BOOTH AND TASSONE UMPIRING AT ASIAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

Former Australian 21/U member Andrea Booth continues her transition from player to umpire after being named alongside fellow Australian Natasha Tassone on the umpiring panel for the Asian Youth Netball Championships in Brunei this week.

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Booth, an AIS scholarship holder in 2001-02, made 71 appearances in the shooting circle for the Melbourne Kestrels in the former Commonwealth Bank Trophy, finishing with career figures of 827 goals from 1110 attempts at 75 per cent.

The two up and coming Australian umpires are officiating the ten team tournament at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex, featuring sides from Brunei Darussalam, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

“The Asian Youth Netball Championships provides two of our most promising umpires with a unique opportunity to further develop their skills and experiences on the international stage,” Netball Australia’s Anne-Marie Phippard said.

“The pair has been identified as elite umpires in the making as they possess many of the attributes of a high performance umpire so now it’s a matter of providing them with the opportunities to put their skills into practice across the domestic, national and international stages.”

Western Australia’s Tassone, who turned 18 years old just prior to the tournament, officiated at the 2013 21/U National Netball Championships in Canberra and International Schoolgirls Competition in Adelaide last year.

Both Booth and Tassone have been included in the umpiring pool for the 2013 Australian Netball League, which kicks off with the opening round this weekend.

Tasmania’s Marj Kerslake will also attend the Asian Youth Netball Championships as a member of the Umpire coaching and allocations panel.

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