Set to um­pire in par­adise

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - ABBY BROWN

Three Mata­mata net­ball um­pires are tak­ing on the chal­lenge of um­pir­ing in Raro­tonga.

Meha Brown, Dwayne Paul and his sis­ter Lan­cia Paul will be um­pir­ing at the Net­ball in Par­adise tour­na­ment later this year.

Dwayne said um­pir­ing games which have Pa­cific Is­land teams will be a chal­lenge for them, as they will play a dif­fer­ent style than the Aus­tralian and New Zealand teams they will be com­pet­ing against. ‘‘New Zealand and Aus­tralian net­ballers play down the court, but Pa­cific Is­land teams play side to side,’’ he said. ‘‘As an um­pire you have got to an­tic­i­pate where the ball is go­ing oth­er­wise you will miss some­thing.’’

All three started out play­ing net­ball. Dwayne used to play for the New Zealand Men’s Net­ball team. Meha said they had all got into um­pir­ing to give back to their sport.

Dwayne, as a NZ B badge um­pire, went to Kuala Lumpur to um­pire a net­ball tour­na­ment in May. In 2010 he man­aged to get his New Zealand Prac­ti­cal Badge for um­pir­ing net­ball in just one year. This um­pir­ing badge usu­ally takes five years to gain.

With this qual­i­fi­ca­tion Dwayne could um­pire na­tional games. He has um­pired at the Trans-Tas­man Men’s Se­ries in Aus­tralia.

Lan­cia, as a NZ C badge um­pire, has um­pired na­tional tour­na­ments in New Zealand and has been on tele­vi­sion um­pir­ing cur­tain raiser games for the ANZ Cham­pi­onship. Meha, with his zone the­ory qual­i­fi­ca­tion which meant he could um­pire in his zone, has um­pired Maori net­ball tour­na­ments and the AIMS Games, which is a tour­na­ment of var­i­ous sports for 11, 12 and 13-year-olds. All three have been fundrais­ing, to get to Meha’s and Lan­cia’s first in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment, through hold­ing weekly net­ball tour­na­ments. They also have a Hal­loween event at Horse and Jockey planned for Oc­to­ber 31.

Meha, Dwayne and Lan­cia wanted to give a big thank you to all of their spon­sors and sup­port­ers.

They will also be able to fit in a bit of a hol­i­day while they are in Raro­tonga as they stay to De­cem­ber 10, with the tour­na­ment run­ning from De­cem­ber 3 through to De­cem­ber 8.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Dwayne Paul and Meha Brown, and Lan­cia Paul who is not pic­tured, will be um­pir­ing at a net­ball tour­na­ment in Raro­tonga.

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