AFL umpire Dean Margetts puts junior footy whistle blowers through their paces


Dean Margetts addresses the young umpires.
Dean Margetts addresses the young umpires.

MORE than 120 junior umpires learnt from AFL umpire Dean Margetts.

Margetts, also the WA Football Commission (WAFC) umpire development manager, passed on the importance of game management at a training session last week.

The commission session was delivered in partnership with Claremont, Subiaco and West Perth junior football leagues.

Margetts spoke about umpiring AFL and applying the laws of the game to ensure a match was played in a safe and fair environment.

He showed the group vision of dangerous tackles and workshopped game management strategies on how to manage such tackles.

WAFC community development manager Andrew Ridley said the workshop was a great success and believed every junior umpire got something valuable out of it.

“Dean Margetts is a great role model and mentor for our junior umpires aspiring to make it to the AFL level,” Ridley said.

“In addition to the work we are doing with umpires to improve the game-day experience for our football participants, we are also delivering a six-week coach education program across all districts and regions, which involves workshops at every local junior football club.”

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