Culmination of exciting week for AFL umpire
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
UMPIRING the curtain-raiser for next week's Kangaroos and Port Adelaide AFL match in Canberra will be the culmination of an exciting week for young umpire Luke Turner.
Turner has been selected to umpire at next week's Under 12 and Under 15 National Championships being held in the nation's capital which is a giant step for the 16 year old.
Only three young umpires from each state have been selected for the championships and only Turner received the added bonus of being booked to officiate the AFL fixture at Manuka Oval when the championships are over.
During this match, Turner will not only be umpiring in front of 10,000 fans but also the national selector for umpiring who is always on the look out for new talent to add to the roster of senior umpires in the national competition.
"It's very exciting as you could imagine," Turner said.
"This is something I've strived towards for 2 years and I've been excited since I got the news."
Turner took up umpiring in 2003 and umpired his first North Coast senior game the next year.
While biding his time in the local league, Turner has always had one eye on his dream of becoming a senior field umpire in the AFL.
"Hopefully I'll get there," the Orara High student dreamed.
"There's a few steps to go but this is a big step.
"It would be great to get the opportunity to do the thing that I love."
Not only is Turner chuffed with the opportunity that the selection brings but also the positive feedback that it provides.
"Your confidence goes up from the pat on the back.
"It makes you feel good and that you're a good umpire."