KATHERINE Umpire Association junior members, Dean and Ferne Callaghan have been rewarded with upcoming interstate Northern Territory selections for AFL umpiring, in recognition of their continued efforts in the NTFL season 2011/2012 and local Big Rivers Football League.
Dean, aged 17 and a Year 12 student at Katherine High School, is off to field umpire at the 2012 NAB AFL National U16 Championships live-in camp in Western Sydney, leaving on Friday 6th of July and returning on Saturday 14th of July. Dean will be coached by AFL level 3 umpire coach PD participants and will umpire across three u16 divisions for the first time, which includes a new division 3 - World XV111, South Pacific, and Flying Boomerangs and WA Kimberly teams.
Ferne, aged 16 and a Year 10 student at Katherine High School, is off to goal umpire at the 2012 NAB AFL National U18 Championships Round 4 & 5 live-in camp in Melbourne leaving on Thursday 28th of June and returns on Thursday 5th of July. Ferne will be officiating at appointed games throughout the Championships and be observed from the AFL Umpiring Department, including AFL Goal Umpires Technical Consultant Neil McLean.
This experience will be a huge step up from Ferne’s previous NT umpire representation at National U/16’s back in 2010.
It’s not too late to join the Katherine Umpires Association for the local 2012 Big Rivers Football League with people of all ages (13+) and fitness levels welcome to join us at umpiring training at Nitmiluk Oval from 5.15pm Wednesday’s.