Ron Roebuck takes charge of 1000th game as field umpire


Ron Roebuck is still going at 72.
Ron Roebuck is still going at 72.

A BALLAJURA man has become just the fourth football umpire to reach the 1000-game milestone in community football.

Ron Roebuck (72) has been umpiring for 35 years in many leagues but mainly in the WA Amateur Football League, and has umpired 12 grand finals across different levels.

He has spent the past seven years as an umpire for the Ballajura Senior Football Club.

The umpiring veteran umpired the D2 league and reserves games at Kingfisher Oval in Ballajura on Saturday.

Ballajura president Lawrie Kane said Roebuck was a valuable member of the club.

“In Ron’s time at Ballajura, he has umpired at least two games every weekend giving him a tally of over 250 games with us,” Kane said.

“Ron moved to our club as the then-president Tammy Jolley was trying to rebuild the club.

“He has umpired all grades for us and still at 72 contacts us at the start of the season to make sure we can provide him with two games.”

Kane said the umpire was passionate about football and maintaining fitness each week.

“Ron has never had to call in sick in his time at Ballajura,” he said.