A KEEN eye for the rules has helped three Bendigo netball umpires earn their C grade badges.
Kutanya netball umpires Karina Robinson, Alisha Brown and Morgan Gittins put their whistleblowing talent on display at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited Football and Netball Carnival.
The Shepparton carnival, held earlier this month, was the first time Netball Victoria has worked with VACSAL to guide talented young umpires towards their badges.
Netball teams in under-12s, 15s and 18s divisions battled it out on court under the watchful eye of the young indigenous officials.
Robinson,16; Brown,13 and 15-year-old Gittins - plus Rhianna Buis Kerr from Wanganui - worked with umpire coaches and assessors during tournament rounds and were put through an hour-long assessment period to earn their C grade badges.
“Netball Victoria is delighted with the outcome from the VASCAL Football Netball Carnival with four umpires obtaining their national C badges," regional development manager north Pam Ferrari said.
"This is the first time umpires have been talent identified and badged during this competition; it has been a wonderful opportunity for some of our juniors to continue with the umpire development pathway.”