Pictured with St Martinís Lutheran College students are: Front Row (kneeling) - Terry Willoughby, SANFL Regional Umpiring Manager, South East Zone Standing (left to right) - Jim May, President, Western Border FL, Wayne Kerber - Lutheran Church Minister, Western Border FL Grand Final Umpire, Ian Perryman - SANFL Regional Development Coordinator

South East Umpires Say Thanks

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The South East Football Umpires used the last day of the school term to make a special presentation on Friday 30th September to a student assembly at the St Martinís Lutheran School in Mount Gambier for their support of umpiring in the past 5 years.

South East Football Umpires committeeman and SANFL Regional Umpiring Manager for the South East Zone, Terry Willoughby accompanied by Western Border Football League president Jim May and SANFL Regional Development Co-ordinator, Ian Perryman presented a plaque surrounded by a montage of photographs showing many of the students and staff who have been recruited to umpiring in the past 5 seasons.

In presenting the framed award to St Martinís Lutheran College Principal Mrs. Diane Eckermann, Terry stated that the school should be justifiably proud of their contribution to country football. The contribution covers all disciplines of umpiring and all grades in the Western Border FL Juniors and Seniors. Terry made special mention of the high quality of many of these umpires given their performances in finals.

St Martin's Lutheran College have also been represented in the SA Country Zone Championships by field umpire, Sam Phelan and goal umpire Michael Button at SANFL U/18 level and at the SA v WA Country game at AAMI Stadium earlier this year.

Terry closed by saying with the help of the SANFL, a school based academy would be set up in 2012 and that he hoped more students would take up the opportunity to participate. At present the school has 20 students and staff registered with the South East Football Umpires which equates to almost 1 in 20 from the school and almost 25% of the umpires panel, a remarkable achievement.  

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