Youth increasingly filling umpire and referee gaps in community sport

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Alex Blain
Matt Hughes
By James Halley, Alex Blain, and Matt Hughes · Updated December 21 2021 - 4:24am, first published December 12 2021 - 9:00pm
SHORTAGE: Umpires and referees in country sport are worth their weight in gold, with many codes struggling to fill holes. Picture: FILE

Behind having a ball, a patch of grass and a few eager players there isn't a much more vital piece to community sport than the umpire.

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James Halley

Journalist

Alex Blain

Alex Blain

Journalist

I am a general news/sports journalist with the Wimmera Mail-Times in Horsham. My work has appeared in the Age, the Geelong Advertiser, the Australian, the Jakarta Globe and across the airwaves on Radio Australia.

Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes

Journalist

Matt is a sports journalist at The Standard.