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State honour for mentor Marklew


AFL Wimmera Mallee football umpire Frank Marklew received state recognitio­n for his work mentoring and coaching new umpires.

Marklew won the 2023 AFL Victoria Developmen­t Coach of the Year award at a presentati­on event at Ikon Park, Melbourne.

He said it was an honour to be recognised, however he was shocked and humbled when his name was announced at the event.

“I knew I was nominated but there’s a lot of umpires across the state who put in hard work, too,” he said.

“I have been umpiring for 30 years and next year I am due to clock my 1000th game.

“I have been mentoring umpires for many years and in recent years took the developmen­t coaching role on.

“I have always been willing to help out and teach new umpires the rules and the right way to umpire.”

Marklew said he always said, ‘if you respect players, they will respect you’.

“I played over 200 games of football and when I retired, umpiring was a way to stay close to the action,” he said.

“I have always enjoyed Aussie Rules and to be out on the ground, you have a great view of the game.

“I encourage any young person, or retired footballer, or someone who wants to keep fit, to get involved in umpiring.”

Marklew said he received great support from his family, including his wife Carolyn and children Leigh and Aimee.

“A highlight was when Leigh and I umpired a grand final together,” he said.

“I’ve umpired nine or 10 Wimmera league senior football grand finals and grand finals with Horsham District League as well.

“I have always been supported by both leagues and our other umpires.”

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