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    Port Lincoln umpires hoping to grow in 2019

    Jarrad Delaney


    The Port Lincoln Football League Umpires Association is working to get more umpires on board for 2019 while providing more opportunities for club umpires to take their skills to the next level.

    New association president Michael Blewit said the umpires were “getting by” at the start of the season but there was still some doubling up happening.

    The association aims to field a full list of umpires for under 17, B grade and A grade games and are also reaching out to club umpires to join the panel to earn some money and add to their umpiring skills.

    “What we’re doing is we’re running a panel umpire with B grade now to help develop club umpires to help them see it in a different light, rather than as a task,” he said.

    Mr Blewit said the association was happy to see a couple of young participants step up to be field umpires in 2019, Tyrene Gardiner and Jeremiah Barclay who it was looking at sending over to the Under 18 Championships in Adelaide later this year.

    The association is hoping to encourage club umpires to come onto the panel to raise a more consistent level of umpiring across the three grades.

    Anyone interested in umpiring is encouraged to come to training sessions at Centenary Oval on Wednesdays from 5.30pm.

    More information is available on the Port Lincoln Football League Umpires Association Facebook page or by emailing umpires@plfl.com.au.

    Article courtesy of the Port Lincoln Times.

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