Five NSW umpires have been included in the pool to officiate the 2015 Australian Netball League, in what Netball Australia is calling “one of the most credentialed groups in competition’s eight year history.”
Manly Warringah umpires Michelle Phippard and Bronwen Adams, Sutherland Shire’s Tara Warner and Hayley Burgess, as well as Emma Davey from Eastwood Ryde Netball Association join an 11-strong umpire pool that will officiate across the six week competition, which begins this weekend in Canberra.
Adams received her All Australia (AA) umpiring badge during the 2014 ANL finals, and says the experience in this year’s panel will benefit the whole group.
“The strength in the group will help bolster everyone and it’s a group that gives you a greater access to learning, and therefore development,” Adams told Netball Australia.
“It’s amazing to be surrounded by umpires who will be umpiring at Netball World Cup and also have consistently umpired ANZ Championship.
In 2014, Adams was a part of Netball Australia’s Emerging Talent Umpire Program, the second tier on the National High Performance Umpire Pathway, focusing on the development of Australia’s emerging high performance umpires.
The program enables these umpires to undertake professional development and identified training activities under the guidance, and with the support of both Netball Australia and their Member Organisation.
“There is a level of natural growth that happens with the pathway that’s in place, including the camps that Netball Australia have put in place for the emerging talent and the access to coaching throughout ANL,” Adams said.
“My overall goal as an umpire is to be as consistent as I possibly can on all games at all levels.”
The opportunity to umpire alongside Emerging Talent coach Phippard, pictured left, may present itself for Adams at the ANL when it begins on June 19, a prospect she is excited for.
“Michelle (Phippard) is my one of my favourite umpires to watch and also someone who has provided me with so much valuable feedback, so it’s definitely an exciting prospect for me.”
Adams recently returned from umpiring at the South-East Asian games.
She said the experience was rewarding but “testing” as she continues to develop her skills as a high performance umpire.
“Any exposure to international netball for me is a test,” Adams said.
“It’s such an area of growth that I need to focus on. The exposure to international netball for me is exciting and an opportunity to learn.”
The Netball NSW Waratahs will open the 2015 ANL season this Saturday 20 June when they take on the reigning Premiers Victorian Fury at 4:30pm at the Australian Institute of Sport’s Frank Stewart Training Hall.
Netball NSW will be on the ground providing updates throughout the match; stay tuned to our social media channels for action as it happens: www.facebook.com/OfficialNetballNSW, Twitter and Instagram @netballnsw.
Congratulations to all five NSW umpires, and best of luck along with our own Netball NSW Waratahs for the 2015 ANL season!
2015 ANL Umpire Pool
Bronwen Adams (NSW)
Andrea Booth (VIC)
Josh Bowring (TAS)
Hayley Burgess (NSW)
Emma Davey (NSW)
Marc Henning (VIC)
James Matthews (VIC)
Michelle Phippard (NSW)
Natasha Tassone (WA)
Tara Warner (NSW)
Kate Wright (VIC)
Article courtesy of www.netball.com.au