In one of the toughest, yet most rewarding jobs, the Club Volunteer Umpires take to the field each week with the league’s youngest participants.
For a number of years, parent volunteers have donned the fluoro and help the Modified Rules Competitions run. These volunteers are integral to the development and enjoyment for the players starting their junior football journey. Two umpires officiate the game, not only keeping control of the game, making fair decisions but creating a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere for the young participants.
Every year we are so happy to hear the stories of these dedicated volunteers who are in middle of the action throughout the season. In 2018, we narrowed it down to three finalists.
- Murray Stranger – Mordialloc-Braeside JFC
- Mark Linton – Dingley JFC – winner
- Chris Morgan – Mordialloc-Braeside JFC
Mark Linton’s nomination notes from home club Dingley JFC lead him to be awarded Club Umpire of the Year.
Mark is said to be a fantastic umpire who always put the safety of the kids first and explains his decisions in a way that is comprehensible and positive. His ability to keep the game flowing and fun for the kids cannot be understated and is key to his many nominations and large support for his style of officiating games.
He goes above and beyond his volunteer duties by always putting his hand up to umpire other games including Under 12 Girls and Under 8’s.
If you’d like to be a Club Volunteer Umpire for your Club’s Modified Rules teams, please express interest to your Club Committee.