Footy umpires hoping for new faces

COLAC district football umpires hope to meet their next batch of whistle blowers at a meet-the-coach event tonight.

Umpire officials will host a barbecue following their training run at Colac’s Lake Oval tonight to give new and old members a chance to get to know each other and meet incumbent umpires coach Lindsay Murnane.

President Luke McCarthy, in his second year at the helm, said he hoped to attract a host of new faces, with umpiring suited to anyone aged 12 or older.

“It’s a great way to get fit and there are a lot of places umpiring can take you, a lot of professional things it can lead to,” he said.

“In the past it’s just sort of been for our own members but I thought we could try and open it up and get some new faces in.

“It’d be nice to get a few new people even if they’re not sure if they want to do it, it couldn’t hurt just to turn up and talk to some people and say G’day.”

Mr McCarthy said boosting umpire numbers, in particular field and boundaries, would also help improve whistle blowing in the district.

“Numbers weren’t a massive concern last year but at the same time it would be a great advantage to everyone that plays football, for us to have an excess,” he said.

“It means umpires are more dedicated to keep their spot.”

Training supervisor Chris Egan will host a light training, which umpires do Monday and Wednesday nights, at 5.45pm with a barbecue at 6.30pm.

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