BOUNDARY umpire Tim Lougoon marked an eighth football grand final appearance in Sunday's VFL clash between Box Hill Hawks and Geelong.
It was back-to-back VFL senior grand finals for Lougoon, who was adjudged the league's boundary umpire of the year for 2013.
The 25-year-old first started umpiring on the boundary with the Bendigo Football League in 2003.
Among the many highs have been six senior grand finals in the BFL.
Lougoon officiated with the VFL between 2008-10, but increasing work commitments as a civil engineer meant he returned to the BFL in 2011.
He rejoined the VFL last year.
"To umpire in a grand final is always the goal at the start of the season," Lougoon said.
"The league award was great because it recognises all the hard work at training and in matches."
He umpired in 18 of the 19 rounds this VFLseason and then in three finals.
He said Sunday's grand final clash between the Hawks and Cats at Etihad Stadium was a fast-paced contest.
Box Hill upset Geelong.
"There were six goals in the first 10 minutes, and 10 goals by the 20-minute mark of the first quarter, so there was plenty of running to do."
After a holiday in Europe, Lougoon will be set for the start of plenty of running when pre-season begins in November.
"We have a training program through November and January, and then a 4km time trial in February."
Lougoon said a long-term goal was to be a boundary umpire in the AFL.