#UmpireWeek in our community

In 2015, Netball Victoria celebrates umpires at all levels of the game with #UmpireWeek running from Monday 5th October – Friday 9th October, profiling umpires within the Victorian community.

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Chelsey McAndrew – C Grade Umpire


How did you get involved in umpiring?

I got involved in umpiring as I had been playing at Springvale for many years and they offered a good umpiring course that I took. I also got involved because my Nan is very involved in the umpiring industry and encouraged me to start. I then did a mini tournament at Caulfield and continued on from there

How long have you umpired for?

I have been umpiring approximately two and a half years. I umpired my first game in February 2013, and I am 15 years old.

What skill in umpiring is the hardest to master?

I think that the hardest skill to master for me is looking ahead and using the advantage rule correctly.

Do you get nervous before a game?

Yes I do get nervous especially if I am umpiring someone I know.

What do you enjoy most when umpiring?

I enjoy meeting new people but also learning new skills. Umpiring doesn’t only improve my umpiring skills but also my playing skills. I enjoy umpiring a tight fast game as it helps me learn and see new things.

Tim Marshall – B Grade Umpire


How did you get involved with umpiring?
I was a frustrated player and thought I would see why ‘it seemed so hard to get everything right’. Turns out that it was and is so much harder than knowing the rules and blowing a whistle.

How long have you umpired for?

I remember umpiring at primary school lunch times when we use to have fun games. The whistle I had was bright yellow plastic. Only in the last few years have I really got into it more and taken it more seriously.

What skill in umpiring is the hardest to master?

I would have to say vision in the hardest for me. We need eyes in the back of our head, and on the side, and probably another set on the front just to be sure.

Do you get nervous before a game?

I get a little nervous leading up to some games, but as soon as I’ve blown the whistle for the first time in a game, being nervous doesn’t even cross my mind. I think I get more nervous about getting a game time or venue wrong and being late, I can check it 100 times but I still worry that I’m at the wrong place or late.

What do you enjoy most when umpiring?

I love being able to be a part of a game that I have grown up with and like so much. The friends you make and people you meet along the way would have to be right up there with why I really enjoy it.

Ashlea Anderson – A Grade Umpire (left)


How did you get involved in umpiring?

My friend wanted someone to do the course with, so reluctantly I signed up. Luckily I did!

How long have you umpired for?

About 10 years.

What skill in umpiring is the hardest to master?

I would say your vision is the hardest skill to master, as it is the key to everything.

Do you get nervous before a game?


What do you enjoy most when umpiring?

I like that every game is different and offers a new challenge to enhance my umpiring skills.

Kate Wright – IUA/AA Umpire


How did you get involved with umpiring?

My Club needed an umpire one day on a Saturday when I first started playing so I thought I’d give it a go and I enjoyed it.  Later, umpiring was a way to earn some money and still keep playing as much as I could.

How long have you umpired for?

I umpired my first game when I was 11 years old, so I have umpired for a long time! I’ve had my All Australia badge since 1999 and my IUA since 2001.

What skill in umpiring is the hardest to master?

I’d like to say the ability to see everything, but I don’t know that you ever really master that one! So the next thing would be confidence.  There are so many things that can affect your confidence when you get out on court.  You have to put everything aside and believe in yourself. Your confidence (not arrogance) gives the players and coaches confidence and that’s when they really play great netball.

Do you get nervous before a game?

Sometimes. I used to get quite nervous a few days out before a really big game but over the years I’ve learnt to channel these nerves and excitement into a focus where I shut out everything but the game itself.

What do you enjoy most when umpiring?

Letting the players play.  They are so talented and when we as umpires let them compete – interjecting when we need to – the things they are capable of are truly awesome. That, plus the friends I have made along the way.

Samantha King – Bench Official


I have been involved with netball since I was nine years old. My mum taught and coached a school team in Rochester, which is where I grew up. I developed a love of the game there and went on to represent my school, association, and then region playing for Sunraysia District in the Mobil Country Cup.

I played State League for Golden City Bendigo before moving to Melbourne and I continued playing the sport for Victorian Churches before having to undergo a second knee reconstruction.

I am the proud mother of a 17-year-old daughter who has represented her state with netball and has been playing in the Victorian Netball League (VNL) for two years with City West Falcons. I also have an amazing son who is a track cyclist and loves his music, playing three instruments – fortunately not all at once. I am a full-time mum and part-time nurse working in mental health, which I thoroughly enjoy.


How did you get involved with scoring and timing?

I got into scoring when Sarah started VNL and really enjoyed it. From there I had some friends who encouraged me to become an Accredited Scorer and Timer.

I was asked to help out with the National Schoolgirls tournament in Melbourne and the Australian Netball League at the end of 2014. The experience I gained ensured I was then able to work with the ANZ Championship and also had an opportunity to score at the Australian Diamonds v England netball game held in Bendigo last year.

What about scoring and timing is the hardest to master?

Scoring is exciting but a little stressful; you have to get it right. I love the stress of it and the pace, and the fact that you get the best view of the game. One of the most difficult things to get used to is the pace.

What do you enjoy most?

The most enjoyable part for me apart from the actual game is the amazing people you meet; all of them very supportive and the common share a love of the game.

What is your next goal as a Bench Official?

I hope to be able to score at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.