Call out for more um­pires

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Pil­bara foot­ball of­fi­cials are call­ing for more peo­ple to step up as um­pires in the new sea­son.

WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion Pil­bara re­gional de­vel­op­ment man­ager Vicki Agnew said teams of all lev­els across the re­gion were look­ing for more field, goal and bound­ary um­pires to en­sure games could go ahead.

That in­cludes men’s, women’s, mas­ters and ju­nior foot­ball teams, which are hav­ing to rely too of­ten on the same hand­ful of peo­ple for um­pir­ing du­ties, she said.

“We need them des­per­ately,” Ms Agnew said.

“We need more (um­pires) to keep it go­ing and we need new blood com­ing through.”

Ms Agnew said re­cruit­ing new um­pires for lo­cal foot­ball was al­ways dif­fi­cult, de­spite there be­ing many perks to the role.

“They are the most im­por­tant team,” she said.

With­out an um­pire you don’t have a game.”

“The ben­e­fits are no dif­fer­ent to play­ing — you’re get­ting fit, learn­ing new skills, you’re cre­at­ing new mates, you have the so­cial as­pect.”

“You can get paid for it, and there’s tal­ent path­ways.”

Foot­ball um­pires gen­er­ally earn about $100 a game.

Men and women of any age are en­cour­aged to ap­ply and “no one will be turned away”, Ms Agnew said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Field um­pire Rod­ney Bar­den and bound­ary um­pire Mikayla Thomas, 16, who rep­re­sented the Pil­bara at coun­try week.

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