Moller is best in his field
REDRIDGE Aussie rules umpire and player Ben Moller was named the best field umpire under 15 years at the under-15 State School Boys Championships at Morningside, Brisbane.
Moller’s Aussie rules ability is not only with the whistle, he is a promising player is his own right.
He gained selection to represent the under-16 Sunshine Coast talent squad at the state championships and made his senior grade Wide Bay AFL debut for Brothers Bulldogs on May 31 against Hervey Bay.
The game wasn’t one to remember for Moller as Brothers received a 32.12 (204) to 3.2 (21) flogging but his personal performance was.
Against the big-bodied Hervey Bay players Moller didn’t back down and will surely be called on again this season.
Moller first started umpiring to give his dad, Matt, a hand when he was umpiring the juniors in Bundaberg on Friday nights.
He believes being an umpire has helped his understanding of the game and he said he loved being able to tell his teammates some of the more complicated rules that they did not understand.
“I prefer playing but when I can’t play I umpire just to stay involved in the sport I love,” Moller said.
Moller umpired at the under-12 national championships in Darwin last year and has gone on to even higher honours this year.
Although he says he has no interest in pursuing umpiring, he will see where his playing career takes him first.
Moller’s story reflects the belief that AFL players make great umpires.
HONOURED: Redridge teenager Ben Moller has been impressing with the whistle and the ball in hand on the Queensland Aussie rules scene.