Next weekend The Geelong Football Umpires’ League will celebrate their 80th year of service to local football since being established in 1935. To celebrate this milestone the Board of Management has a weekend of activities for all past and present umpires to attend.
Sunday 28 June will be a free Family Day BBQ at the GFUL Rooms with past Grand Finals on the big screen, photo board, uniform archive and a jumping castle for the kids.
The Board of Management warmly invites all former and current umpires, along with their family and friends to join us for this weekend of celebration.
RSVP is required for both functions by Friday 19 June.
Cocktail party, $30.00 per person (drinks at bar prices) Tickets must prepaid and are available from Geelong Umpires General Manager.
Late last week we were shocked to hear of the sudden passing of one our much loved life members Stan Pokorny. Stan was inducted as a life member in 2006, winner of the E J Wills Best Clubman, Senior Grand Final Umpire, and tribunal coordinator as well as helping out with the Match Review Panel for the last couple of years for AFL Barwon and the GDFL. Stan would always volunteer his time at finals to help out our umpires as our Umpire Coordinator to ensure everything ran smoothly on the day for the guys. In my short time with the umpires it was clear the he was a well liked member, always riding his bike to games and standing behind the goal umpires for a chat. Our Umpires will be wearing black arm bands in all grades of football as a mark of respect. He will be sorely missed by not only our Umpires but football in general. We send our sympathies to his wife and extended Family.
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?
After the ball has crossed the line for a Lara Goal, and prior to the field umpire giving the all clear, a St Mary’s player is pushed in to the behind post. 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:
After the ball has crossed the line for a Newcomb Goal, and prior to the field umpire giving the all clear, another Newcomb player is pushed in to the behind post. What happens next? What is your decision?
Answer is all clear for a goal then free kick at the top of the Goal Square
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.