Moller is best in his field

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By LEAH KIDD Leah.Kidd@news-mail.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HON­OURED: Redridge teenager Ben Moller has been im­press­ing with the whis­tle and the ball in hand on the Queens­land Aussie rules scene.

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