Camden netball umpires take out top awards

Rising stars: Casey Walsh and Hayley Pope have achieved National B accreditation – meaning they can umpire professional B grade games. Picture: Supplied
Rising stars: Casey Walsh and Hayley Pope have achieved National B accreditation – meaning they can umpire professional B grade games. Picture: Supplied

Netball in Camden has had a big year.

The Camden and District Netball Association moved into its new home at Narellan Sports Hub and achieved its best NSW State Age Netball Championship results in the association’s history.

Even local umpires have had a great year.

Two of the associations umpires, Casey Walsh and Hayley Pope, have achieved National B accreditation – meaning they can umpire professional B grade games.

Casey has played for The Oaks Netball club since she was just nine years.

“At 12, an opportunity arose for me to umpire and I just loved it and so the umpiring journey started,” she said.

Casey was also awarded the Camden and District Netball Association Senior 2018 Award at the representative night.

Hayley has played with Camden RSL Netball club since she was seven years old and had her first umpiring experience at 14. 

“It was great to give back to club and at 14 it made me feel, so grown up,” she said.

“I just liked it and wanted to continue doing it.”

Hayley received the 2018 Umpire Committee award at the association’s representative night.

Both girls umpire every week for their respective clubs.

The girls have umpired representative carnivals, state championships, state age championships, metro league and more.

When asked about the future both girls said they hoped to be umpiring A grade games in 2020.

Camden and District Netball Association umpire convenor John Hahn said the umpiring program had been very successful this year.

“The success of 2018 does not happen by accident or without a lot of work being carried out in previous years,” he said.

“It started in 2016 when the association’s Umpires Committee started a development program to encourage and support anyone who aspires to become an umpire.

“And the work will continue into 2019.”