Umpires shift on ANZAC eve

AFLQ umpires will train at Wilston Grange ahead of tomorrow’s Allied Pickfords Cup match.

Tomorrow night’s Allied Pickfords Cup ANZAC match will provide community umpires with a rare experience.

The umpires have arranged to move their Wednesday training session to Wilston Grange, and the group will stay on to watch the game between the Gorillas and Sandgate.

With umpires usually positioned across South-east Queensland, the game will be a rare opportunity for the umpires to observe a game all in the one place.

AFL Queensland community umpire manager, Andrew Reeves, said the night would provide a way to educate umpires as well as train.

“The game will be a great way for the umpires to learn more in a live situation, where they can see all the positions and where the umpires are throughout the match,” Reeves said.

“Normally, we look at video tapes, but to actually be able to see positioning and to watch a whole game unfold will be really beneficial.”

 While in the past, the umpiring group has done a similar type of education session by attending an AFL game, tomorrow night is the first time that AFL Queensland has done this at a community level.

“It’s a great learning opportunity for the umpires.”

“A live game provides a good discussion point for the umpires and a way to improve their umpiring.”

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