In her first Netball World Cup as a Bench Official, Kirrily Zimmerman was among four Victorians selected as technical officials for the gold medal match.
An important role in any netball competition, the Bench Official is responsible for ensuring the correct score is recorded, the correct time is played and other match details are recorded accurately.
Zimmerman admits that officiating the high profile match of Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns in front of a world-record 16,752 home crowd rattled her nerves.
“I was extremely anxious about being selected for the gold medal match,” said Zimmerman.
“It was always going to be a close game, and an error in the timing can make a difference to the result.”
“It was a massive relief at the end of each quarter when the umpire alerts worked and the umpires blew their whistle.”
Zimmerman said she has been a Bench Official for a few years now, starting out in the Victorian Netball League to help her club out.
“I enjoy being involved in the game, meeting new people on the bench and having the best seat in the house.”
“Being a Bench Official is a tremendous way to get involved in the sport.”
“I would never have been able to be involved at the elite level as a player, coach or umpire, so this is another pathway to get involved,” said Zimmerman.
Zimmerman hopes to be selected to officiate in an upcoming rematch of the World Cup Final in Melbourne, in which the Diamonds and Silver Ferns will renew their trans-Tasman rivalry with the Constellation Cup on the line.