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Greg Davidson

Born

Paramatta, New South Wales

Occupation

Parks Supervisor (Turf Doctor)

Favourite cricketer growing up

Steve Waugh with the bat, and Dennis Lillee with the ball

One word to describe you

Big

Favourite sporting team 

Parramatta Eels

Which cricket club did you play for 

Paramatta and Greystanes Cricket Club's

First ever job

Apprenticeship in greenkeeping

Who would play you in a movie 

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Twins) as long as John Ward plays Danny DeVito

Favourite holiday destination 

Hawaii/Barbados

Which sporting event in the world would you love to attend

Test Match at Lord's between Australia and England

Favourite food

Seafood or an Fillet Mignon with mushroom sauce

Which talent do you wish you had

I wish I could play golf at a professional level 

What's the best advice you've received

It’s only a game and at the end of the day the contest is between the bat and ball

If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be

Steve Waugh - Because of his dedication, commitment and leadership qualities and I believe I could learn a lot from him

Barack Obama - I would like to know what it’s like to run a powerful country like America and what he went through on his way to being elected

Goldie Hawn - She was my favourite actress during my teenage years

 

UMPIRING BACKGROUND

Why did you choose umpiring? 

So I could stay in the game and challenge myself in a different role

Who has had the most influence on your umpiring career?

My Parents, wife and Darren Goodger

Describe your memories from your First Class debut 

Tasmania versus Western Australia in Hobart - cold, windy, wet, and very exciting

Which is your favourite cricket ground to umpire at and why 

The SCG, It’s the home of cricket in Australia and the history involved with the ground is inspiring

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

A batsman being run out after a ball came into contact with a pine cone just inside the boundary. The batsman assumed it was four runs and stopped mid pitch but the ball was still in play, and was subsequently dismissed

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

If the ball pitches outside leg stump and the batsman doesn’t offer a shot he can be given out LBW

Why should people get involved in umpiring? 

It’s a great way to stay involved and put something back into in the game. It’s also the best seat in the house to watch a game

What advice would you give to aspiring umpires?

Work hard, be yourself and commit to continuous improvement

I wish I could play golf at a professional level
I wish I could play golf at a professional level
I wish I could play golf at a professional level
I wish I could play golf at a professional level