SUA hosts elite umpires

AFL umpires Stefan Grun and Chris Roberts visited Sale Umpires Association and local school leaders as part of the 2012 AFL Umpire Roadshow this week.

The three-day tour took in visits to Sale, Churchill, Morwell, Drouin and Warragul, with the AFL umpires conducting a session with school leaders at Sporting Legends in Sale before conducting Sale Umpires training.

The umpires were also on hand to join the group for a barbecue dinner and presentation after training with Grun and Roberts providing an insight into umpiring at the elite level.

Grun and Roberts discussed their pathway to umpiring at the elite level before local umpires took advantage of asking questions about umpiring AFL football including training work load, and issues that have been brought up in the media such as the debate on whether AFL umpires should go full time.

VCFL umpiring development manager Russell O’Toole also used the visit to announce Sale umpires who would be involved in the V/Line Cup during the first week of the school holidays, which will see TAC Cup under 15 development squads competing in Melbourne.

Lachie Floyd will officiate as a field umpire at the tournament, while Liam Keil has been selected as a goal umpire. David Read, Allan Magor and Davyd Reid will also attend the tournament as discipline coaches.

“I am thrilled and delighted to announce that we have got three coaches from Sale Umpires Association coming down to Melbourne in a few weeks time,” O’Toole said.

“Already you can see that the Sale Umpires is having an amazing impact on some of our development programs, not only with young umpires but with leading coaches.”

For more on the AFL Umpires Roadshow and other football news, including Footy Shorts, read Friday’s Gippsland Times.