District umpires Daniel Van Tubbergh, Josh Platt and Corvan Hall tasted success at the recent V/Line Cup Carnival.LUKE MCMANUS April 17, 2014 3:39am
An important step in the pathway for prospective footballers, the V/Line Cup Carnival is providing the game’s officials with the same chances.
District field umpires Corvan Hall, Josh Platt and Daniel Van Tubbergh made a successful V/cup debut last week, joining 14 other central umpires from country and metropolitan Victoria at the four-day annual event in Melbourne.
After impressing coaches with his decision-making and positioning, Hall was one of three field umpires selected to oversee the division one grand final between Geelong and Peninsula Stingrays.
‘‘It was a great experience,’’ Hall said.
‘‘It was definitely a better class of football compared to local games, so I had to be prepared and focused throughout the whole game.
‘‘They were probably the best behaved players I’ve ever umpired, they were there to play footy and that was it.
‘‘It was good to pay a decision and have the players accept it and get on with the game.’’
Platt and Van Tubbergh also earned a final’s berth, selected for the division two decider between Central Murray and Hampden.
V/Line Umpire’s Academy head coach Alan Aylward said the boys reaped the benefits of the coaching on offer between quarters and praised the trio on their professionalism across the four days.
‘‘It’s pretty intense from a coaching perspective,’’ Aylward said.
‘‘There’s three boundary, three field and three goal coaches.
‘‘Two of the three goal coaches are former AFL umpires, two of them have umpired grand finals and the other officiated over 300 games.
‘‘They’re all really experienced guys and knew what they were on about.
‘‘The boys did a terrific job.’’
Aylward highlighted the opportunities stemming from the carnival, which will help the boys further develop their umpiring careers.
As a recipient of a division one final spot, Hall will now have an exclusive chance to umpire at a higher level later in the season.
‘‘Seven umpires who took part in last year’s carnival are now on the VFL’s development squad or rookie list so there are opportunities,’’ Aylward said.
‘‘It’s provides the exposure we’re after.
‘‘If the boys decide to move to Melbourne, those coaches now know who these boys are so there’s an opportunity for training sessions and further development.’’
Platt, 17, is the only one from the group to make the switch from playing to umpiring.
Hall, 16, was never allowed to play football due to a congenital heart condition, while Van Tubbergh, 16, knew nothing of the sport due to his South African heritage.
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