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 Peter Elliott. In my time with the Geelong Umpire Pete has been one of the leaders on and off the track. His work ethic and commitment cannot be faulted and is heading in the right direction heading in to finals.
Name: Peter Elliott
What year did you start umpiring: 2010
Total number of games: 265
What are your Umpiring Career Highlights?
GFL Reserves grand final GDFL Reserves grand final 3 time best field at training award Started umpiring at 118 kilos after having retiring from footy at 38 put on the weight now 92 kilos
How did you get into umpiring?
Watching my son play junior footy and approached one of the coaches Ray and asked how do I get into umpiring
What is the best part about umpiring?
Training, feels like I'm back in footy. Keeping very fit and getting paid to do so
What would be your advice to anyone thinking about getting in to umpiring?
If you are a retired player get back into the game with the best seat in the house
Do you have any pre game superstitions?
Yes. Have a coffee from bean squeeze and a salad roll before the senior game. Be at the game by 12.30
What would be the funniest moment you have experienced since you started umpiring?
Falling over backwards at last year’s Reserves grand final and fracturing my wrist in the first quarter. Never occurred to myself until the next day is that it was a bit swollen and sore. Got through the game without any problems.
A Barwon Heads player is awarded a free kick for an out of bounds on the full. When kicking the ball in the football fails to come back into play but goes over the fence 40 metres down the ground. 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 report can be made during a match, or on the day of the match and with the immediate proximity or the arena. What is that measurement?
Answer is within 500m of where the match was played
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!
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Major: Metricon & Specsavers.
Gold: Buckley’s Entertainment Centre, Ford Credit Coop Society and Geelong Galvanizing.
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Bronze: Barry Plant, Promote-It, and Routleys.