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The SMJFL is excited to recognise the efforts of Darcy Trewarn as a multi-talented player and umpire. Currently playing for Murrumbeena JFC, the youngster has used the South Metro Junior umpiring pathway to consolidate his skills and find his footing in the senior league.

Congratulations, Darcy!

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Fifteen-year-old Darcy Trewarn has become one of the youngest field umpires to adjudicate in a Division One senior game in the Southern Football Netball League (SFNL).

The last umpire to officiate at that age was Jeff Mark, son of legendary field umpire Keith Mark, who umpired his first Division One senior game 33 years ago in 1983.

Selected for the Round 9 Division One senior match between East Malvern and St Kilda City last month, Darcy had great support with him on the day, running out alongside experienced SFNL whistle-blowers Pete Marshall and Alan Manning,

AFL Victoria Umpiring Development Manager, Neville Nash said despite Darcy’s age, the youngster wasn’t overawed by the occasion.

“Darcy is a very mature person for his age, and takes everything in his stride,” he said.

“By all reports his senior debut was quite impressive, which will provide not only Darcy, but the whole southern umpiring development group a lot of confidence moving forward.”

Picking up the whistle just a few seasons ago, Darcy’s passion and for umpiring has grown from strength to strength after developing his skills through the South Metro Junior Football League umpiring pathway.

A talented all-round sportsman in his own right, Darcy’s ability to listen and learn is his greatest strength.

“For someone as young as Darcy, it takes a lot of confidence and skill to umpire a senior game of football,” Nash said.

“His ability to listen and learn from his coaches each week, and put his training into action is a great asset of his which will no doubt continue to develop as he gets older.”

Interested in umpiring? Although registrations for first time umpires have closed, you can now register your interest for 2017!