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Geoff Joshua - Individual
Born    Melbourne, Victoria 
Occupation    Police Officer 
Favourite cricketer growing up    Geoff 'Swampy' Marsh 
One word to describe you    Tenacious 
Favourite sporting team    Hawthorn Hawks 
Which cricket club did you play for    Richmond, Richmond Union and Kew Cricket Clubs 
First ever job    Umpiring indoor cricket 
Who would play you in a movie    Tom Hanks I suppose, but it would be a pretty boring movie 
Favourite holiday destination    Anywhere on a cruise ship 
Which sporting event in the world would you love to attend    Hard to choose between the NFL Super-bowl, or anywhere watching the Socceroos in a Football World Cup 
Favourite food    Lamb roast 
Which talent do you wish you had    Playing professional golf 
What's the best advice you've received from someone    Back yourself 
If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be    Craig Bellamy and Alistair Clarkson to give me insights into being two of the best coaches in Australian sport, and therefore the best managers of young people. Also Gerard Whately to interview them both 

 

UMPIRING BACKGROUND 

Why did you choose umpiring? 

I realised my playing career wasn’t panning out as I had hoped, and I wanted to be involved with the game at a higher level 

Who has had the most influence on your umpiring career? 

Former coach and first class umpire Bob Stratford, as well as colleague John Ward

Describe your memories from your First Class debut 

At the beautiful Adelaide Oval. Partner was Rod Tucker (who kept a very relaxed mood). Bob Stratford was the Match Referee, and Daryl Harper, whom I’d never met, came down to watch me get presented with my shirts, and wish me well, which was fantastic also.

Brad Hodge made 195 (in what ended up being his final first class game). Victoria led by heaps on the first innings, but SA were saved by a day-long partnership between Daniel Harris and nightwatchman Cullen Bailey

Which is your favourite cricket ground to umpire at and why 

MCG – Because of the History, and because it’s the best sports stadium in the world.  As a kid, I was often there with my Dad at the G, dreaming of being out in the middle, and am now fortunate to get that opportunity

What's the strangest thing you've seen happen on field 

At the Albert Ground in Melbourne, home of the Melbourne Cricket Club, where a 5 star hotel overlooks the ground. In the last few overs of a close and tense game between the two top 1st Grade sides, a couple in a hotel room were oblivious to the fact that they were being watched, in full view, by everyone on the field. The players on the field were giving a complete and ongoing commentary of the hotel room for more than half an hour, and the closeness of the game seemed like it was the last thing from their minds

Greatest cricket moment you've seen on field

Umpiring the final day of Fawad Ahmed’s first class debut for Victoria, when the opposition seemed completely bamboozled from top to bottom.  Also, Evan Gulbis making 229 for Tasmania, batting at number 8, and following it up by getting 10 wickets for the match

If you could invent a new rule for the game, what would it be

Four run penalty (and a free hit) for every no-ball. Hopefully then the bowlers wouldn’t even get close to the line

Why should people get involved in umpiring? 

It’s a great challenge, and you meet the most fantastic people, in the best game in the world

What advice would you give to aspiring umpires? 

Get to know the laws and playing conditions very well.  An error of judgement is always forgiven and forgotten, but a playing condition error is talked about constantly