Twelve Kyabran and district umpires have been given roles in local league grand finals this year.
The ability and commitment of a group of Kyabram and district umpires has been rewarded, with 12 given roles in local league grand finals this year.
Andrew Moore has been selected as a central umpire for his fifth Goulburn Valley Football League grand final when Kyabram takes on Shepparton United at Deakin Reserve on Sunday.
Lytfi Bekirofski will also be in action on GVFL grand final day as a boundary umpire in the reserves match, while Nick Ryan will perform the same role in the under-18 final.
Last Saturday, Stuart Bott had the tough task of umpiring the feisty Murray Football League senior grand final between Echuca United and Mulwala, while Aaron Brasier was on boundary umpire duty in the same match.
Alek Stokes was a central umpire in the MFL under-14 final between Moama and Cobram, with Sam McConnell and Brad Hocking running the boundary.
Ben Napier saw action as a boundary umpire in the Kyabram and District Football League seniors grand final between Stanhope and Murchison, and Sam Langley, Dan Halliday and Aiden Briggs all had boundary roles in Picola and District Football League grand finals.
The umpires group trains twice a week and does a mixture of physical and umpire skills training.
Moore said he initially took up umpiring simply to get fit and while wearing GPS tracking devices in some matches this season, he has run 14
Some of the younger umpires said they started umpiring for a combination of reasons, including getting fitter to play football themselves, learn more about the game and get a different perspective, and as a good way of earning some extra money.
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