Young umpire ready for the experience of a lifetime
One of Karratha’s junior AFL umpires has won himself and a guardian tickets to the AFL grand final in Melbourne.
James Foster-Reed, 17, will take part in the grand final parade and get the chance to join other umpires on the MCG field at half-time, surrounded by an expected crowd of more than 90,000.
West Pilbara Junior Football Association is hoping to raise about $7000 to cover the cost of flights and accommodation to help James and his guardian make the trip.
“I have been to about 10 matches in my life but have played footy up here since I was six,” James said.
“It will be a great experience to go over to Melbourne and soak in the atmosphere at such a big event.
“I want Fremantle to win and I would love a derby grand final, but out of the top eight I would tip Hawthorn or West Coast to win.”
He said forking out for some cold weather clothing was on the cards.
After helping out when a junior game needed a spare umpire, James took to the challenge and completed his certificate one in on-field umpiring.
“Umpiring juniors, you get the chance to help them develop their game skills as well as showing them how to play the game,” he said.
“Usually they do know most of the rules but when it comes to playing, they make a few mistakes which is where I can help out during the game.”
James said having some of the local companies and residents already chip in support had been helpful.
Junior umpire James Foster-Reed, 17, has won a trip to the AFL grand final.