Cricket Umpires Australia
|Born||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Favourite cricketer growing up||Ian Chappell|
|One word to describe you||Deliberate|
|Favourite sporting team||Essendon Bombers|
|Which cricket club did you play for||Kensington, Adelaide University and Prince Alfred Old Collegians Cricket Clubs|
|First ever job||While studying at university, I worked at a major Adelaide department store on Friday nights and weekends. The job involved visiting each cash register throughout the store every few hours and (legitimately) removing excess cash from the till|
|Who would play you in a movie||Rowan Atkinson|
|Favourite holiday destination||Kitzbuhel, Austria – simply beautiful|
|Which sporting event in the world would you love to attend||I would love to be trackside for the final of the men’s 100m sprint at an Olympic Games|
|Favourite food||Anything my wife cooks|
|Which talent do you wish you had||The ability to play a musical instrument well|
|What's the best advice you've received||Very hard to split:-
1. If it's meant to be, it's up to me and 2. Be nice to your mother
|If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be||Larry, Moe and Curly – they would make me feel better about myself|
Why did you choose umpiring?
I had finished playing and wanted to stay involved in the game
Who has had the most influence on your umpiring career?
This is a tough call because there are so many who have helped to shape me as an umpire but if it hadn’t been for Chris Hollard encouraging me to try umpiring, I may not have had an umpiring career
Describe your memories from your First Class debut
Stuart MacGill captained NSW and it’s fair to say he gave me a good working over and some really honest feedback
Which is your favouritecricket ground to umpire at and why
The Adelaide Oval will always be special to me. I watched my first day of cricket “in the flesh” way back in 1973 and was fortunate to make my first class and international debuts at the same ground
What's the strangest thing you've seen happen on field
The Shane Warne – Marlon Samuels incident at the MCG during KFC T20 BBL02 was a little different!
Greatest cricket moment you've seen on field
Andrew (Freddie) Flintoff consoling Brett Lee at the conclusion of the 2005 test match at Edgbaston. I wasn’t there, wish I was
If you could invent a new rule for the game, what would it be
Some things are better left alone
Why should people get involved in umpiring?
Umpiring is a great way to stay involved in the game, or become involved in cricket. You meet some great people and as so many have said, we enjoy the best seat in the house
What advice would you give to aspiring umpires?
Don’t worry about making the occasional mistake because everyone does, just go out and enjoy yourself