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 Molly McKenzie. Molly is a first year umpire who is show great promise and will feature on the boundary during this year’s finals series.
What year did you start umpiring: 2015
Total number of games: 16
What are your Umpiring Career Highlights? Nothing yet
How did you get into umpiring? I saw the advertisement on the back of my schools newsletter
What is the best part about umpiring? Friends, fitness and money
What would be your advice to anyone thinking about getting in to umpiring? It's a great way to make new friends, get fit and get paid. It's an awesome opportunity and it is a really great club that makes you feel so welcome and that you belong with their club even on the first night that you turn up. An amazing experience and you learn valuable life skills from it.
Do you have any pre game superstitions? None
What would be the funniest moment you have experienced since you started umpiring? Probably when I was too close to the play, and two players collided resulted in falling on top of me in front of the crowd.
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 full back is kicking in after a behind after being instructed by the field umpire to play on, he is tackled by the full forward inside the goal square and fails to dispose of the football correctly. 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:
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?
Answer is a free kick paid for running too far.
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.