KEEPING THE GLOVES ON: Harwood veteran Tim McMahon hasn’t discounted taking up umpiring when he pulls stumps on his cricket career. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
KEEPING THE GLOVES ON: Harwood veteran Tim McMahon hasn’t discounted taking up umpiring when he pulls stumps on his cricket career. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Help umpires strike back

CAPTAINS, coaches and administrators are being encouraged to join aspiring umpires at an upcoming two-day training course on the laws of cricket.

Cricket NSW director of umpiring and former Clarence River umpire Darren Goodger will facilitate the course at Coffs Harbour Leagues Club on the weekend of July 18-19.

It is aimed at prospective umpires wishing to receive nationally recognised cricket umpiring accreditation, but is open to anyone looking to improve their knowledge on the laws of cricket.

On July 15, Harwood Premier League captain and Lower Clarence president Tim McMahon sees a specialist on the shoulder reconstruction he received after missing the 2014/15 grand final win.

He said he was considering attending the course the following weekend. Who knows? There could be a new umpire in the ranks?

"No, I won't be umpiring," McMahon, who is hopeful of a full recovery, said. "But you never know when you'll be called upon.

"I hope some of the captains attend it, especially from the lower grades who sometimes umpire their own games. The day you stop learning cricket rules is a sad day."

The cost of the course is $40 which includes the Laws of Cricket, a set of course resource materials, revision questionnaires and the assessment task.

To register contact the North Coast Cricket Umpires' and Scorers' Association secretary robpye@bigpond.com or 0438 386 133.



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