Mike Ball (pictured left), Dean Margetts, Craig Hendrie and Geoff Hayes were all recently announced at Ernest Johnson Reserve, the home of umpiring in WA, to receive the honour this season. WAFC Umpiring Junior Manager, Paul Pitchers sincerely acknowledged the professional efforts of the selection committee in the nomination and final selection process.
Ball’s name is now attached to the WAFL Talent Academy, while Hendrie, Margetts and Hayes have the North, South and Peel District Talent Squads named in their honour after being nominated and selected by their peers.
Ball, who umpired 301 games including 45 AFL matches, said it was a humbling experience, but also a thrill to be recognised by his fellow umpires.
“It is nice to be rewarded and something I’ll definitely cherish,” Ball said. “The Talent Academy has been a really positive step for umpiring so it’s great to be associated with. It helps with the overall professionalism and gets the most out of umpires by adding to their skills on and off the field.”
“Identifying talent and providing that pathway is very important.”
Ball also congratulated Hendrie, Margetts and Hayes, saying all three were highly deserving of having Talent Squads bearing their names.
“These guys have been outstanding umpires – two of them at AFL level and Geoff, who has been involved at Peel for so many years. It is great to recognise someone from the area.”
Margetts, who has umpired 122 AFL games, also congratulated his colleagues on receiving the honour and described it as: “another positive step forward for umpiring in WA.”
“It was a bit of a surprise for me but a great thrill to think the Talent Squad could be named after someone still active. I think that still being involved makes it even more tangible for the younger guys to relate and allows me to pass on advice that is still very relevant,” Margetts said.
“Developing these Talent Squads is critical for the future of umpiring. There certainly wasn’t anything like this around when I started out so it’s good to see more focus being placed on helping young umpires develop.
“It not only helps them on the field, but helps build overall life skills and make them better people,” he said.
Mike Ball - WAFL Talent Academy
WAFL Games - 301 (45 AFL)
Grand Finals: 4 (83, 84, 86, 89)
AFL Finals: 1
Committee: 8 years, with 2 years as President
Other: WAFL Field Umpire Coach (2003-04)
AFL MDC (2003-04)
WAAFL Umpires Coach (1997-2000)
WAFC Umpire Development Manager (2003-2006)
WANFLUA Hall of Fame 1996
WANFL UA Life Member 1990
Dean Margetts - Junior District Talent Squad - South
WAFL Games - 224 (122 AFL)
Grand Finals: 2 (00,08)
Other: AFL Pre Season GF 2008
WANFLUA Life Member 2008
Craig Hendrie – Junior District Talent Squad - North
WAFL Games - 286 (69 AFL)
Grand Finals: 4 (01,02,03,09)
Committee: 2 years
WANFLUA Life Member 2005
Geoff Hayes – Junior District Talent Squad - Peel
246 Peel FL League Games
President PFUA 6 years
Peel Development squad coach for 5 years
Coordinated Umpire training programs at Mandurah Senior College