Tahlia set to call the shots in Ade­laide

Hills Gazette - - SPORT -

TAHLIA Ben­nett has es­tab­lished her­self as one of the State’s most promis­ing young netball um­pires.

She has been se­lected to travel to Ade­laide as an um­pire for School Sport Aus­tralia’s un­der15 Netball Cham­pi­onships, part of the Pa­cific School Games in De­cem­ber.

Tahlia, who earned her Na­tional B um­pir­ing badge this year, said she could not believe it when she heard.

“It didn’t re­ally sink in un­til my as­so­ci­a­tion and re­gional de­vel­op­ment um­pire co-or­di­na­tors con­grat­u­lated me and ex­plained the ex­pe­ri­ence I had ob­tained in depth,” she said.

“The Ade­laide trip will pro­vide me with many great ex­pe­ri­ences and op­por­tu­ni­ties, but I’m truly grate­ful that I’ll be able to work with new coaches to reach the level of um­pir­ing that oth­ers see in me.”

Tahlia said her um­pir­ing jour­ney be­gan three years ago when she joined the Green Shirts de­vel­op­ment pro­gram.

“As I’ve ma­tured, it’s great to ex­pe­ri­ence the dif­fer­ent coaches’ feed­back on what to im­prove and how,” she said.

She still plays and coaches, but said she loved be­ing able to en­joy the game with­out hav­ing a vested in­ter­est.

“I en­joy the thrill of a close game or fi­nals and how I have com­plete con­trol,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d474005

Netball um­pire Tahlia Ben­nett is go­ing to be blow­ing the whis­tle at the un­der-15 cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide.

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