Call out for more umpires
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.
Field umpire Rodney Barden and boundary umpire Mikayla Thomas, 16, who represented the Pilbara at country week.