Experience helps strengthen ANL umpiring panel

_MCA5623LiThe umpiring panel for this year’s Australian Netball League (ANL) will be one of the most credentialed groups in competition’s eight year history.

The panel will go from strength-to-strength with the inclusion of Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 umpires Michelle Phippard and Josh Bowring, who are using the five-week competition as part of their preparations.

The ANL season gets underway next weekend in Canberra and runs through until the end of July.

Bronwen Adams, pictured right who received her All Australia (AA) umpiring badge at last year’s ANL finals says the experience in the panel will benefit the whole group.

“The strength in the group will help bolster everyone and it’s a group that gives you a greater access to learning, and therefore development,” Adams said.

“It’s amazing to be surrounded by umpires who will be umpiring at Netball World Cup and also have consistently umpired ANZ Championship.

In 2014, Adams was a part of Netball Australia’s Emerging Talent Umpire Program, the second tier on the National High Performance Umpire Pathway, focusing on the development of Australia’s emerging high performance umpires.

The program enables these umpires to undertake professional development and identified training activities under the guidance, and with the support of both Netball Australia and their Member Organisation.

“There is a level of natural growth that happens with the pathway that’s in place, including the camps that Netball Australia have put in place for the emerging talent and the access to coaching throughout ANL,” Adams said.

“My overall goal as an umpire is to be as consistent as I possibly can on all games at all levels.”

2015 ANZ ChampionshipAustralian Conference FinalQueensland Firebirds v NSW SwiftsThe opportunity to umpire alongside Emerging Talent coach Phippard, pictured left, may present itself for Adams at the ANL when it begins on June 19, a prospect she is excited for.

“Michelle (Phippard) is my one of my favourite umpires to watch and also someone who has provided me with so much valuable feedback, so it’s definitely an exciting prospect for me.”

Adams recently returned from umpiring at the South-East Asian games.

She said the experience was rewarding but “testing” as she continues to develop her skills as a high performance umpire.

“Any exposure to international netball for me is a test,” Adams said.

“It’s such an area of growth that I need to focus on. The exposure to international netball for me is exciting and an opportunity to learn.”

2015 ANL umpire pool: Michelle Phippard, Josh Bowring, Tara Warner, Marc Henning, Kate Wright, Bronwen Adams, Andrea Booth, Hayley Burgess, Emma Davey, Natasha Tassone, James Matthews.