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Umpires step out for Haisman Shield debuts

Vaughan Adams and Ray Lamaro will don their umpire hats for their first A-grade games tomorrow.

OLIVER CAFFREY February 7, 2014 4:05am

Vaughan Adams has swapped his playing gear for the umpire’s hat this season. He will umpire his first Haisman Shield game tomorrow.

Two Cricket Shepparton umpires will make their Haisman Shield debuts tomorrow.

Vaughan Adams and Ray ‘‘Daffy’’ Lamaro will take charge of an A-grade game for the first time after some impressive performances throughout the season.

Adams, a former president at Mooroopna, only brought an end to his playing career before the start of the season.

He said he never imagined getting into umpiring, but when he was left with his weekends free, he decided to take up the challenge.

‘‘It was only about two weeks before the start of the season and I wouldn’t have seen myself umpiring, but a few things happened and I wanted to try something different, so umpiring it was,’’ Adams said.

Along with a six-year reign as president of the Cats, Adams took on a number of different roles at the club, including captain, curator and serving on the committee.

Adams said even though he was slightly reluctant at first, he had enjoyed the challenge and was looking forward to umpiring the Central Park-St Brendan’s and Shepparton and Youth Club United clash at Deakin Reserve.

‘‘It’s been different, you’re the odd man out when you walk to the ground — you don’t have the club shirt on, so it definitely has a different feel, but the guys have been really great in every game I’ve had,’’ Adams said.

Adams’ umpiring career began at the scene of a disappointing time of his playing career.

‘‘It was D-grade at Invergordon and my last memory out there was playing C-grade many years ago — I got a shocking LB(W) decision from an umpire, which was a first-baller,’’ Adams said.

‘‘My second experience out there was great — they probably don’t have a lot of umpires in D-grade, but they were really good and respected all the decisions I made.’’

Meanwhile, Lamaro has far more experience in the caper after being heavily involved in Benalla District Cricket Association for a number of years.

He made the switch to Cricket Shepparton a few years ago for one season before returning to BDCA.

However, this season he has followed Euroa back across to the league and has grown in the role.

Even though Lamaro umpired numerous finals in BDCA, he only applied for his official umpiring accreditation this season.

‘‘I thought if I umpire in A-grade, I probably should get my accreditation, but to me it doesn’t make you a better umpire — I’m not different to when I wasn’t accredited,’’ Lamaro said.

‘‘Shepparton is a better competition, there’s a lot more skill and it puts a bit more pressure on the umpires.

‘‘I’m really lucky to have a good bunch of umpires around me, but I feel very confident of the A-grade game this weekend.’’

Lamaro will umpire the match between Tatura and Numurkah at Howley Oval.

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