Teen umps in control

June 14, 2018

WE'LL BE THE JUDGE - Jack Norris and Connor Hawes had some significant umpiring milestones last weekend.

IT WAS a big weekend for two local boys.

Jack Norris and Connor Hawes made their umpiring debuts last weekend, with 15-year-old Norris umpiring his first central GVFL senior game and Hawes umpiring his first game as central umpire.

Norris is the association’s 200th umpire to umpire GVFL seniors and the second youngest ever when he was on the field umpiring the United v Seymour game at Deakin Reserve.

And it was all by chance — and a way to make a few dollars.

“About five years ago mum saw a Facebook post about the league looking for boundary umpires,” Norris said.

“Since then, Moorey and Ben have been great mentors and helped me get to where I am today.

“I’ve been in central for two years for the seniors, this year it’s been mostly in the MFL, hopefully I can stay in the GV league.”

Hawes was in the Kyabram District League, overseeing the Merrigum v Undera clash as central umpire.

“Moorey hooked me up, I thought it would be a good way to make some money,” Hawes said.

“Last year I was umpiring the GVL thirds and being boundary for the seniors and this year I’m also playing thirds for the Bombers.

And the pair didn’t show any signs of being nervous, taking it all in their stride.

“It should be pretty good; it’s a different game every week so it keeps it interesting,” Hawes said.

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