Premier learning pathway for umpires

Netball NSW’s Samsung Premier League is one of the organisation’s most important High Performance pathways to help ensure the great talent within the state reaches its potential.

However, the Premier League isn’t simply a pathway for players; it is also a vital one for umpires and officials looking to continue personal development in their respective fields.

Not everyone wants to lift a Suncorp Super Netball or Samsung Premier League trophy. Some want to make sure the game of netball is played in a fair and honest manner, and that’s just as important.

The Samsung Premier League features the best umpires NSW has to offer. Some of them have officiated at Suncorp Super Netball and Australian Netball League level, yet return weekly to the Genea Netball Centre to officiate in the pathway that helped elevate them into High Performance.

With that in mind, Netball NSW are encouraging umpires of all levels to come along to the Premier League as it approaches the business end of the season. With such officiating talent on display, it can be a great learning experience.

“At Netball NSW we are always looking for the talented umpires and the Samsung Premier League helps to promote that,” Sharon Kelly, NSW Umpire Coach, says.

“You will see from the list below that we are very lucky to have these officials operating within NSW and to be able to observe them is something we should take advantage of.

“Many officials, as well as players, have aspirations to reach the top level of netball and the Premier League is one pathway to assist in making those dreams a reality.

“Of course not everyone can make it to the very top, but everyone certainly can learn from others to assist in their own development.

“The competition therefore provides great learning for officials of all levels and I would encourage everyone to come along if they can.”

Here are some of the umpires who will be on duty at the Genea Netball Centre this Wednesday, 2 August, for Round 10 of the Samsung Premier League:

Bronwen Adams: ITID (International Talent Identified) Umpire – Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) Umpire
Hayley Burgess: A-badged umpire – umpired Australian Netball League 2017
Emma Davey: ITID Umpire – SSN Umpire
Tayla Favell: A-badged umpire –umpired ANL 2017, attended Nationals 2017
Clare McCabe: IUA Umpire (International Award Umpire) – umpiring in upcoming Quad Series
Thomas Tuner: A badged umpire – attended Nationals 2017
Tara Warner: IUA – SSN Umpire – umpired at recent World Youth Cup
Tamara Welsford: A badged umpire – umpired ANL 2017, attended Nationals 2017, appointed to Emerging Talent Squad 2017/18