpired 85 games with them in 2008 retired to Geelong started in 2009 with the GFUL. 2009
Total number of games: 229 with the GFUL.
What are your Umpiring Career Highlights?
3 Wimmera Senior grand finals
GFL Colts Grand Final 2010.
GFL Reserves Grand Final 2011,
BFL Reserves Grand Final 2013.
Best Clubman 2013
BFL Reserves Grand Final 2013
How did you get into umpiring? Asked could I help as a club umpire. Then was approached by the WFUA joined them had 4years with them retired to Geelong in 2008 and joined the GFUL the following year.
What is the best part about umpiring? Being still involved in a game that I played over 300 games in. Giving back to the game, making new friends as umpires and club personal and also keeping fit
What would be your advice to anyone thinking about getting in to umpiring? Come down to training have a look around speak to the coaches decide which discipline you are interested in have a run with the group. Just have a go, you may enjoy it.
Do you have any pre game superstitions? None
What would be the funniest moment you have experienced since you started umpiring? I won't mention the name of the umpire but my first game with the GFUL in 2009, heading down to Modewarre with an experienced umpire who said he knew the turnoff to get to the ground but we got halfway to Winchelsea! I won't forget where the turnoff is after that, I don't think he would've either.
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 St Joseph’s player runs with the football for 14 metres then handballs it over his opponents head and regains possession, without the ball touching the ground, 3 metres past where he handballed it. 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:
After a heavy downfall of rain, the clubs involved at McDonalds Reserve agree to move the centre square out 15m towards the outer wing. Can this occur? What is your Decision?
Answer is yes, as long as both clubs agree.
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.