What do bench officials do?

Think writing on a scoresheet or pressing a few buttons connected to a scoreboard sounds easy? How hard could it be?

As it turns out, there’s plenty more to being a netball bench official at the Commonwealth Games than you’d think.

It’s one of the most important and high-pressure gigs behind the scenes on the Gold Coast – after all, when you do a good job no one knows you’re there, but make a single error and you might make headlines.

Want to know who’s doing what at every netball match throughout the tournament? Here’s a rundown on these critical roles.

Scorer 1

Scorer 1’s primary role is to complete the Official Score Sheet. Their tasks during the match include meticulously recording:

  • The score – numerically and progressively.
  • Whose centre pass it is.
  • Any team changes/substitutions that occur.
  • All successful and unsuccessful shots at goal.
  • Shooting statistics at the end of each quarter and the match.

Scorer 2

Scorer 2’s primary role is to complete the Running Score Sheet. They also call the score for Scorer 1 after each goal. That is, their focus is on the game, whereas the focus of Scorer 1 is on the Official Score Sheet. Scorer 1 and 2 work as a team throughout the entire match.

 

Statistician

On all Suncorp Super Netball and International Test matches in Australia, the traditional role of Scorer 2 is held by a statistician. The statistician has the same role as a traditional Scorer 2, however they are entering all the scoring information on a laptop, which is linked directly to broadcast. They also take on additional roles, including recording where shots are taken from within the goal circle.

Timekeepers

Timer 1 and Timer 2’s primary roles are to work as a team to ensure accurate timekeeping and timely alerts. This includes being on alert to immediately stop the clock when signalled by the umpire, as well as accurately timing the breaks between each quarter.

Bench Manager

The Bench Manager has an important role to play in overseeing the official bench and acting as the conduit between team managers, operational staff and broadcast. The bench manager is always an experienced bench official.

Join in

Think you might have what it takes to be a bench official? Why not start your bench official career today by jumping online and taking the free Netball Australia bench officials education course: https://netball.com.au/get-involved/bench-official-accreditation/

 

Our Commonwealth Games officials

Patricia Mann (NSW) – First Commonwealth Games

Katrina Taylor (QLD) – First Commonwealth Games

Malcolm Wright (WA) – Second Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup

Ruth Havrlant (NSW) – First Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup

Brian Hurley (VIC) – First Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup

Zachary Dawes (QLD) – First Commonwealth Games

Shane Chung (VIC) – Third Commonwealth Games (one as a tennis official), 1 World Cup

Lindy Murphy (VIC) – Fourth Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup

Kirrrily Zimmerman (VIC) – First Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup

Kim Prescott-Brown (WA) – First Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup

Christian Eshman (NSW) – First Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup

Yvonne Richardson (NSW) – First Commonwealth Games

Helen Robinson (WA) – Fourth Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup

Michelle Cooley (TAS) – First Commonwealth Games

Vanessa Skendaris (VIC) – First Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup

Sarah Tati (QLD) – First Commonwealth Games

Darelle Seal (WA) – First Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup

Petrina Pehi (WA) – First Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup

Wayne Shepley (WA) – Third Commonwealth Games, 2 World Cups

Christine Robinson (WA) – Fourth Commonwealth Games, 2 World Cups

Natalee Jennings (QLD) – First Commonwealth Games, 1 World Cup