While Australian fans will have to wait for the upcoming Fast5 Netball World Series to cheer on their netball team now that the Diamonds’ successful 2014 season is over, Netball NSW will have someone to cheer in the upcoming New Zealand Silver Ferns v England series… and we don’t just mean 2015 NSW Swifts recruit Jade Clarke.
Netball NSW umpire Tara Warner has been allocated to her first international series after the 27-year-old was awarded her International Umpire Award (IUA) on the back of her performance in the 2014 Australian Netball League (ANL) Grand Final.
Warner joins fellow Australians Marc Henning and Paula Ferguson for the two-Test series, which begins tonight (Tuesday 28 October) in Rotorua. After starting her umpiring career with Fairfield City Netball Association, Warner told Netball Australia the allocation came as a surprise when she received the call-up from the International Netball Federation (INF).
“It’s very exciting for me,” Warner told Netball Australia before she prepared to leave for New Zealand.
“It’s certainly a wonderful opportunity and it’s one that I’ll take with both hands, go over and give it my best. It’s definitely going to be a good series. If you look at the rest of the world, there’s a lot of improvement happening across the board but I’ll just go out and do what I know I’m good at doing.”
Warner is a regular in white during the DOOLEYS State League competition, overseeing the 2014 Finals Series (including the Grand Final), as well as being allocated to the 2014 ANL season. Warner has also been part of the Australian ANZ Championship panel but knows international netball is another step up all together.
“I’ve had the privilege of umpiring a lot of these girls before but I know international netball is another step up in intensity and skill level altogether,” Warner said.
“I’m going to go out there and do my best over the 60 minutes.”
While Australian-based fans won’t be able to watch the Silver Ferns v England series, Netball NSW would like to congratulate Tara on her appointment and look forward to hearing all about the experience upon her return!