THE PRESEASON CONTINUES
Our preseason tour of the states began last week with our pilgrimage to Brisbane. What a turn around occurred during the off season with the AFL Panel losing field umpire, Ben Ryan to Melbourne and now closely followed by experienced field umpire, Chris Kamolins who is returning to Melbourne after a three year stint with his employer in Brisbane.
The group has added Matthew Mckenzie to its boundary stocks (Matthew was a rookie AFL field umpire until he decided to take on the boundary early in 2012), pictured below with 200 gamer Aaron Deckys prior to training. Matthew has been tutored by Aaron, and the two Nicks, Wade and Liparota. He was very pleased with his first up performance on the Gold Coast in NAB One and is looking forward to the start of the season.
Pictured: Aaron Deckys and Matthew McKenzie
The umpiring structure has also changed with the second tier NEAFL umpires joining their AFL counterparts back at their traditional home of Coorparoo. Aaron can't believe the new set up which includes ice baths, so after 14 years he no longer has to bring the ice to training.
Two young trialling field umpires had their first 2013 hit out last week and are looking forward to the season and whatever it may bring. First time trialling umpire, Aaron Hall who works at AFLQ as a development officer has been visiting Brisbane based NEAFL clubs rolling out the many and varied player and club education programs. So, Aaron, how does a club treat you when you turn up to roll out a program and you umpired them on a weekend? "Once they realise I'm just another guy and there to assist them the barrier is broken down pretty quickly. In fact it probably has its benefits because they know I can relate to them when I'm on the field in my umpiring capacity."
Aaron has been umpiring in Queensland since he was a teenager and has certainly worked hard to earn his spot on the trialling list.
Pictured: Aaron Hall
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