Ac­co­lades for lead­ing whis­tle-blow­ers

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

Not to be left out of the North Pil­bara Foot­ball League medal count last month, a num­ber of the league’s um­pires were hon­oured.

Head um­pires Scott Buck­ing­ham and Rod Bar­den handed out two um­pire-ded­i­cated awards.

The R ising Star Award was given to Kir­win Vin­cent while the Golden Whis­tle was given to Phil Davies. Sim­i­lar to mile­stone games play­ers cel­e­brate, um­pires were also com­mended.

Harry Tay­lor and Bar­den were recog­nised for 150 games, Harry Hom­mel for his 200th game. Davies and Mick Find­lay were com­mended for 250 games um­pired.

In a special West Aus­tralian Coun­try Foot­ball award, Bar­den re­ceived the NPFL Vol­un­teer Award for his ded­i­ca­tion to um­pir­ing in the league.

“I lost my Mum last Sun­day and she said to me be­fore make sure you make it back to the footy,” he said. “So I feel very sup­ported, it’s part of the job and I’m very proud to re­ceive this award.”

This year the league had nine bound­ary um­pires who will now grad­u­ate to field um­pire train­ing for next sea­son.

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