a person who is in charge of a sports game
and who makes certain that the rules are followed

Australian Rules Football has a total of 10 referees,

although we call them umpires

They are wearing green trousers, or shorts with a yellow shirt.

For the AFL (Australian Football League games) this year

there are 4 field umpires on the ground during play. 

A goal umpire at either end and 4 boundary umpires

whose task it is to stop play when the ball

goes over the white boundary line. 

As the speed of our game has increased

so too has the number of umpires.    

Our playing areas can be 150-200 yards

long by 120-170 yards wide. 

This ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground

(MCG) is 187 yards long by 160 yard wide.

  When I was 17, I was boundary umpire

for my local team for half a season.

Our ground was said to be 3 laps to a mile

around the boundary line which means

it would be around 210 yards long

by around 155 yards wide.

In those days we only had one field umpire

and two boundary umpires…one either side.

As play see-saws back and forth boundary umpires

were/are expected to be where the ball is

when/if it goes out of play.

The team I have followed all my life

is Collingwood…black shorts and

black and white vertical stripes in this shot.

We have had Texan born Mason Cox

playing and starring with us for several years now.

This is a Collingwood vs Geelong game.

Finally apologies for my photos,

they were taken with a ten year old phone.



Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Dearth




a strong supporter of a party (team), cause, or person (player).

On Thursday afternoon a traditional

ANZAC Day game of football will be played

at the Melbourne cricket Ground.

To say the fans will be partisan

will be an understatement.

However, they will rise as one

to observe a minute of silence,

in memory of the fallen,

before the ANZAC DAY game commences.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Partisan



In approximately another four weeks

it will be ANZAC Day.

In towns large and small all over

Australia and New Zealand

locals will gather for their

Memorial Dawn Service.


About mid afternoon,

at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG),

a crowd of 100,000 football fans

will observe a minute of silence prior to the now

traditional ANZAC DAY game between

Collingwood and Essendon

I have been to a couple of ANZAC Day games, in recent years,

and it is truly a moving experience to see a crowd

of all ages embrace the observation

of silence, for a minute.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Gatherings