Umpires fly the flag for NSW


Those dressed in white in our netball community have been busy in action – not just in our home state of New South Wales, but all across the world.

Netball NSW recently hosted the inaugural Inter-Regional State League competition and after two days of back-to-back netball, Orange were crowed the 2013 winners.  However it wasn’t just the regional players who were challenged over the weekend, with those in white given the opportunity to be coached by some of the best in the business.

National A Badge umpires Helen Dolbel, Duncan Lang and Rachel Hughes, along with National AA Badge Ronda Kimble, were on hand during the two days of competition offering practical coaching to the ten umpires officiating matches – including regional umpires who had travelled with the teams representing their region.

It was a family affair for Ronda in particular, with her grandson Thomas Turner behind the whistle for matches throughout the weekend.

Internationally endorsed umpires Rachael Ayre and Sharon Kelly have returned from the United Kingdom after officiating England’s test series against South Africa.  Ayre and Kelly, who also featured in the 2013 ANZ Championship Finals Series, oversaw three matches with England winning the series 3-nil in front of their home fans.

Staying on international news, Clare McCabe has recently been allocated to officiate during the New Zealand Silver Ferns v Malawi Queens international series to be contested in late October.  The IUA Badged umpire will be involved in the three-match series to be played from Thursday 24 to Thursday 31 October in New Zealand.

Another IUA umpire flying the flag for New South Wales is Michelle Phippard, who has also recently been allocated to officiate the Malawi Queens when they tour Fiji in November.  The IUA Badged umpire will be involved in the two-match series to be played on Saturday 2 and Monday 4 November against the Fijian national team.

While the winter season has concluded, there’s still plenty more netball to come with more than 700 umpires overseeing the 2013 Court Craft Night Interdistrict competition, beginning this Wednesday 2 October at the Anne Clark Centre.  Those in white will umpire 310 matches played across eight divisions during a ten week period while the twilight competition is contested.

During this time Netball NSW will also host its annual Rookies Camp on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November at the Anne Clark Centre.

The Rookies Camp is exclusively open to those umpires who have been awarded their National ‘C’ Badges during the 2013 season.  The weekend offers those ‘rookies’ an opportunity to learn from the best, including practical real-time mentoring during games.

For more information on the 2013 Rookies Camp, please visit or contact Jan Simpson, Netball NSW Umpire & Officials Development Coordinator, on 02 9951 5000 or