It won’t just be a host of Tasmanian players preparing for the historic maiden North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos’ AFL Women’s match at North Hobart Oval this weekend, with a number of Tasmanians also set to take to the field as umpires.
Tasmanians Lucas Chamberlain and Rhys Goodyer will run the boundary in the first AFLW match held in Tasmania, while, Brayden White and Bryce Guy will hold down an end each as goal umpires, with fellow Tasmanian Kayden Wynwood their emergency and Sam Bridges an emergency field umpire.
This promises to be an exciting opportunity for the Tasmanian contingent, with every member in the mix to feature prominently throughout the 2019 AFL Women’s season.
This opening match at North Hobart Oval, however, promises to be a special occasion.
“This is just reward for these guys after all the hard work they’ve put in throughout their umpiring careers to date,” AFL Tasmania State Umpire coach Cameron Lee said.
“To umpire at such a high standard in front of friends and family in their home state is such a unique and rewarding experience for this group, and I know they will get plenty out of the experience,” he said.
Hobart-based 21-year-old Lucas Chamberlain is excited by what this experience will bring.
“The chance to umpire in front of some larger crowds and to potentially travel is something I’m really looking forward to.
“To work alongside other up-and-coming umpires from across the country at a top level of football will be a great experience,” he said.
Good mates Bryce Guy and Brayden White – 20 and 25 years of age respectively – will play crucial roles as goal umpires, with the two of them excited by what they can take away from the experience.
“Umpiring at an AFL level in February before our local season starts and getting that exposure is a great way to start the year for me,” Guy said.
“This will be an opportunity to further develop my skills, gain experience to widen my career and learn what I need to work on and what it takes to make it as a long-term senior AFL umpire.”
White, entering his 15th year of umpiring, admits that the chance to umpire at AFLW level is a step up.
“This will see us umpiring at one of the highest levels in the country, and I’m sure it will help further my career and development.
White also conceded that the chance to umpire alongside his fellow Tasmanians – including close friend Bryce Guy – will be one to cherish.
“Being able to enjoy this experience with my best mate will be very special,” he said.
Although listed as emergencies, both Bridges and Wynwood are also looking forward to the experience, with both citing that the experience of being involved will be crucial to their development.
Sunday 3rd February Kangaroos vs. Carlton
North Hobart Oval 1.05pm local
22 – Bronte Annand, 10 – Andrew Heffernan, 9 – Paul Rebeschini, Em: 25 – Sam Bridges
Lucas Chamberlain, Rhys Goodyer, John Cooper, Lachlan Marsden
Brayden White, Bryce Guy, EM: Kayden Wynwood