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